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Pinterests Terms Update Explained

Pinterest has announced that they’ve made some rather sweeping changes to their Terms of ServiceAcceptable Use Policy, and Privacy Policy.

Here’s what Pinterest has to say about the changes on their blog.

Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon. We’re working hard to make Pinterest the best place for you to find inspiration from people who share your interests. We’ve gotten a lot of help from our community as we’ve crafted these Terms.

I think it’s remarkable that Pinterest has been so responsive to its critics and its users. They’ve addressed many of the concerns that have been raised in the last few months of Pinterest’s meteoric rise in popularity.

First and foremost, they’ve omitted the option to sell your pins. Here’s what they say about that in the blog post.

Our original Terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for us to sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated Terms.

This is good news, particularly for those of us that upload original content to the site.

In other big news, a recent issue with Pinterest has been so called “pro-ana” boards (pro-anorexia). Tumblr recently banned using their service to promote self-harm, and Pinterest is following their lead. From the new Acceptable Use policy:

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;

In addition, Pinterest is acknowledging the copyright issues the site is facing to some extent. They are now offering up a much simpler way to report any issues of copyright infringement, but Pinterest still gets the final say as to whether or not an item is pulled from the site. Tech Crunch explains:

But while it looks like it might be getting easier to report infringements, it appears that it will still be up to Pinterest to approve whatever changes need to take place as a result. Given that at the moment over 80 percent of content is re-pinned rather than original content, it’s not likely that this will be the last we hear of the intersection of Pinterest and content infringements.

Many of these changes are not only addressing the concerns of users, but also helping assist Pinterest in the release of its API. Once the API is released, of course, there will be many new supporting apps and programs and it will be easier to pin things to the site.

Stay tuned. For a young program, Pinterest is proving itself to be pretty adaptable.

 

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