How Pinterest Prevents Porn Photos From Sneaking On Your Network

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The object of Pinterest is that users can  create, view and follow virtual boards , which are a kind of highly visual collections . The boards can be created in three ways: Uploading files from your computer using the Add a pin function; using the Pinterest app to grab and upload images; or by installing a navigation bar (Pin It) in the browser that allows you to upload images from the Internet.

The contents that these collections can include are varied: texts, graphics, photos, videos, music, software or information, among others. However, at the least for now, the photographs monopolize almost all the attention. Everything that is published on the site is public, that is, any Internet user will be able to see other people's boards and even choose to follow specific members. Ultimately, the site is designed to be easy and fun to use , which is precisely where its success lies.

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In such a network, which is growing so fast and whose monthly visits are already approaching twelve million, it is not easy to keep it clean of questionable content , especially pornographic images. The rules of etiquette Pinterest advocate respect in the comments and discussions and encouraged to report questionable content. Specifically, they establish that " we do not allow nudity or content that encourages hatred ."

In addition, the conditions of service establish a series of prohibitions , including "publishing, uploading, sending, providing access or transmitting any content that (...) is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, vulgar or offensive ." The point is that it is not always clear which nude is art and which pornography. The Community Manager Pinterest, Enid Hwang , has just explained to Mashable what criteria are still options : "photographic images of frontal nudity, exposing her breasts or back are not allowed". However, "this does not apply to sculptures, paintings or other media," Hwang added.

On Pinterest they insist that all content must be suitable for all audiences . "Taste is personal and definitions of particular art and pornography are subjective, so our policy is based exclusively on objective standards," Hwang concludes.

The system for reporting inappropriate content on Pinterest is similar to that of Facebook , with a button next to each Pin. Community administrators manually review those flagged pins to see if they violate site terms. If they decide to delete it, they not only delete the original Pin, but also all the repins; in addition, the member who made the pin is notified of the deletion.