Live Action Slams Pinterest for Adding ‘LiveAction.org’ to List of Pornography Sites
Washington, D.C. – A whistleblower at Pinterest has revealed that the organization has been monitoring and censoring Live Action content and suppressing pro-life messages. The insider reveals that “LiveAction.org” was intentionally added by Pinterest staff to a ‘pornography block list’ for the popular website. Because “LiveAction.org” was added to the list of pornographic sites, the insider showed that users cannot create pins that link to “LiveAction.org.” Live Action has received complaints from supporters over the last few months that they have had difficulty pinning content from ‘LiveAction.org.’ After testing the website, Live Action was unable to create pins from our own website but was able to create pins to other pro-life websites and create pins to pro-abortion websites like Planned Parenthood. Pinterest is a publicly-traded social media company headquartered in San Francisco with nearly 300 million active monthly users. Live Action has the largest and most active online following in the pro-life movement, with over 3.3 million followers. According to Media Matters, “Posts from Live Action and the organization’s founder, Lila Rose, together accounted for a larger share of top Facebook posts related to abortion than all left-leaning pages combined.” The whistleblower at Pinterest also revealed that “David Daleiden/Planned Parenthood” was added to a list of conspiracy theories that Pinterest monitors. In 2015, David Daleidan exposed executives and staff at Planned Parenthood bartering over the sale of fetal body parts.
As of Sunday evening, Pinterest was not allowing users to create pins that link to Live Action’s website. Only on Monday, after Project Veritas reached out to Pinterest letting them know of the whistleblower’s claims and asking for comment, were pins able to link to ‘LiveAction.org.’
Full interview with Pinterest insider here.
Statement from Live Action Founder and President, Lila Rose:
“We have more questions than answers about Pinterest’s censorship of Live Action and the pro-life message. Based on the evidence provided, it appears that Pinterest intentionally added ‘LiveAction.org’ to a ‘pornography’ blocklist in an effort to suppress our pro-life content from being shared on the platform.
“By secretly applying the label of ‘pornography’ to Live Action’s pro-life content, Pinterest demonstrates a concerted effort to sideline a leading pro-life organization the only way they knew how. This does not appear to be a simple mistake. When confronted with an appeal, their employees doubled down and kept LiveAction.org on the pornography list. What exactly is Pinterest attempting to block? Inspirational messages to pregnant mothers, ultrasound images showing the science of prenatal development, medically accurate information on the abortion procedure, and images saying women deserve better than abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood.
“Pinterest has targeted Live Action, I believe, because our message is so effective at educating millions about the humanity of the preborn child and the injustice of abortion. Pinterest says that their mission is to “help empower people to discover things that they love,” but despite the fact that millions of people love babies and the pro-life cause, they are secretly censoring our life-affirming messages. Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly. If Planned Parenthood can promote their message on Pinterest, then Live Action should be able to as well.
“Pinterest trying to secretly and dishonestly censor free expression is every Pinterester’s worst nightmare. We urge them to allow free expression on their platform and to stop censoring Live Action’s pro-life message.”
Live Action released e-mail communications between Twitter staffers and Live Action employees revealing the social media platform’s bias against pro-life material and content exposing Planned Parenthood. Twitter blocked Live Action and Live Action Founder and President, Lila Rose, from promoting pro-life messaging through paid ads, all while Planned Parenthood spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote violent pro-abortion messaging on the platform. Twitter told Live Action in emails that the following content is considered in violation and should be deleted:
Live Action’s undercover investigations
investigations by the Center for Medical Progress
images and videos of abortion procedures
content related to defunding Planned Parenthood
images and videos of late-term abortions
ultrasound and images of preborn children
Live Action’s petition to defund Planned Parenthood
links directing to sections of Live Action’s website that contain videos with the content listed above
Lila Rose has written about the ongoing situation with Twitter here.
In December 2018, a Slate reporter contacted YouTube, complaining that search results when using the term “abortion” featured videos that included pro-life content, including videos from Live Action showing OB/GYN Dr. Anthony Levantino discussing the abortion procedure and videos from pro-life advocate and Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro. Live Action’s “Abortion Procedures” videos show a medical animation of the procedure and have garnered over 140 million views.
The Slate reporter contacted YouTube with her complaint and within three days, Live Action’s abortion procedures videos, which were previously prominently featured, now appear far beyond the 150th video to be seen.
Read more here.
For questions or to set up an interview with Lila Rose, please contact Alison Centofante at [email protected]