Tumblr’s porn spam problem

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Everything I post here on WordPress gets posted to my Tumblr account for cross promotional purposes. If someone with their own Tumblr likes something you post they’ll leave a note. A note in the Tumblr equivalent of a Facebook like.

The other day I posted the story about the man from Washington who was raping his 6-year-old step-daughter and offering her up on craigslist. When it crossposted to Tumblr the post immediately got a note. I didn’t think much of it because there’s a decent sized anti-human trafficking community on Tumblr. The note said that so and so’s account liked this. It also provides a link to the user’s Tumblr page. I clicked the link not knowing what to expect and I was greeted with a very vivid animated gif of a woman getting railed with a link that said “click here for the video”.

I’m not opposed to ‘adult entertainment’ per se however everything needs to be in context. I realize it’s probably just some spam bot searching for certain keywords but remember, this was a story about the rape of a 6-year-old girl. What keywords did I use that tripped their script?

The real problem is even though I blocked the account the note still remains on my Tumblr post. I have yet to find a way to remove it without removing valid notes on other posts. If this is happening to me I imagine it’s happening to others as well. What if it’s happening to the blog of a rape survivor or a child that survived being molested? What does that say about Tumblr?

UPDATE 6/22/2015: Tumblr eventually removed the offending note after I had contacted them which is fine however, shouldn’t this be an option for the user without having to contact Tumblr?

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