Update on the Banned Tags Situation
According to the official tumblr @changes blog:
Staff is currently reviewing the list of banned tags (which of course should have been done BEFORE releasing the update) thanks to everyone who contacted support and made posts about it. However, they also say “we expect the review process to really pick up in January,” aka don’t expect any changes overnight.
More importantly though, the longterm solution to the Apple Censorship Issue has finally been confirmed: “a web-based toggle that would allow folks to opt into allowing sensitive content in the iOS app.” This seems to be the same solution that Discord recently employed to allow access to NSFW servers that Apple originally banned on their app entirely earlier this year. This means that, to view posts with banned tags or blogs that have been flagged as explicit on the iOS app, you will have to access tumblr through a browser first and opt-in. This should be something you only have to do once though.
While not ideal – since people using the app will have to be made aware that this option even exists somehow – this is probably the best outcome if tumblr wants to keep functioning as it has been in the past and still provide an app for iOS users. And look, I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, but with this solution in place they might even be able to (at least partially) walk back the Original Purge and allow us to see... [gasp] female-presenting nipples again.