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The Here And Now
Tumblr reportedly blocked archivists from saving blogs before the NSFW purge
In the end, it wasn't enough time to save every Tumblr blog.

Archivist Jason Scott works for the Internet Archive and runs a separate unaffiliated project, Archive Team, which is dedicated to preserving dying or endangered websites. So when Tumblr announced that it was banning all NSFW content from the site on Dec. 3, the team had a mere two weeks to save as much content as they could before the Dec. 17 ban began.

But apparently, Tumblr wasn’t happy with the Archive Team’s plans. According to a tweet from Scott, Tumblr “mass IP-banned entire swarths of @archiveteam volunteers and warrior instances” on Dec. 15, mere days before the ban.


As Scott told Fast Company, archivists are usually given “30 or 60 days or 90 days warning,” and with an estimated 400 to 800 terabytes worth of data affected by the ban, there’s only so much content that can be saved. It’s as if Verizon snapped a finger and wiped out porn from Tumblr and can pretend it never existed in the first place.

It’s a sobering reminder that when a major company quickly pulls the plug on a huge chunk of data, it also removes huge portions of the internet with it, damaging archivists’ ability to preserve our modern times for future generations.

“I expect screaming about all aspects of how this goes on,” Scott tweeted, addressing critics who wanted more privacy control over archived blogs. “I wish a tiny bit of that ire could be aimed towards the fact that this entire crisis is completely made up and the result of a truly random decision. I wouldn’t trust those organizations with any personal data.”

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