What is Tumblr?
Tumblr is a short-form microblogging social media platform. It is host to more than 529 million blogs, which includes a variety of content such as fan fiction and art, memes, advice and more. In general, Tumblr is used to bring people of similar interests together.
How it works
Tumblr is used for a variety of reasons and each user may have a different purpose. When using the platform, users can:
- Create a blog and post videos, photographs and links to other websites
- Share content with friends and followers
- Subscribe to follow blogs on the platform which show up on their Dashboard and reply or like the individual post (just like Facebook)
- Post blog entries just on the platform or also on other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
What is the minimum age for Tumblr?
According to Tumblr’s Terms of Service, the platform’s general age minimum is 13. However, users in the European Union and United Kingdom must be at least 16 years old. Additionally, if users wish to use Tumblr’s tipping feature, they must be 18 or older.
Why is Tumblr popular among young people?
Tumblr offers young people a place to discover and explore new interests or topics, especially those which may be quite niche. It also brings together blogging and social media under one roof to give young people a way to get real-time feedback on what they post. In this way, Tumblr promotes a community around common interests.
Additionally, Tumblr has a very active LGBT+ community. It offers users an opportunity to explore their identity and learn about the community in a safe space.
Is Tumblr safe?
Young people under 16 in the UK should not use the platform. While Tumblr’s community guidelines warn against adult content, violence, hate speech and more, users could still come across these things. If this happens, users should report the content right away.
Tumblr has safety features similar to other social media platforms. They include:
- filtering tags
- filtering post content
- hiding mature content
- hiding topics such as addiction, violence and sexual themes
- options to keep accounts private or hidden
Most of these features are automatically hidden on registration.
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