During December 2018 adult content was kicked off the blogging platform known as Tumblr, which launched in 2007—the year I first started posting my 3D digital art online. This overt and deliberate censorship of adult content was set in motion by the American corporate entity known as Verizon Communications. This corporation today owns Tumblr, AOL, and Yahoo.
In a previous incarnation they threw their weight around these United States and earned the reputation of being feared as the dreaded Bell System nicknamed Mother Bell and Ma Bell. They did business under the legal name of American Telephone & Telegraph Company founded in the 19th century by Alexander Graham Bell. Even under a made-up name (Verizon), this corporation’s outmoded 19th century attitudes are clearly apparent today.
I urge all of us gay men to stop using Tumblr forever because we are not at all welcome on that blogging platform. I stopped using Tumblr even though Tumblr served me well in promoting my creative works for so many years. Now I don’t care if Tumblr chooses to delete all my content. Verizon is not worthy of any respect from gay men whatsoever. I do not trust large corporations because this kind of censorship is predictable and to be expected. They are not our friends. As gay men, we should not give them our money at all.
In response to the Tumblr censorship of adult content, I set up an alternative website, Machozone to be a fresh antidote to censorship and being marginalized.