Hey guys. Twitter announced today that they are shutting down vine. Vine has been my creative outlet for months now, and if it shuts down I have no idea what I’m going to do. And I’m not the only one that feels this way. Hundreds of people are absolutely distraught that this is happening. I know that some of you may not understand what this means to us, but if you could take two seconds to go sign this petition, that would be amazing.
With that one sentence, Filipino phans felt a whirlwind of emotions- most of which could be described as sadness.
Dan and Phil tried to bring TATINOF to the Philippines but unfortunately, they were turned down.
I know what you’re thinking, just go to Vidcon or wait for DAPGO! They’re bound to get there someday.
But we want to see their stage show. We want to meet them. You Americans and Europeans probably have no problem seeing them but we do have problems seeing them. Not everyone can actually book a ticket to go to vidcon.
We want to see them on our homeland, complaining about the heat while dan’s hair go moist from the humidity. We want to see them walk around, looking like kapres while people stare at them. We want to see their tweets, probably complaining about how terrible the wifi is. Because it would mean that they’re here in the Philippines and that would be amazing.
Some of us were absolutely devastated to hear Dan say that they were denied turned down. A lot of have so much to say to them, to thank them for what they did. We want to have that chance too.
So please, support our petition. It doesn’t take more than four minutes to get it done. We want to meet Dan and Phil, two guys with a camera who could always make us smile.
“I’ve been waiting since the day they announced that they were going on tour and I’ve been watching them for a long time now. I know that they might seem to be “just youtubers” but they’re entertainers as well. They aren’t people that just post stuff on the internet, they post videos to the internet so that they can at least make a person laugh and uplift their lives. That’s what they did for me at least.” -Enzo Abalayan via change.org
Petition to have Tumblr actually do something about porn blog bots following users.
• It’s annoying. • It gives an imperfect metric for how many followers you have. (I would estimate about 25% of my “followers” are porn blogs run by bots). • It makes pulling up your activity page iffy even if you use Tumblr strictly for SFW content. • It’s problematic for individuals who have struggled with sex and/or pornography addictions, especially since many of the blog names are not obviously porn names, causing you to preview the blog. • It exposes minors to illegal and harmful content.
And to many some of us: • Porn (not the human beings in the porn) is disgusting. • (Some of us, but not all) also find porn degrading to human beings, especially women (simply because women are more often the central attraction in porn, not because they are women and therefore somehow magically more affected by sex than men.) • It makes Tumblr a less classy, less reputable place.
Please share this if you agree this is a serious problem.
Update Aug. 01, 2016: Both myself and others who’ve messaged me regarding this have tired to contact Tumblr support directly, through email, and through Twitter. Aside from a generic copy/pasted response about how great it is that we’re being vigilant against spam, they have not taken any action or even acknowledged that this is a problem for many users. They don’t even take action when a user complains that the porn-bots are using their non-NSFW pictures for the porn-bot profile picture, or when the bots steal copyrighted NSFW images for their own use.
I don’t want to sound paranoid, but I’m beginning to think Tumblr has a vested financial interest in the porn-bots and actively wants to keep them going. For example, they might have back-door agreements with major porn sites because this is a great way to bring in new users (especially young users) who don’t yet visit those sites. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that they don’t care about this problem. I encourage you to reach out to them directly as well through various social media. This will not change unless they feel like it will be more beneficial for them to deal with the problem than leave it the way it is.
Edit: Whoa. I posted this less than two days ago (July 25th 2016) and already it’s by far my most popular post (4,300 notes). It’s awesome seeing this kind of response, and I’m happy I decided to make this even though it seemed silly at the time. I was writing it as a way to vent more than really thinking anything would come of it, but I couldn’t be more pleased.To the people saying thank you because they thought they were alone in being really annoyed and/or disgusted by the porn-bots: Thank you! I didn’t know so many people agreed on this issue. I thought I was in the quiet, silent minority. Now I’m rethinking that. It goes to show we’re more alike than we think.To everyone reblogging and tagging @staff : Thank you! I didn’t realize that was an option. How great would it be if something actually came of this?Of course, we could choose to go on other websites. But I’m guessing I’m not alone in my confusion as to why it’s easy to avoid porn on Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, DeviantArt, etc. etc. but close to impossible on Tumblr. I can’t imagine it’s beyond their capabilities to deal with this issue.Lastly, people have added a couple more reasons this is a problem. It’s a problem for:
• People who are repulsed by sexually explicit images • People who don’t mind “normal” sexual images but who can’t get the (often violent) hardcore gifs out of their minds after seeing them with an accidental preview. • People who are religious and disavow pornography. Obviously it’s not a sin if the contact with pornography is accidental, but it still causes negative guilt-like feelings, especially when they catch themselves linger over the images, even for curiosity’s sake. I’m sure there are even more.
Edit #2: Some people have brought up their concerns about what I mean by “especially women” and if I mean to target sex workers as part of the problem. These are great questions! I address them here.
Edit #3: Even though I specifically said only some of us find hard-core porn disgusting, some people have brought up their concerns with what I mean by that as well. I can understand why you would feel that way, and really my beef about the porn-bots doesn’t need that to be effective, but in case you are curious. I discuss that here. If you are then further curious to see what kind of guy would have such strong opinions about porn, you can read this. I’m happy to talk about it with you, but please note this is not an open invitation to attack my beliefs. :)
Edit #4: One more quick edit before going to sleep for the night. I realize my plea for getting rid of the porn bots also touches on much more complicated issues that people have strong feelings about. Porn-use in general, sex workers, misogyny, philosophy, religion. It’s good to talk and even debate, try to understand each other better, but I also feel like this should be a more focussed thing. Let’s just deal with the one thing we agree with: the porn bots suck eggs and they need to go. By reblogging this, you are NOT saying you agree with whatever other beliefs I may hold. This is only about the porn bots. I should have been tighter on my original composition, focusing only on the porn bots. (Man, that’s a weird sentence.) I’m really sorry if I hurt anyone’s feelings today in our discussions. That’s not the kind of person I am, but short bursts of text are not the best medium for convey complex feelings and emotions. Goodnight.
I’m adding some helpful links here since this got more popular and more notes than I’ve ever had, a few people posted things varying from not being sure what to do with the orcas if this passes, not having any understanding of why we’re fighting for their retirement to sea pens, and some straight up Pro-captivity propaganda. Since I may not be able to catch every question I get via notes since they’re going up very fast right now, I’m going to link a few of my replies here so people have a better understanding of what we’re fighting for and why. Some images in the replies may be graphic, but please bear with me- If we don’t see whats going on, if you don’t see it with your own eyes, you can convince yourself everything is okay, and it isn’t.
6. Again about releasing the whales(and even more in detail than the other two. This one is entirely dedicated to why we cannot release the whales and how we want them retired to sea pens and sea sanctuaries!)
It’s time for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United The Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and other cases opened the gates to a flood of billions of dollars that threatens to undermine our democracy.
What we need now is a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
My girlfriend proposed to me the day we graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, one of the most respected schools in China. That’s a tradition here – but not if you’re a lesbian.
After photos of our proposal went viral, party officials at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies threatened to withhold my diploma, saying we should “keep our homosexuality to ourselves and don’t pester others.”
It didn’t stop there. They outed me to my parents and had the police break into my apartment to collect personal notes as “evidence”.
I’m devastated and humiliated, but I’m fighting back and need your help.
PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Over 10,000 dogs are killed every year in southern China for the annual Yulin Festival. These pets are robbed and snatched from their homes, dragged with a rope to a car, skinned alive, boiled alive, tortured, kept in small cages and beaten badly. The festival will be on June 21st this year. I know this isn’t the content of my blog but please help stop the Yulin festival. We’re are close to the goal. Raise your paw.
In 2004, the British government introduced the Hunting Act, which made the hunting of animals such as red foxes, hares and deer for sport or pleasure totally illegal. Now, just 11 years later, Prime Minister David Cameron is moving to repeal the ban, by opening the issue to a free vote of the MPs. This means that MPs will be voting based on personal views, but more importantly, on the views of their constituents.
For those who might be unfamiliar with British ‘traditional’ fox hunting, it’s a so-called ‘blood sport’ typically practiced by England’s very rich minorities, where a group of riders on horseback will set loose a pack of dogs on the countryside to hunt down and brutally kill wild animals for no other reason than personal enjoyment.
Despite the ban, these people (and I use the term loosely), have continued to hold regular ‘hunts’ (claiming that no animals are harmed) and have repeatedly shown that they feel the law does not apply to the privileged gentry.
You will not believe how fast I signed this, oh my word.
Transgender people in the UK are forced to pay to prove their identity to a Gender Recognition Panel. This process is humiliating, outdated and unnecessary. We urge the government to introduce an act equivalent to the Irish Gender Recognition Act, and allow trans* people to self-define their gender.
Having your gender recognised by the Gender Recognition Panel requires trans* people to go to pointless expense - whether requiring them to pay administration fees (and having to go through the lengthy and underfunded NHS gender transition system) or paying to attend a private clinic to receive the required evidence as well as paying to be seen by the panel.
Furthermore: no provisions are made for non-binary gender identities.