Project Veritas has obtained internal documents from a whistleblower at Pinterest confirming the social media platform censors pro-life and Christian content.
Pinterest, according to the documents, has even blacklisted a leading pro-life organization by categorizing it as “pornography.” The platform has also created a “sensitive terms” list in which the term “Bible verses” is considered “brand unsafe.”
“Somebody happened to notice that LiveAction.org was blocked,” the Pinterest insider revealed in an interview with Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe. “I was pretty surprised.”
LiveAction.org is on Pinterest’s “porn domain block list,” a category of pornographic websites that Pinterest has compiled to prevent porn from being disseminated on the platform.
Project Veritas confirmed during its examination of Pinterest that LiveAction.org is censored and included on a “porn site block list on the platform.
“While investigating, Project Veritas tried to post the LiveAction.org link on Pinterest and failed to do so, receiving an error message that read, “Sorry! Your request could not be completed.”
Pinterest employee Megan McCellan, who works with the social media platform’s Trust and Safety team programmed the code to categorize LiveAction to the “porn domain block list” in February, according to the documents disclosed by the insider.
The documents also show Ginet Girmay, another Pinterest employee who works on the Trust and Safety team, “[discussed] LiveAction.org’s inclusion on the ‘porn domain block list’” on May 29.
“Girmay says ‘I do think [LiveAction.org] should be removed…’ even though Pinterest “is not currently removing pro-life/pro-choice content,” Project Vertias reports.
“We have more questions than answers about Pinterest’s censorship of Live Action and the pro-life message,” Live Action founder Lila Rose said in a statement. “Based on the evidence provided, it appears that Pinterest intentionally added ‘LiveAction.org’ to a ‘pornography’ blocklist in an effort to suppress our pro-life content from being shared on the platform.”
She added, “By secretly applying the label of pornography to LiveAction’s pro-life content, Pinterest demonstrates a concentrated effort to sideline a leading pro-life organization the only way they knew how.”
The whistleblower told O’Keefe he decided to come forward because he thinks “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.”
Pinterest has taken LiveAction.org off its porn list after Project Veritas published its report, but has “permanently suspended” its account. Pinterest contends its labeling of Live Action content as porn was an accident Pinerest told Daily Caller, justified banning the pro-life group for misinformation related to anti-vaccination advice.
“LiveAction.org was actioned for misinformation related to conspiracies and anti-vaccination advice, and not porn,” Pinterest told Daily Caller. “Sometimes our internal tools have legacy names for the technology that enforces some of our policies. This technology was named years ago to combat porn, and has since expanded to a variety of content despite retaining its original internal name. We are updating our internal labeling to make this clear.”
A number of conservative news media sites are also blacklisted on Pinterest, Project Veritas confirmed.
“Project Veritas reviewed the list of websites from the “porn domain block list” and was able to confirm that along with LiveAction.org, websites like zerohedge.com, pjmedia.com, teaparty.org and other various conservative websites were also listed. The majority of the document lists pornographic websites.”
Pinterest also includes the terms such as “Christian Easter” and “Bible verses” on “Sensitive Terms List,” labeled as “brand unsafe,” and the terms are “removed from auto-complete search results,” the watchdog reports.
Exemplifying big tech’s protection of the abortion industry, Pinterest also instructs its employees to remove “conspiratorial content” that it deems “harmful,” including posts that reference investigative reporter David Deleiden’s expose of Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted fetus’ organs and body parts.
“Project Veritas noticed the listing of ‘David Daleiden/Planned Parenthood.’ The description of the item reads, ‘Undercover at Planned Parenthood to ‘expose’ their sale of fetal remains.’ The insider believes the record refers to the undercover video investigation conducted by David Daleiden which shows Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal tissue for profit,” the watchdog notes. “Those undercover videos prompted various investigations and legal actions across the country. The Pinterest insider explained that the company removes conspiratorial content that they deem to be ‘harmful’ from the platform.”
It is unclear how anti-abortion content is “conspiratorial” and how pictures of ultrasounds are “pornographic”, but it’s more clear than ever that Left-wing social media companies are ramping up their assault on Conservatives as the 2020 Presidential election gets closer.
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