Pinterest has a lot of hype and wants to promote sanity. The digital platform has announced new restrictions against alleged climate “misinformation,” after partnering with openly biased, pro-censorship organizations. A Pinterest spokesperson gave a vague description about the new action, telling MRC Free Speech America, “Fighting misinformation is complex and always evolving.”
Pinterest can be used to spark ideas or pursue passions. However, it is now a battleground for freedom speech. In November 2021, the Conscious Advertising Network posted an open letter, boasting of how Google had demonetized climate “disinformation” in partnership with the group, and insisting that other Big Tech platforms follow suit. Signers of the letter included the Climate Disinformation Coalition, openly leftist Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, and the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), which called Media Research Center and other conservative media outlets the “Toxic Ten” of climate “misinformation.”
This letter was sent to several tech companies including Pinterest. On April 6, Pinterest announced that it has a new “climate misinformation policy.” The new “Community guidelines on misinformation and disinformation” ban “false or misleading content” around “solutions” to climate change, an issue the platform claims is based upon “scientific consensus.”
The policy further bans supposed misrepresentation of “scientific data” and content that “denies the existence or impacts of climate change, the human influence on climate change, or that climate change is backed by scientific consensus.”
But Pinterest cited the Climate Disinformation Coalition and the Conscious Ad Network as “experts” with whom it partnered for the new policy. Friends of the Earth Climate Disinformation co-chair Michael Khoo praised Pinterest’s new policy, according to Pinterest’s announcement. Khoo previously used CCDH’s “Toxic Ten” report to endorse demonetization of conservative media.
The November open letter also cited Microsoft partner and leftist online rating firm NewsGuard, which MRC Free Speech America found is heavily biased in favor of left-wing media outlets.
MRC Free Speech America asked Pinterest whether its new “climate misinformation policy” discriminates against public debate and online discourse about the unsettled issue. But Pinterest didn’t directly address potential free speech implications in its reply.
“At Pinterest we’re focused on maintaining a safe, positive, and inspiring Pinner experience, and have long held policies combating general misinformation on our platform, from health to election content, and more,” a Pinterest spokesperson responded. “Our new policy is focused on the most concrete climate denial narratives that have been circulating both online and offline. Fighting misinformation is complex and always evolving, which is why we continue to work with climate experts to inform our policies and how we enforce them.”
And contrary to the language of Pinterest’s new policy, there is not a “scientific consensus” on climate change. In their analyses and predictions of climate change, so-called experts on the subject have proven wrong numerous times over the past two decades.
For example, former Vice President Al Gore stated in his 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth” that “within the decade, there will be no more snows of Kilimanjaro.” About 16 years later, Mount Kilimanjaro still has snow.
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