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Watch: Whistleblower: Pinterest Censors Conservative, Pro-Life Content; Pinterest Reacts

A new report by Project Veritas presents a series of accusations of political and ideological bias against conservatives, Christians, and pro-lifers behind the scenes at Pinterest, a social media platform with some 300 million active monthly users. Since the report was first released, Pinterest reportedly has taken action concerning one of the allegations.

In a video that includes testimony from a whistleblower who works for Pinterest, and whose identity is concealed in the video, Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe’s presents internal documents provided by the whistleblower showing what appear to be various means of censoring content, including a “porn site block list” that includes pro-life site LiveAction.org. Among the conservatives whose content has been censored by the site is Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro and some content produced by conservative outlets, including PJ Media.

“Project Veritas has received and published documents from an insider at Pinterest,” Project Veritas reported Monday. “The documents, which include product code, Slack messages, and internal policies, reveal terms and websites that Pinterest apparently censors.”

Among the claims presented by the whistleblower is that Shapiro was censored in a “zero tolerance moment,” terms related to Christianity are blocked from auto-complete, a video series exposing Planned Parenthood was included in a censor list as a “harmful” “conspiracy,” and LiveAction.org was included on a list of porn sites blocked by the platform, meaning no links to its content could be produced by users.

The video shows a screenshot from one of Pinterest’s internal Slack channels on which the Public Policy and Social Impact Manager instructs employees “to monitor the platform for ‘white supremacist’ content from individuals like conservative commentators Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens,” Project Veritas reports. Three days after that message, “ben shapiro muslim” and “ben shapiro islam” were added to a “Sensitive Terms List,” a list shown in the video.

The whistleblower also discusses ways in which Pinterest allegedly quietly censors or “hides” content, including by “silent removing,” which is the removal of content without notifying the user. The intent of this practice is to hide problematic or “harmful” material, including pornographic content, but the report suggests that the function can be used to censor content for political or ideological reasons. Among the content deemed “harmful” and conspiratorial are reports by David Daleiden on Planned Parenthood’s disturbing practices.

Since the report was initially published, O’Keefe says, Pinterest appears to have taken LiveAction.org off its porn list but has “permanently suspended” its account.

Asked why he’s come forward, the whistleblower told O’Keefe, “I think when public policies don’t match with how social media companies are actually implementing them, people have a right to know, people have a right to that transparency.”

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8 Comments
  • Stephen Russell says:

    Now can we Regulate Big Tech OK Dems, heres your chance to foul up the Internet some OK
    Regulate & tax Big Tech OK Dems, Im good 2 go are U

  • Alice says:

    DemonRATS have never seen a tax they didn’t like. Exception: They do everything they can to complain about President Trump instituting tariffs for better trade deals. DemonRATS have no sense of logic.

  • Disgusted says:

    I never knew that Pinterest had that kind of power nor did I know I could post political stuff on Pinterest.

  • Evangeline says:

    The CEO and founder’s wife is Muslim. Divya Bhaskaran.

  • SusanP says:

    I have never liked the format of Pinterest. It is not intuitive and it is very difficult to get back to the same page on a different occasion. So, I don’t use it much. After reading this, I will likely not use it at all.

    Note to websites: If you censor conservatives, you lose money because conservatives will find other outlets.

  • Brianna D Penny says:

    Don’t use it

  • Veda Crowder says:

    This article is very true…try any article about prolife ..you will get a meesage oops something went wrong

  • Veda says:

    This is very true …when you try to post anything about abortion..pop up message says oops something went wrong

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