Pinterest Responds

I wrote about my concern over Pinterest’s Terms of Service. I wasn’t the only one! The Blog-o-sphere was buzzing with Pinterest angst for awhile there. I wondered how Pinterest would react. Sure they were proactive, responsponding to one blogger’s concerns with a phone call.

Last weekend I received an email laying out some changes they have made to their Terms of Service. These new Terms will take effect on April 6, 2012. Here’s how the email explained some of the changes:

  • Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.
  • We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.
  • We released simpler tools for anyone to report alleged copyright or trademark infringements.
  • Finally, we added language that will pave the way for new features such as a Pinterest API and Private Pinboards.

Good on Pinterest for realizing there was an issue to be addressed. Honestly, I am not an attorney so I don’t know if the altered Terms of Service are good or bad. I’d love to hear an attorney’s opinion though!

The one change that caught my eye was this one: “We updated our Acceptable Use Policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse.”

Did you know there are websites that encourage anorexia, cutting, and other image disorders? I had heard about them, especially ones that had been in heavy use on MySpace. Since I never was involved with MySpace, I didn’t think about it much.

As I began using Pinterest, I did see pins such as “nothing tastes as good as thin feels” and pictures of a normal-sized woman (not model-thin with skin-covered bones) with comments about her being “fat.” These disturbed me, but I skimmed right over them. I thought they were out of place because for me Pinterest is a place of beauty and happiness. Why would anyone pin something that is ugly and demeaning?

Apparently, it really is an issue because Pinterest has to specifically address these types of pins. There were several articles written about the subject: here, here, and here are just a few.

It makes me sad. But I’m glad Pinterest is being proactive about it. Life is hard enough without pinning ugly things.

2 thoughts on “Pinterest Responds

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