Add deviantart app to watch list?

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Being involved in art or photography, some of my kids use which also has its own app. Despite its name, it is a good resource for them to view art/photos by other artists most of which is benign. However, the site does allow nudes and essentially pornographic material. (They have a nearly useless age gate on the site / app.) The website would be covered by general accountability / filtering but the app may not. Any plans to add this to the watch list? It seems to be a fairly popular one.
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Ezekiel Koontz

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Yeah I was honestly surprised that CE allowed devianart, a website that allows porographic content to be not only to exist, but to run rampant, and blocks webisites like uTorrent (a website that gives a freeware torrent client and nothing else) and NexusMods (a public, game modification website)

I wish that CE would, instead of blocking entire websites, block the ways to GET to the bad content (i.e. checking the searches, checking if the page has been set to "Only mature content" etc.)
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Hey Gentlemen,

@Kevin, I will bring up DeviantArt as an app to look into covering. How quickly we can implement monitoring on DeviantArt is dependent on availability of developers, as well as how compatible their app is with our monitoring technology. In general though, it seems like a pretty good idea to cover it (as it is a pretty huge site). Thanks for the suggestion.

@Ezekiel I hear the passion/frustration in your comment, and understand that it can be frustrating for access to things that you want to be blocked. If we take a moment to reflect though, there are REALLY good reasons to block both of the sites that you mentioned by name. Torrenting (apart from legal ramifications) is still a HUGE way of moving pornography around incognito like. Something like 35% or more of all torrents downloads are porn. Blocking access to uTorrent (the site) is a way to try and limit exposure to programs that could be helpful in circumventing the main goal of Covenant Eyes. As for NexusMods, to be quite frank, have you really looked at it? I (as a gamer) got into some Skyrim modding a while back and the amount of XXX rated content on Nexus Mods was staggering. Couple that with the (video game) ignorance of parents & partners to the availability of what amounts to interactive fantasy porn, and yeah we certainly are going to block the site.

In the longterm, our filter will continue to be improved and when that happens I would love to give better access to the "good" part of sites like Nexus Mods, but for now the potential value is drowned out by the risks we impose by not blocking it.