Tumblr Launches a Safe Mode for Sensitive Souls
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Tumblr has launched a new Safe Mode designed to let sensitive souls browse the web without seeing anything likely to offend them. This is part of a growing trend online, as social networks and other sites are realizing the responsibility they have to their legions of users.

Tumblr boasts a high percentage of NSFW content, and, according to TechCrunch, this material drives 20.53 percent of clicks. However, not everyone uses Tumblr for the Ts and As. In fact, some would prefer those Ts and As to GTFO. Which has led to Tumblr launching a Safe Mode…

Protecting Sensitive Souls From Harm

Tumblr’s Safe Mode is an extension of the Safe Search function that’s been around for several years now. As its name suggests Safe Search filters sensitive content from search results. Safe Mode also filters sensitive content from your Dashboard, meaning you won’t see it at all ever.

With Safe Mode enabled you won’t see any content Tumblr has deemed to be sensitive in nature. Instead you’ll see a gray screen with a message informing you, “This post may contain sensitive media”. If you click View Post you can bypass this screen and see the content hidden beneath.

Tumblr is likely to face the usual claims of censorship. In practical terms it is censoring sensitive content, but only if the user opts in by choice. The exception are users under the age of 18, who will be opted in to using Safe Mode by default whether they like it or not. However, users can simply lie about their age when registering their account in order to circumvent this.

Viewing the World Through a Filter

As we intimated above, there’s a growing trend, especially amongst social networks, to offer sensitive users a way of navigating the web without being bombarded with NSFW material. It’s not how I’d choose to view the world personally, but offering that option can only be a good thing.

Do you regularly use Tumblr? If so, will you be opting into using Safe Mode? What kind of content are you hoping to avoid seeing? Do you already use the Safe Search capacity? Or did you not even know that was a thing until now? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Joey
    August 4, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    i dont have my cellphone rn and i need a way to login facebook and i dont know my password help PLEASE!!

  2. Cain
    July 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    As someone who regularly uses tumblr going between a mix of sensitive and regular sites, I think those with special preferences should be who should have to log in. Akin to the LGBT content mix-up, who decides what is sensitive? It shouldn't be tumblr. Let the site visitor decide.

  3. Mike
    July 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I guess this is the death knell for Tumblr. It is essentially requiring you to sin up to view sensitive material, so on members will access their site and only those whose remove the filter will see all the content. Oh well, they were becoming a second MySpace anyway.

  4. Anomalous
    July 28, 2017 at 3:35 am

    So bye Tumblr! I'm well over 18, but I'll never sign up for an account and you have blocked anything that I look at with safe mode. I hope your as revenue tanks...

  5. Dianne Strong Bilski
    July 22, 2017 at 1:32 am

    I have tried to use what I think is my password but it does not verify it. I have tried over and over to go through all the processes given to retrieve my password but to no avail. I just read that my account has been blocked for suspicious activity . Please helpt

  6. Mairon
    June 23, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I'm fifteen years old and lgbt. I can't even reblog my friends' pro-lgbt posts even if they contain no nudity or profane language. On the other hand, I can still view pro-Nazi, homophobic, and hateful posts with no problems what-so-ever.

    Safe Search would be fine if there was an option to turn it off. Tumblr just decided to take away our freedom to choose what we see online. I'm forced to create a new Yahoo account because Tumblr is blocking the content that's supportive of people like me.

  7. Olli
    June 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Tbh, i did understand the older one because there was some weird ass porn on that site in my feed at night not even I really wanted to see but now i can't find half of the stuff i go on tumblr for. Which pisses me off but most likely they will tone it down after there porn and gore audience gets done and leaves the site

  8. CJ
    June 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The Safe Mode feature sucks, all the porn is still there, but all the cats, food, and DIY craft crap is tagged as NSFW? Sign the petition here please, so tumblr knows how much it sucks: https://www.change.org/p/tumblr-remove-tumblr-s-brand-new-safe-mode-update

  9. Tsultrim
    June 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Safe mode would be fine if it was optional.

  10. Pema
    June 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Tumblr's new safe mode is horrible, It automatically censors lgbt content ,
    you actually have to be 19, not 18 (look it up the small print) to turn it off,
    many people put in random date of births when making an account so are locked out of content even though they are over 19,
    It censors the most innocent content?? I've been blocked from viewing kittens, parrots , flowers, ect.
    Many people who can turn off safe mode find it turns itself back on.
    Everyone already uses x-kit to filter, safe mode does not prevent spam and real nsfw content from getting to you.

  11. Toften
    June 23, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Sensitive souls or those who don't want to have that conversation with HR when they're spotted scrolling through their Tumblr feed on their break...

    • Amber
      June 23, 2017 at 5:37 am

      I was going to say exactly that. Maybe I don't want my dashboard to have porn or gore while I'm browsing Tumblr in public... calling it "protecting sensitive souls" is ridiculous.

      • Steve
        August 14, 2017 at 8:36 am

        Then why require the rest of the world to have an account when it's YOU "sensitive souls" that are the ones complaining. YOU all should be the ones required to have an account if you need their help to restrict your access to their data, while the rest of us are left unaffected. And, you must have a great job if they allow you to surf the web on their dime!

        • Amber
          August 15, 2017 at 2:16 am

          Buddy the only one complaining here is you. Sign up and grow up, Tumblr is pointless without a dashboard anyway. It's really impressive how you replied to a comment from two months ago just to whine. I wouldn't say I'm the sensitive person here...

        • Mark
          August 21, 2017 at 4:17 am

          It's the same as people saying "I'm offended by that". For some reason 'those people' feel the world is theirs to dictate how, when, why, where. There's a simple solution....DON'T LOOK. Are you FORCED to watch TV programs? No. Same is true for the internet. There are menus on TV's to see what's all on, should some be blocked as to what's on a certain channel because "sensitive people" are offended by something? Who are these "sensitive people" to dictate what the rest of the world must like and dislike. I don't like "sensitive people" so they should be hidden from my view when I'm out in the world, I don't want to see them or know they exist. All you "sensitive people" are now only permitted to be in public when the us normal people say so and even then you must be covered from head to toe as to not offended us by your presence. The shoe would be on the other foot, as the saying goes, also a taste of your own medicine would do you all a world of good.

          What if people are offended by lgbt? Why is it not a big deal people are not able to look at Tumblr without seeing lgbt? Why are lgbt things such a big deal? Oh that's right, EVERYONE has to like or dislike the status quo. I personally don't want to see Bruce Jenner types, it's not my thing so from now on the media is not allowed to show him/her or mention him/her without my personal consent.

          To address Amber's comment, you don't have to have a dashboard to view and enjoy Tumblr, it's nice to not have to sign up for everything just to view it. You "sensitive people" are ruining the world by your constant crying about everyone not liking/disliking everything you do. And no, I don't care what you like or dislike. I like what I like and dislike what I dislike without needing permission from "sensitive people" for either. I'm an adult and very capable of making my own decisions without consultation from "sensitive types" and "I'm offended by that" types. I also don't need 'them' to decided what I want to see, if I don't want to see it I don't look at it. WOW WHAT AN EPIPHANY!!!! WHO WOULD THINK HUMANS DON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE EYES?!?!?