Pinterest Shares Transparency Report for First 6 Months of 2020


The platform received 46 legal requests from law enforcement and government agencies in the U.S. for user information, covering 55 accounts, and it produced information in response to all of them, with five account holders being notified.

Internationally, it received one request in Canada, covering one account, and supplied some information.

Pinterest said it received between zero and 249 national security letters and orders issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act for user information.

The company received 919 requests worldwide from government agencies in six countries to remove content either because it is illegal in that country or it violates Pinterest’s community guidelines.

Pinterest said it removed content for violating its community guidelines in response to 790 of those requests and restricted content on the remaining 129.

The lion’s share of actions came in response to request from Russia, with 687 pieces of content removed for community guidelines violations and 96 for legal reasons.

Finally, Pinterest submitted 1,638 CyberTipline reports to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the first six months of 2020.

The company wrote in a blog post, “Pinterest does not tolerate child sexual abuse material. We have a strict no-tolerance policy for any content, imagery or text, that exploits or endangers minors. Detecting and removing this content is extremely important to us, and we work closely with the NCMEC to combat this type of activity. Pinterest also employs a team of specialists trained to identify and review CSAM.”

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