According to Forbes , 10 percent of Tumblr's blogs post adult content. Plus, Tumblr bloggers can still find porn through searching "bi," as one Jezebel reader notes. Karp is quick to add that Tumblr doesn't have an issue with content that is too steamy for the workplace, stating that "empowering your creative expression is the most important thing in the world to us. So clearly loopholes abound, and it's not unfeasible for new porn-heavy tags to spring up soon. But instead of making that filtering a priority, Tumblr opted to block searches based on three buzzwords that encompass far more than sex and porn. And what are those strings on my honeysuckle?
Tumblr bans in-app searches of 'gay' and 'lesbian,' but not gay slurs
Karp even points out that Tumblr-based porn is just one app away, since unfiltered search results are available through mobile browsers like Safari and Chrome.
The reason the company gives, according to a post written by CEO David Karp on the site's staff blog, is that those tags "are still frequently returning adult content which our entire app was close to being banned for. Still, passing the buck to Apple doesn't adequately explain why Tumblr chose to simply ban searches of gay, lesbian and bisexual rather than improve its filtering on mobile platforms. So clearly loopholes abound, and it's not unfeasible for new porn-heavy tags to spring up soon.