Flickr to Welcome NSFW Content on Its Platform

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In a major policy move for Flickr, the media platform is going to welcome content that might otherwise be deemed NSFW in what they are calling a move towards inclusivity.

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Noting the difficulties such content can face on rival platforms, Flickr promises to change that going forward.

The announcement reads in part:

“Photographers have long faced bans and deletion from nearly every online photography community for creating or sharing the “wrong” type of art. We’re rolling out changes to Flickr that welcome all photographers to discover, share, and interact with photography, period. Photographers who craft and create work that might be considered risqué by some will have a safe place online to interact with one another, share mutual interests, and put their art into the world without the fear of it being removed or them being banned entirely from the communities they love.”

There is a catch, however, and that comes in the form of keeping this content restricted to Flickr Pro members. Still, for creators of content that might not pass muster on other services, this is probably a pretty big deal and a welcome move on Flickr’s part.

Along with these changes comes a non-public photo limit of 50 photos per free account. That means that a user with a free account can upload 50 photos that won’t be visible to the public. Photos over that limit could be deleted according to the company’s blog post. These limitations are anticipated to encourage sharing among the users on the platform, or, as Flickr writes, “This decision to place a limit on non-public, moderate, and restricted photos allows us to preserve and encourage the inspiring public photos free members contribute to Flickr, while also freeing up resources to focus on making our Pro communities stronger than ever.”

Do you think Flickr’s move to welcome “NSFW” content is a smart one? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.

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