Monday, March 26, 2012

Pinterest Will No Longer "Thinspire"

If the internet has the power to do anything, it's unite people. Especially with the ever-growing popularity of social media, people have the ability to find others who share interests and passions, and use the internet as way of connecting with those like you. As harmless as it sounds, in certain circumstances, it can be unhealthy - even deadly. Nowhere more has this proven to be true than in the world of eating disorders. Social networks everywhere, from Xanga (who remembers that?) to Tumblr, have gathered a large community of 'pro ana' and 'pro mia' (meaning pro anorexia or bulimia).

But now, the newest network that is taking the social media world by storm, Pinterest, has taken a stand against it. The Cut reported today that Pinterest will soon be banning the use of their pin boards in order to promote eating disorders or other unhealthy lifestyles. The official statement read that they were forbidding any 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."

While this photo doesn't feature emaciated women, it shows the message that these pictures portray.
Pinterest would have been the perfect outlet for the online community grow, collecting pictures of 'thinspiration' (images of thin women who inspire them to lose weight) on pin boards, so it's good that they're putting a pin in it (no pun intended) early on. Way to go, Pinterest!

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