It’s quite possible that you’ve never heard of Pinterest.
The social network is often used to share recipes, dress designs and table setting ideas. It’s also displaying some of the most brazen censorship of conservatives and, seemingly, anyone the leadership doesn’t like. It’s not just the overt censorship, but its clumsiness that is on display in this Project Veritas scoop.
The abuses include banning conservative sites by listing them as pornography sites.
“I was pretty surprised,” said the Pinterest insider in an interview, when s/he discovered that pro-life group LiveAction.org was added to a “porn domain block list.” The insider explained that the “block list” was intended to be a collection of pornographic websites that Pinterest uses in order ensure that pornography cannot be posted. LiveAction.org is not a pornographic website, instead it is the web domain of a prominent pro-life advocacy group.
The insider explained that websites on a “domain block list” cannot be linked in posts made by users. While investigating, Project Veritas tried to post the LiveAction.org link on Pinterest and failed to do so, receiving an error message that read, “Sorry! Your request could not be completed.”
PV mentions that a number of other conservative websites have been blocked.
Based on my test, Front Page Magazine has been blocked with Pinterest responding with, “Sorry! We blocked this link because it may lead to inappropriate content.”
It predictably gets worse from there.
Another document Project Veritas received was a screenshot from an internal Slack channel at Pinterest, where Public Policy and Social Impact Manager Ifeoma Ozoma instructed others to monitor the platform for “white supremacist” content from individuals like conservative commentators Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens. Three days after Ozoma’s message, the terms “ben shapiro muslim” and “ben shapiro islam” were added to the “Sensitive Terms List.”
Since then Live Action, a pro-life group, appears to have been openly banned for “disinformation” that poses a health risk. The same argument used for banning vaccine skeptics. This shows how bans that there is seeming support for can be used to wipe out the views of half the population.
Pinterest has a much narrower range than the big boys, Facebook and Google, but its viewpoint censorship is not unique. Only its overtness is.