Pinterest claims that if you question vaccines, you are spreading “self-harm” and must be banned
… Pinterest’s “Community Guidelines” section includes a host of topics that are banned or “hidden” from public view. As the site states, “Our team works hard to keep divisive, disturbing or unsafe content off Pinterest.”
The topic of vaccines would probably fall under “divisive” content but Pinterest takes it even further by labeling anti-vaccine content as an extension of self-harm. Their community guidelines on Self Harm declare:
We remove any content that promotes harmful behavior, or anything that encourages or suggests self-harm. We’ll take action on misinformation that has immediate and detrimental effects on a pinner’s health or on public safety – like promotion of false cures for terminal or chronic illnesses and anti-vaccination advice.
Information that paints vaccines in a bad light is also labeled as “harmful misinformation” under another section of the community guidelines — so disparaging the vaccine industry on Pinterest may count as two offenses, instead of just one.
As Pinterest states under their “harmful advice” section:
We don’t allow advice when it has immediate and detrimental effects on a pinner’s health or on public safety. This includes promotion of false cures for terminal or chronic illnesses and anti-vaccination advice.
Under Pinterest’s guidelines, not only is spreading the truth about the risks of vaccines considered a violation, promoting any sort of natural remedy or cure could be painted as “misinformation.” As we’ve seen time and time again, independent thought is becoming a punishable offense.