Tumblr Safe Mode: How Do?
so what’s up with tumblr safe mode, anyway?
Inspired by @the-son-of-dathomir who posed the very valid question “so just how bad is the new update anyway – can anyone provide actual sources instead of the same screenshot over and over?” Given our (tumblr users’) known tendency to reblog first and fact check never, I decided to find out for myself!
I created a brand new account where I listed my age as 16, which I’ll call BB for Baby Blog, and a sideblog from my main that I flagged as explicit. I turned on safe mode for my main to see what sorts of things got flagged and then set off to explore.
Note: there were some things (posts, blogs) that were NOT flagged on BB that other users have been saying got flagged for them (for example, both @sapphic-sex-ed and @positive-lesbian-vibes have had users saying the blogs were flagged for them, but neither of them were on BB), so it’s possible that we each get our own, individualized, terrible safe mode algorithm. If someone else wants to test stuff too, please link me! The more info about this SNAFU the better.
Second note: safe search CAN be turned off in mobile for adult users, they just did it oddly. On iOS you need to go to the general phone settings, not the tumblr app – you scroll down in settings to tumblr settings and you can toggle safe mode on/off from there.
Results under the cut!