NewTumbl takes things seriously

I have to say I’m impressed with NewTumbl as they responded to my Tweets about potential censorship and post moderation.
   I think they will allow me to share a few points.
   First, they took me seriously. The fact they even bothered to look into it is well beyond what Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook and Google would normally do, and I’m talking about Yahoo in 1999. They also answered every point I made, rather than gloss over or ignore some. Out of their thousands or myriads of users, they were actually good enough to deal with me one on one.
   Secondly, they assure me there’s no censorship of the kind I suspected but think a temporary bug could have been behind Mbii’s inability to see my posts. They will delete illegal content, and that is the extent of it.
   Thirdly, if I may be so bold as to say this one, my understanding of the posts’ levels is correct and those moderators who objected to my content are incorrect.
   I won’t reveal more than that as some of the content refers to future actions.
   I’ve said I could put a toe in the water again over at NewTumbl, and, ‘I really appreciate you taking this seriously and certainly it all helps encourage me to return.’
   Being honest and up front really helps.
   The one thing preventing me from heading back in a flash is I’ve become rather used to adding to the gallery here. We’ll see: I felt it was ‘No way, José’ a month ago (although I always maintained a “never say never” position—I mean, it’s not Google Plus) and now it’s more ‘The jury is out.’ At the least I might pop by more regularly to see what’s in my feed.

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9 thoughts on “NewTumbl takes things seriously

  1. Happy anniversary, Jack.

    Back on topic: I am rather limiting my use of social media to YouTube, for now. I know that’s not an ideal choice, but it’s where the narcissistic abuse recovery community I can trust resides. My wife and I are moderators for two content creators, in that vein.

    I will see if I can persuade my 18-year-old to look at NewTumbl. They still use Tumblr as it stands, which I still find disappointing, but we’ve talked about my reasons why as such.

  2. Thank you, J. I totally understand those limits. It’s only sensible. I don’t allow YouTube cookies and I don’t do Google, so I’m afraid it’s one place where we won’t connect, but the blog (and email) are always good.
       I’ll have a NewTumbl follow-up post. While I applaud the people behind it, the user base (specifically its post moderating) still leaves something to be desired, I’m afraid.

  3. Perhaps it’s time to revisit this topic, as my conclusions does not match yours. Blogs are disappearing with some frequency, and mostly conservative ones. The feed only loads half the time, and the other half it times-out…if one wants to make a blog vanish, this is very convenient to sweep them under the rug. I have circumvented the feed by bookmarking those I follow, which is how I became aware that many are disappearing, as the bookmarks either lead to a blank page with just the name of the blog, or to nowhere at all. Many blogs (not yet deleted) have lots of photos that have been deleted. Many bloggers now complain of having their blogs nuked, or been banned themselves, with zero explanation to justify either. The promise made on Twatter was:

    “newTumbl was created specifically for refugees of other social media sites. We offer asylum to all those who feel persecuted simply for wanting to exercise your freedom of speech. NSFW welcome! If you are losing your blog, please come check us out. We’d welcome refugee bloggers with open arms!”

    This promise seems to be fast receding into the horizon. What I am seeing is the slow drift to the same leftist dominion that turned Reddit into a libtard echo-chamber, and torpedoed Ruqqus.

  4. Thank you for popping by, Kristof. I never went back to NewTumbl as it was just more painless to host my own posts, even the casual ones I used to throw up there, which were mostly images.

    I can’t therefore comment on what gets removed more in 2023. I don’t know if you saw my earlier posts on the topic (I assume you did, as I make no reference in this post about political bias), but back in 2020 posts that were critical of the UK conservative government were definitely censored. The place was some Handmaid’s Tail nightmare where even the cartoon Samantha from Bewitched was classed as M (which was the case on one blog I followed, plus plenty of other innocent stuff). Basically if you posted as though you lived in an ultra-religious régime, you were safe from the overzealous moderators.

    I can only speak to my own experience, but having friends on both ends of the political spectrum (and a lot in between), everyone appears to say that their side is being targeted more. I suspect that if you followed blogs of all persuasions and you say that conservative voices are being targeted more, then that must be where things are now.

    I do remember one pretty comical, innocent post I had there on NewTumbl where the comments descended into a shouting match between Americans, each accusing the other side of being stupid—which was another great reason not to return to such a politicized, polarized website. Looking in to the US from outside, it always seemed to me that everyone has a common enemy in the oligarch class that fuels the differences there. But the more folks argue between themselves, the more the oligarchs get away scot free.

    I use Reddit but almost never come across political posts (we must, therefore, move in different circles or follow different sub-Reddits; or perhaps your country posts more about politics) and I’ve never heard of Ruqqus.

  5. I have read various reasons for the accounts disappearing such as being a trafficking blog portal, pro war and monitors out of control.
    The bottom-line is accounts are being deleted.

    nT newTumbl has been on a jihad of Gay NSFW Blogs the last several months now. Hundreds of accounts have been deleted without prior notification or giving a reason other then “violation of terms”. There is no opportunity or means to address the situation. many of the blogs have significant followers. It appears to be only Gay(Men) blogs NSFW.

  6. Thank you for the update, Piett. I left the site because of its desire to protect the corrupt UK Tory government. But out of fairness, when NewTumbl responded, I wrote the above; but ultimately I never returned because I didn’t trust that management would do anything about overly zealous moderators.

    It sounds like the moderators are still out of control there and I imagine that if they were upset about a simple word like w*nk (complete with asterisk) then the Republic of Gilead there will also be homophobic.

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