I was going to write a big rant here about how I and my friends are dealing with stalking issues, and Tumblr’s solution to that is basically just ‘teehee ignore them’, but you know what, my current personal situation doesn’t matter.
Here’s the thing. If I don’t want someone following me, I SHOULD be able to block them and have them forcibly unfollowed and blocked from seeing my blog. They should not be able to access my blog by navigating to my username, and they should certainly not be allowed to keep following me and therefore be able to see any username changes I make.
The ignore feature is useful for filtering through tags and dealing with spammers. But it is not a block function. Tumblr seems to have finally acknowledged this and just called it ignore at some point over the New Year. (When did they make this change? I certainly wasn’t informed, and I was unable to locate any news or updates on the matter.)
The simple matter is that I cannot trust Tumblr with even the smallest of personal updates, because short of locking away everything behind a password, anyone who wants to snoop on me can get a hold of it with a few simple clicks. One of my friends, who deals with bullies IRL for her trans identity, is unable to be confident that her posts will be safe from being discovered and used to ridicule her. My best friend, who is the sweetest person imaginable and therefore hounded by creeps, is never going to be completely certain she can make a post without someone hunting it down.
I doubt this post will change anything. I’m not expecting anything. I just want everyone to be aware of these three things:
- If you ‘ignore’ someone, they can still follow you, and they can still easily access your blog.
- If someone you ‘ignored’ is following you and you change your username, they can see the change and they can still easily access your blog.
- There is no block feature on Tumblr. There is NO way to forcibly stop someone from following you, sending you messages (they can send messages, and they are held until a time when you unignore them), and viewing your blog.
With that in mind, please be careful and aware of the personal information you put out on your blog AND of Tumblr policies. This seems like obvious advice, but I and my friends were not aware of the exact functionality of the ‘ignore’ feature until today, and I’d like to think we’re all pretty internet savvy.
Thanks for reading.