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Poster: Alison OK Date: Dec 12, 2018 10:01am
Forum: news Subject: Fast Company: The frantic, unprecedented race to save 700,000 NSFW Tumblrs for posterity

GeoCities, Vine, Friendster–communities live, thrive, and often die on the net. But the two-week timeframe in which content will disappear from Tumblr is unprecedented, says Jason Scott. He cofounded Archive Team, a volunteer project running software that scarfs copies of endangered websites for posterity.

They are now scrambling to preserve an estimated 700,000 Tumblr blogs that are expected to partly or entirely disappear due to a new, broadly defined ban on “adult content” announced on December 3. That makes Monday the 17th D-Day, when images, GIFs, and videos flagged as verboten by Tumblr’s AI will disappear from public view–and probably from the reach of archivists.

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