Tonight has been absolutely horrible. It felt so hard to know what to do. I don’t want to ignore a victim, but I don’t want to repeat incredibly serious accusations that I have no way of substantiating either. It’s made me examine my attitudes pretty harshly - am I just a hypocrite who looks the other way when it’s difficult? Do I stupidly trust people just because I like them when they cross my dash? Would I choose an entertaining dash over an anonymous victim I don’t have to think about?
The answer is no. This is the internet. Most people here are strangers to me. People lie and on the internet, lying is easy. I can’t fully support or fully condemn anyone I don’t know because I just don’t have the information. I’m not in a position to pretend to be dispensing any justice because there can be no fair public judgement from the position I’m in. All I can do is be responsible for my own behaviour. I don’t knowingly follow or otherwise engage with any minors. If people I don’t know talk to me, I never say anything remotely nsfw. I’m also going to use my common sense and make my own personal judgements of people based on what I see of them,because there is no other way to function.
All over my dash I see responsible adults telling minors to unfollow or block them. The same obviously goes for me. I’m not responsible however for unsupervised children who lie about or conceal their age. I have no investigative powers and I am not the police. I am not tumblr staff. To me, the sensible, responsible, fair thing to do is not talk about it pretending I have some authority that I really don’t.