Pinterest reportedly banned pro-life advocacy group Live Action after listing it as a pornographic site and then claiming the group spreads misinformation.
What are the details?
On Tuesday, Alison Centofante, who is the group's director of external affairs, announced that Pinterest banned the group from operating on the platform.
Centofante tweeted, "@Pinterest appears to have intentionally added 'LiveAction.org' to a list of blocked pornography sites."
BREAKING NEWS: @Pinterest appears to have intentionally added "https://t.co/WLqSFeV3cL" to a list of blocked pornog… https://t.co/poA2HZwdoN— Alison H.Centofante (@Alison H.Centofante) 1560256685.0
She later added, "Pinterest received an appeal and doubled down, keeping 'LiveAction.org' on their pornography blocked list. It appears Live Action is the only pro-life group on this list, at this time."
Pinterest received an appeal and doubled down, keeping "https://t.co/WLqSFeV3cL" on their pornography blocked list.… https://t.co/l4srrURV7q— Alison H.Centofante (@Alison H.Centofante) 1560257511.0
Pinterest later sent a statement to the pro-life group that did not address pornography charges. Instead, the social media platform stated that Live Action had violated policies on misinformation. The statement said: "Your account was permanently suspended because its contents went against our policies on misinformation. We don't allow harmful misinformation on Pinterest. That includes medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment or violence."
Lila Rose, who is president of Live Action, said, "Pinterest has targeted Live Action, I believe because our message is so effective at educating millions about the humanity of the pre-born child and the injustice of abortion. Pinterest trying to secretly and dishonestly censor free expression is every Pinterester's worst nightmare. We urge them to allow free expression on their platform and stop censoring Live Action's pro-life message."
She added, "UPDATE: @Pinterest has now permanently suspended @LiveAction's account (my account remains suspended), claiming our pro-life content is 'medically inaccurate information' & 'conspiracies' that lead to 'violence.' #LifeCensored."
UPDATE: @Pinterest has now permanently suspended @LiveAction’s account (my account remains suspended), claiming our… https://t.co/PTLodubPWq— Lila Rose (@Lila Rose) 1560260357.0