Pinterest bans anti-abortion group Live Action

Pinterest has kicked anti-abortion group Live Action off the social community for spreading misinformation.


Rich Polk

Pinterest has reportedly banned anti-abortion group Live Action for spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories. The influential group had printed movies linking Planned Parenthood to the harvesting and sale of fetal physique components.

Live Action, which has three.three million followers on social media, tweeted a letter it stated was despatched to it by Pinterest informing the group it had been “permanently suspended” from the platform for spreading “harmful misinformation.”

“We don’t allow harmful misinformation on Pinterest,” a screenshot of the letter from Pinterest reads. “That includes medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment or violence.”

Pinterest customers should know the reality and our messages should be handled pretty. If Planned Parenthood can promote their message on Pinterest, then Live Action ought to have the ability to as effectively. #LifeCensored

— Alison H.Centofante (@AlisonHowardC) June 11, 2019

Live Action accused the corporate of censorship and stated in an announcement that Pinterest is suppressing its content material by secretly including it to a “pornography block list.”  

It wasn’t instantly clear which posts to the social community triggered the ban. In an announcement to BuzzFeed News, which beforehand reported the ban, Pinterest stated the group was suspended for “misinformation related to conspiracies and anti-vaccination advice, and not porn.”

The ban comes as tech firms face mounting stress from lawmakers, activists and well being consultants to forestall anti-vax misinformation from going viral. The misinformation could have contributed to an outbreak of measles within the US.

In response, Live Action famous that many social media websites had blocked accounts for spreading anti-vaccination data however stated it “has been and remains neutral on the issue of vaccines.” However, it went on to say that Live Action News, a associated writer of anti-abortion tales, “reported on the controversy surrounding the use of human fetal cell lines used to grow certain vaccines.”

Pinterest did not instantly reply to a request for remark.