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Pro-life group kicked off Pinterest for ‘misinformation’ after flagged as porn site

Pro-life outfit Live Action has had quite the week on social media. After appealing Pinterest’s decision to flag the group’s website as porn, the platform hit back and banned the group altogether, citing “medical misinformation.” Live Action’s director of external affairs, Alison Centofante, took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce the suspension. “Your account was permanently suspended because its contents went against our policies on misinformation,” Pinterest informed the organization. “We don’t allow harmful misinformation on Pinterest,” including “medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals … into targets for harassment or violence.” Just hours before the ban, conservative media activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas published an exposé revealing that Pinterest had taken steps to censor the pro-life group. In February, the platform deliberately added Live Action’s website to a pornography ban list, restricting users’ ability to share the site in their posts (or ‘pins’), according to an employee at Pinterest who requested not to be named. “LiveAction.org was added to a porn block list,” the employee said. “That means that if you try to make a pin that links to Liveaction.org, you won’t be allowed to – it won’t be created.” While the website had options to flag Live Action’s content as “sensitive” or as “hate speech,” the employee said he believes Pinterest sought to hide the restrictions on the group. “I find it very concerning that it was added to a porn list, which seems like an effort to hide the fact that LiveAction is being blocked,” he said. “Why not just add it to the sensitive terms list ... if you really think it’s hate speech? But instead you’re adding it to a porn list to hide what it is.” Also on rt.com Facebook on trial for 'censorship' after ...Read more

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