The CNET portal, through independent sources, found out that the application was deleted due to the presence of child pornography that passed through the site’s filters. After providing this information to Tumblr, a company spokesman posted a statement confirming conjecture.
We strive to help create a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to content related to sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
Since this is a problem for the entire industry, we work with our industry colleagues and partners, such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform.
Each image uploaded to Tumblr is checked against a database of well-known materials on sexual abuse of children and, in case of coincidence, does not end up on the platform. A regular check found content on our platform that was not yet included in this database. We immediately removed these materials.
Content protection is a complex aspect of scalable platforms. We constantly evaluate the further steps that we can take to improve [the situation] and for our team there are no [tasks] of higher priority.
Initially, neither Tumblr nor Apple publicly disclosed the nature of the “problem.” The disappearance of the application took place on November 16, but then representatives of Tumblr called it “malfunctions.”