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This article was published on March 5, 2014

Tumblr is in talks with the UK government over online safety

Tumblr is in talks with the UK government over online safety
Kaylene Hong
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

TumblrTumblr has confirmed that it’s in talks with the UK government over issues to do with online safety, the BBC reports, following criticism that stemmed from a 15-year-old girl taking her own life after posting self-harm photos on the blogging site.

The Yahoo-owned company tells the BBC in a statement that despite being “deeply committed” to protecting its users’ freedom of expression, it draws lines around a few categories of content that it considers damaging to the community, which include blogs that encourage self-harm.

Tumblr users are urged to report such blogs to [email protected], where its team can respond accordingly to content that violates its policies, the company says.

Tumblr holds meeting with government over suicide blogs [BBC]

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