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Korea welcomes Tumblr's no-porn policy

Tumblr has long been a major headache for the Korea Communications Standards Commission. AP

By Jung Min-ho

Korea's internet censorship body has welcomed Tumblr's no-porn policy, which is set to take effect on Dec. 17.

"Tumblr informed us early Tuesday of its new policy against explicit adult content … We have noticed that it has already started removing some of such content," the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Wednesday.

The New York-based social networking site announced Monday (local time) that it will remove "photos, videos, and GIFs" displaying explicit material, including human genitalia, "female-presenting nipples" and sex acts.

The move came only days after child pornography was found on its platform, which resulted in the Tumblr app being pulled from the Apple App Store.

Tumblr has long been a haven for all kinds of adult content, which many believe greatly helped the company grow into what it is today. For the KCSC, it was a major headache.

From January to June 2017 alone, the KCSC sent Tumblr more than 22,000 requests to delete posts that were either obscene or linked to the sex trade. The same year, the KCSC asked the company to regulate sexually explicit content, only to be rejected.


Tumblr has long been a major headache for the Korea Communications Standards Commission. AP

By Jung Min-ho

Korea's internet censorship body has welcomed Tumblr's no-porn policy, which is set to take effect on Dec. 17.

"Tumblr informed us early Tuesday of its new policy against explicit adult content … We have noticed that it has already started removing some of such content," the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Wednesday.

The New York-based social networking site announced Monday (local time) that it will remove "photos, videos, and GIFs" displaying explicit material, including human genitalia, "female-presenting nipples" and sex acts.

The move came only days after child pornography was found on its platform, which resulted in the Tumblr app being pulled from the Apple App Store.

Tumblr has long been a haven for all kinds of adult content, which many believe greatly helped the company grow into what it is today. For the KCSC, it was a major headache.

From January to June 2017 alone, the KCSC sent Tumblr more than 22,000 requests to delete posts that were either obscene or linked to the sex trade. The same year, the KCSC asked the company to regulate sexually explicit content, only to be rejected.


Jung Min-ho mj6c2@koreatimes.co.kr


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