Gadget Lab Podcast: What the Tumblr Porn Ban Means for Users

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The internet is for porn. Lately, though, platforms have become squeamish about hosting it. Facebook doesn’t allow nudity. Neither does Instagram. Patreon put the kibosh on creators adult content. Now, microblogging site Tumblr—previously one of the most porn-friendly platforms, especially for niche interests—announced a ban on pornographic content and nudity earlier this week.

So, where’s all the porn now? We pose the question to WIRED senior writer Emily Dreyfuss, who shines the spotlight on two websites that could fill the void—and, in a strange way, return us to the promises of the early internet.

Podcast

Show notes: Read on Tumblr’s porn ban, and on where Tumblr’s porn exiles are headed next.

Recommendations this week: Emily recommends My Brilliant Friend on HBO. Arielle recommends downloading Tik Tok, where all the cool teens hang out. Mike made you a playlist of the best songs of 2018.

Send the Gadget Lab hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes can be found at @pardesoteric. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. Michael Calore can be found at @snackfight.

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