Tumblr Takes Aim at Reblogs to Quell Hate Speech

Nearly 1,000 blogs have been removed, most of them Nazi-related

Tumblr accelerated its efforts to remove hate speech from its platform by taking aim at reblogs.

The blogging platform said in a blog post that many users have been seeking a further re-evaluation of how it deals with hate speech and, particularly, content from Nazis or other white supremacist groups.

Using its own research and reports from users, Tumblr found that much of the existing hate speech on its platform was in the form of reblogs from blogs that had already been removed, adding that those reblogs often lack the type of counter-speech that helps keep rhetoric of this type in check.

Tumblr identified nearly 1,000 blogs that were removed for violating its policies on hate speech, with most of them Nazi-related, and it began the process this week of scrubbing reblogs of posts from the suspended blogs, saying that some 4.47



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