Pinterest Bans Pro-Bulimia Images
The mega popular new image sharing platform Pinterest is making a few changes that may shuffle the boards of certain users.
The concept of Pinterest is to create pin boards that are categorized by the users which are then filled with images from all over the web. These images can be re-pinned, liked, or shared via Facebook or Twitter and as of yet the only type of moderation was for images that were sexually explicit. Like all social media websites that grow in size, so to do the intricacies of their day to day issues including the type of images that are posted. The images that have been of concern depict thin models and women who are pinned on thinspiration type boards and pro-anorexia type boards. These images are said to increase and aid women who are battling with bulimia and anorexia.
Pinterest is currently revamping the way they moderate content and have a disclaimer on their site focusing attention on their new Terms of Service and the changes that will take effect April 6, 2012. The main difference is the added statement to the Acceptable Use Policy: “creates a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or physical or mental illness to yourself, to any other person, or to any animal.” This will make posting certain thin inspirational photos against the terms of service and could result in the ban of the offending profile.
The disturbing photos of painfully thin women are being challenged by many Pinterest users but are still showing up and are even commonly shared between seekers of these images. A common protest to the images is various images of skeletons in model-like poses with the hashtag #thinspo. These equally disturbing images are to make the point that it is not okay to desire to be too thin.