Pins that Encourage Self-Harm Now Explicitly Banned
Pinterest has updated its Acceptable Use Policy effective immediately, a couple days after ABCnews.com broke a story detailing how pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia movements were using Pinterest to promote unhealthy lifestyles. Pictures of jutting bones, concave stomachs and toothpick thighs were pinned on a handful of boards, captioned with slogans meant to encourage people in the grips of an eating disorder, such as “Whatever you eat in private, you wear in public” and “Make them regret the day they dare called you fat.” The new Pinterest Acceptable Use Policy bans pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.
Reporting Copyright or Trademark Infringement Simplified
Initially, one had to report intellectual property theft or other infringement on Pinterest via email. Now, a “report pin” button leads to a new copyright complaint form and a trademark complaint form which have been added to the site, making it much simpler to allege violations. Upon submitting a form, you are given a request code which serves as a tracking number for your complaint.