Pinterest has reportedly banned pro-life organization Live Action for allowing “harmful misinformation” on the popular social media platform.
Live Action’s director of external affairs, Alison Centofante announced this morning that Pinterest banned the group after they appealed the accusation that their site is pornographic.
“BREAKING NEWS: @Pinterest appears to have intentionally added ‘http://LiveAction.org‘ to a list of blocked pornography sites.” Centofante tweeted. “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.”
According to the director, Live Action has the ‘largest and most active online following in the pro-life movement,’ with their fan base exceeding 3.3 million followers.
Just minutes after Centofante’s initial announcement, she reported that the organization had been banned from Pinterest entirely.
“Your account was permanently suspended because its contents went against our policies on misinformation,” cited Pinterest Support as justification for the ban. “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.”
“Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly,” wrote an outraged Centofante. “If Planned Parenthood can promote their message on Pinterest, then Live Action should be able to as well. #LifeCensored“
According to Live Action President Lila Rose, Pinterest’s attempt to block their content distribution is a deceitful means of censoring free speech.
Rose believes the social media giant has taken these desperate measures because the life advocacy group is such an instrumental educating tool in the pro-life community.
“Pinterest has targeted Live Action, I believe because our message is so effective at educating millions about the humanity of the preborn child and the injustice of abortion,” said Rose in a statement. “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 to stop censoring Live Action’s pro-life message.”