Live Action gets banned after whistleblower spills all
Monday, June 17, 2019
Charlie Butts, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)
A popular photo-sharing website known for its holiday recipes and home décor banned a pro-life group after a whistleblower revealed the company was blocking access to millions of users.
Pinterest made headlines last week when a whistleblower divulged that Live Action’s website is classified as pornography, which limits users’ ability to share --- or “pin” --- information with others.
"I did this because I saw wrongdoing," fired Pinterest engineer Eric Cochran told Tucker Carlson on Fox News. "And the normalization of censorship within big-tech companies is un-American."
Veritas, the undercover investigative team led by James O’Keefe, published Cochran's account in a May 10 story describing how the popular website is blocking access to Live Action by including it in a list of literal X-rated adult websites.
One day later, Live Action spokesperson Alison Centofante was talking to reporters in a live press conference when she learned via email that Live Action had been permanently banned from Pinterest.
The email cited “medical misinformation and conspiracies” that violate the company’s policy.
Corrine Weaver of the Media Research Center tells OneNewsNow that censoring viewpoints is a characteristic of a monopoly, and big-tech companies such as Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook are powerful monopolies.
“There is no competition for any of them,” Weaver says, “so when they make rules that censors certain viewpoints, no one is stopping them.”
Pinterest, founded in 2010, is a big-tech monster: it reported more than $750 million in revenue in 2018, up from about $400 million in 2017, with users doubling in recent years to more than 250 million per month.
Pinterest debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in April.
According to Live Action, the censorship was not a total surprise: for several months Live Action supporters alerted the group that “pins” were not working, and attempts by Live Action to do the same revealed those complaints were true.
Attempts to “pin” other pro-life groups, and pro-abortion groups, worked without a problem.
Live Action has also been blocked from buying ads on Twitter and its founder, Lila Rose, was informed that content that criticizes Planned Parenthood, or images that show abortions, violate Twitter’s policy.
"Pinterest trying to secretly and dishonestly censor free expression is every Pinterester’s worst nightmare," Rose said in a statement. "We urge them to allow free expression on their platform and to stop censoring Live Action’s pro-life message.”
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