Anonymous said: can u please explain what is happening and what 4chan is and stuff I'm confused
Hello! Okay, so 4chan is an online forum and the tumblr community has a beef with a specific forum called /b/. The b is in slashes because it’s the end of the url. Apparently a few members of the tumblr community upset some members of /b/, and they decided that the best way to respond was by posting ‘shock’ images - pictures of extreme gore, animal abuse, rape, etc - in frequently-visited tags. Most of these images are incredibly triggering and are untagged for that purpose. Awful, right?
Some people are posting various images in these tags to try to ‘combat’ or ‘clean up’ the affected tags - pictures of cute animals, actual content that should be in the tags - but others are posting selfies to try to clean it up. /b/ has stated that they will take any selfies in these and photoshop them onto nsfw images (porn, etc) and send them back to the uploader as a ‘scare tactic.’
Overall, the best thing to do would be to stay out of any and all tags right now, and definitely refrain from posting selfies in any of those tags - even under #selfie. Anyone with any concerns should close their submission box for the time being. This will eventually blow over. The damage isn’t that severe right now because most offenders have been reported and/or blocked. If you are someone with triggers of any kind (but especially rape, blood, gore, etc) it might be wise to stay off of tumblr for a few days. Don’t be nervous or worried; ultimately it’s just a really immature group of people acting in a really immature and harmful way. This will be over soon. The best way to fight it is not to let it get to us.
If anyone needs to talk about something upsetting they saw, my ask box is always open. If anyone finds an offender but feels uncomfortable reporting them, feel free to send me the url and I will happily report them.
Stay safe, guys.