Pinterest Cracks Down on Pro-Anorexia Boards

Pinterest board

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A Pinterest board.


After coming under fire last week for enabling users to post and circulate pro-anorexia “thinspo” (or “thinspiration”) boards, Pinterest has cracked down—and banned pro-anorexia content.

Styleite reports that the website sent out an email on Friday alerting users to a change in its Acceptable Use Policy. A new guideline?

“You agree not to post User Content that 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.”

The rule may be hard to enforce (a quick search shows that there are still hundreds of images on the site tagged "thinspo"), but one hopes that the policy change will mean a decrease in images of protruding hip and collarbones, concave midsections, and graphics with sayings like “Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels.”

Tumblr and Facebook have enforced similar policies on their sites, even working in collaboration with the National Eating Disorder Association. In related news, Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani has spoken out against pro-anorexia sites.

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