Oh my! Tumblr bug has a thing for porn

The blogging platform says an infrastructure fail is to blame for bizarre content showing up where it shouldn't.

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Some Tumblr users awoke to an unwelcome surprise Wednesday morning when they discovered porn and other unsanctioned content on their blogs.

Members, some suspecting a hack, reported that images, quotes, and other content they did not post or share are appearing on their Tumblr blogs. The content in question, which apparently cannot be deleted at this time, ranges from the innocuous to the inappropriate, with several people using the Tumblr support tag to complain of pornographic or vulgar images and apologize to their followers for the offending material.

"Earlier this morning, an infrastructure failure lasting roughly 15 minutes led posts created in this window to become corrupt," a Tumblr spokesperson told CNET. "No data was lost, but this has been causing inconsistent behavior for these affected blogs. Our engineering team is working quickly to correct the situation."

The Yahoo-owned company posted a statement on Twitter early Wednesday saying that the issue affected a small number of blogs. The nature of the bug, however, means that followers of the affected blogs are also subject to seeing the uninvited posts and graphic images in their dashboards.

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Jennifer Van Grove covers the social beat for CNET. She loves Boo the dog, CrossFit, and eating vegan. Her jokes are often in poor taste, but her articles are not.

 

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