Tumblr Safety Guide

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  1. What is and isn’t allowed on Tumblr?
  2. What if I receive unwanted messages, reblogs, or follows?
  3. What happens when I block someone from my blog?
  4. Will someone know if I’ve blocked them?
  5. Will blocking someone prevent them from reading my blog posts?
  6. How do I report harassment, or abuse, on Tumblr?
  7. What happens after I report someone?
  8. Who can report harassment on Tumblr?
  9. How can bystanders report harassment?
  10. Does Tumblr accept screenshots as evidence for harassment?
  11. If I report someone on Tumblr, will they know I reported them? / Are reports kept confidential?
  12. Will I be notified when my abuse report to Tumblr has been dealt with?
  13. How long will it take Tumblr to respond to my abuse report?
  14. What are some advanced features for people targeted for harassment on Tumblr (other than the block and report options)?
  15. I submitted an abuse report to Tumblr, but I feel that my case wasn’t handled adequately (e.g., abusive posts have not been deleted, harasser’s profile is not suspended, etc.). What should I do now?
  16. In the abuse review process, does Tumblr give priority review to certain types of abuse (i.e., violent threats, doxxing, etc.), or does Tumblr review reports in the order they received them?
  17. What resources does Tumblr offer for harassment victims?

 

  1. What is and isn’t allowed on Tumblr?

    What Tumblr is for:

    Tumblr celebrates creativity. We want you to express yourself freely and use Tumblr to reflect who you are, and what you love, think, and stand for.

    What Tumblr is not for:

    • Malicious Speech
    • Harm to Minors
    • Promotion or Glorification of Self-Harm
    • Gore, Mutilation, Bestiality, or Necrophilia
    • Unflagged NSFW Blogs
    • Uploading Sexually Explicit Video
    • Non-Genuine Social Gesture Schemes
    • Deceptive or Fraudulent Links
    • Misattribution or Non-Attribution
    • Username/URL Abuse or Squatting
    • Spam
    • Mass Registration or Automation
    • Unauthorized Contests, Sweepstakes, or Giveaways
    • Themes Distributed by Third Parties
    • Copyright or Trademark Infringement
    • Confusion or Impersonation
    • Harassment
    • Privacy Violations
    • Disruptions, Exploits, or Resource Abuse
    • Unlawful Uses or Content

    For more information on what is and isn’t allowed on Tumblr, see the Community Guidelines.

     

  2. What if I receive unwanted messages, reblogs, or follows?

    Simple answer: Block the person who’s sending them. You can do so from a number of places within Tumblr:

    • From your mobile or web dashboard, open the user’s blog by clicking or tapping on the avatar, then go to the user menu (the little human0, and select Block.
    • From your blog settings page on the web, just click the pencil to edit your blocked users then type in the user that you want to block.
    • From your mobile or web inbox, just click or tap the big X on any message.

    If the message was sent anonymously, it isn’t associated with any particular account, and there’s not actually a specific user behind them that you can block. You can, however, permanently block the IP address the message came from. Any further messages sent from that address will never see the inside of your inbox. FYI: There’s no way to unblock an anonymous IP address.

     

  3. What happens when I block someone from my blog?

    When you block someone:

    • They won’t be able to follow your blog
    • They won’t be able to send you fan mails or asks to your blog.
    • They won’t be able to see your blog’s posts in their Dashboard.
    • They won’t be able to like, reblog, or reply to your blog’s posts.
    • Your blog won’t show up in their search results.

    Just a note for anyone with secondary blogs: when you block someone, you’ll be blocking them from a specific blog on your account, not all of them. If you want to block someone from all of your blogs, then you’ll have to add them to each block list.

     

  4. Will someone know if I’ve blocked them?

    We don’t tell people when you block them, but they might realize it on their own if, say, they try to reblog one of your posts and are prevented from doing so.
     

  5. Will blocking someone prevent them from reading my blog posts?

    No, because Tumblr is a public blog, anything you post can be seen by the public at large. Even if you block someone, they could still theoretically visit your URL and read your posts, just like any other member of the public. If they try to actually interact with your posts, though, they’ll be denied.

    If you decide you want total privacy, you can make a private blog.

     

  6. How do I report harassment, or abuse, on Tumblr?

    You can report violations of Community Guidelines (e.g., malicious speech, harm to minors, etc.) with separate online forms for each violation. You can report the following violations:

    On each form, you will be asked for:

    1. URL of the post you are reporting
    2. A description, to the best of your ability, of how the post violates Tumblr’s Community Guidelines
    3. Your email address
    4. Your name (Optional)

    If the violation fits into more than one category, then choose the category that fits best. If it doesn’t fit into any category or requires a longer description than is allowed, then you can report it to us directly.

     

  7. What happens after I report someone?

    Tumblr’s Trust & Safety Team will review your report, and if the reported content violates the Community Guidelines, then any of the following may occur:

    • The abuser will receive a notice via email that he/she has posted banned content and must take it down
    • Tumblr will remove the abusive content
    • Tumblr will suspend or delete the abuser’s account

     

  8. Who can report harassment on Tumblr?

    The people who can report harassment, or abuse, are:

    • the victim
    • a legal representative of the victim
    • a bystander

    Good bystanders will report the harassment they see on Tumblr and help make Tumblr a safer platform. Bystander involvement helps to curb the harassment on Tumblr and shows the victim that they are supported by the Tumblr community.

     

  9. How can bystanders report harassment?

    Bystanders can report harassment on someone else’s behalf using this form. They will be asked for:

    • The URL of the content being reported
    • Email address
    • Name (Optional)

     

  10. Does Tumblr accept screenshots as evidence for harassment?

    Yes, Tumblr accept screenshots as evidence, but in order to attach them to your report, you must report directly to us.

    (Note: If you use the report form for specific violations, you cannot attach screenshots.)

     

  11. If I report someone on Tumblr, will they know I reported them? / Are reports kept confidential?

    When we receive a harassment complaint, we do not notify the user being reported of the specific allegations being made against them. However, if we take action on the complaint, the user will be notified if we remove content from their account, or if their account is ultimately terminated.

     

  12. Will I be notified when my abuse report to Tumblr has been dealt with?

    We receive a lot of reports, and a real human being on the Tumblr Trust & Safety team looks at every single one of them. We try to respond to all of the complaints that we get in, although, depending on what our volume is, it may take us a few days to get back to you.

     

  13. How long will it take Tumblr to respond to my abuse report?

    Like we said, a real human being on the Tumblr Trust & Safety team looks at every single report we get. We try to answer all of them within 24 hours of receiving it, but depending on what our volume is, it may take us a few days to respond, so please be patient.

     

  14. What are some advanced features for people targeted for harassment on Tumblr (other than the block and report options)?

    If you are being harassed on Tumblr, blocking that user is the best first step. Blocked users can’t follow you, can’t see your posts on their dashboard, reblog your posts, like your posts, or do anything else with your posts. You also won’t get Asks or Messages from users you’ve blocked, and you won’t appear in their search results. If you block someone, and don’t otherwise initiate contact with that person, they won’t have a way of communicating with you on Tumblr. You can also flag the content for a member of Tumblr Trust & Safety to look at.

     

  15. I submitted an abuse report to Tumblr, but I feel that my case wasn’t handled adequately (e.g., abusive posts have not been deleted, harasser’s profile is not suspended, etc.). What should I do now?

    We take bullying and harassment very seriously. We also value freedom of expression and balancing both concerns isn’t always easy. If you think that there is any additional information that would affect the outcome of your complaint, please let us know and we will look into the issue again.

     

  16. In the abuse review process, does Tumblr give priority review to certain types of abuse (i.e., violent threats, doxxing, etc.), or does Tumblr review reports in the order they received them?

    A member of the Tumblr Trust & Safety team reviews every single complaint that comes in from our abuse forms, regardless of the nature of the complaint.

     

  17. What resources does Tumblr offer for harassment victims?

    If you or someone you know is having a tough time or just needs to talk to someone, we have compiled a list of resources for that purpose. These can be found at: https://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/counseling_prevention_resources