The pro-life organization, Live Action, has had their content blocked by the social media site Pinterest.
Project Veritas interviewed an anonymous employee of Pinterest who claimed to have insider information about a top official from the company purposefully adding Live Action to a list of blocked pornography websites. This action rendered Pinterest users unable to create pins linking to any content from LiveAction.org. Temporarily, users were able to link pins to LiveAction.org after Project Veritas brought the whisleblower’s claims to Pinterest’s attention. Soon after that, however, Pinterest permanently suspended Live Action’s account from the website.
The reason provided for the suspension was Live Action’s account “may have immediate and detrimental effects on a Pinner’s health or on public safety.”
So far, no other pro-life group is reported to have been affected, and it appears Live Action was a direct target of the social media company. There may be an explanation, as a recent report from Media Matters found “posts from Live Action and the organization’s founder, Lila Rose, together accounted for a larger share of top Facebook posts related to abortion than all left-leaning pages combined.”
It seems the suspension of Live Action from Pinterest was a deliberate attempt to censor the popular pro-life group.
Live Action president and founder Lila Rose was critical of Pinterest’s decision to add LiveAction.org to a pornography block list, stating:
“By secretly applying the label of ‘pornography’ to Live Action’s pro-life content, Pinterest demonstrates a concerted effort to sideline a leading pro-life organization the only way they knew how. This does not appear to be a simple mistake. When confronted with an appeal, their employees doubled down and kept LiveAction.org on the pornography list.”
“What exactly is Pinterest attempting to block? Inspirational messages to pregnant mothers, ultrasound images showing the science of prenatal development, medically accurate information on the abortion procedure, and images saying women deserve better than abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood. 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. Pinterest says that their mission is to “help empower people to discover things that they love,” but despite the fact that millions of people love babies and the pro-life cause, they are secretly censoring our life-affirming messages. Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly. If Planned Parenthood can promote their message on Pinterest, then Live Action should be able to as well.”
Sadly, this censoring of Rose’s organization is nothing new. For years, social media sites such as Twitter have attempted to disallow Rose or Live Action from running ads on the site unless footage of undercover investigations, as well as videos featuring information about abortion, were removed from Live Action’s website. Pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood, however, have not faced the same level of restrictions when purchasing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ads on Twitter.
Pinterest has also hidden content from the Center for Medical Progress which exposed Planned Parenthood harvesting aborted baby parts, claiming the videos promoted “active harm” against users by sharing conspiracies despite documented evidence of criminal activity.— Human Defense Initiative —