Erotic artist Jas Purrlock has used Tumblr to share her sexy artwork for five years. But though the social platform allows erotic art and nude adult content, Tumblr recently deleted her account for “inappropriate content involving or depicting minors.”
She and many other Tumblr artists have found their accounts deleted as the site cracks down on sexual content involving children.
The only problem: Purrlock’s artwork doesn’t depict kids.
Sometimes her creations involve underage characters from Voltron: Legendary Defender and other popular series, but Purrlock “ages up” these characters so they look like adults, different from in their shows.
Purrlock recently told The Daily Dot, “[Tumblr] never made a warning for content such as mine, never said anything was wrong with posting it.”
Tumblr deleted Purrlock’s accounts which had a combined 74,000 followers. As a result, Purrlock lost hundreds of drawings as well as the ability to connect with and solicit commissions from an audience she spent half a decade cultivating.
Tumblr told her if she tried to open another account, it would also be deleted.
An untold number of other erotic queer artists have been affected by similar recent deletions, according to The Daily Dot. And the reason might have to do with kiddie smut.
Earlier this month, Apple removed Tumblr from its online app store over reports of “child sexual abuse material.”
In a public statement, Tumblr wrote, “Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database. We immediately removed this content.”
While Tumblr reassured users that it’s “continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve” the situation, adding, “there is no higher priority for our team,” their attempt to remove all sexual content involving minors has inadvertently included some queer artists who don’t make anything of the sort.