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Haimson: Tumblr’s ban on nudity cast trans communities from the platform

Quoted by Euronews.culture. Assistant professor Oliver Haimson. Tumblr is bringing back nudity, reversing the infamous 2018 porn ban.

Friday, 11/11/2022

In 2018, Tumblr banned nudity from its platform, sending shockwaves through LGBTQ+ communities who used the network as a safe space. Recently, Tumblr decided to reverse its ban. 

An article by Euronews.culture discusses the change, the role of nudity on Tumblr and how this reversal will impact the future of the platform. 

The piece cites research published by University of Michigan School of Information assistant professor Oliver Haimson, an expert on the role of social media and digital platforms for marginalized communities. . 

In 2019, Haimson published a paper examining the role of Tumblr on transgender communites. 

“Tumblr’s features enabled non-normative, fluid, non-linear, and multiple identity presentations, making it queer both in theory and in use by LGBTQ people,” Haimson writes. “Tumblr’s ban sent a clear signal to trans communities that they were no longer welcome—and leaves it unclear where they will congregate next.”


Read “Tumblr is bringing back nudity, reversing the infamous 2018 porn ban” at Euronews.culture. 

Read Haimson’s paper, titled “Tumblr was a trans technology: the meaning, importance, history, and future of trans technologies.” 

Learn more about Haimson’s research and interests by visiting his faculty profile