Pinterest Has an Anorexia Problem

By The Atlantic Wire

The new social network has a policy against nudity and hateful content, but how it is going to deal with the growing collection of "thinspo" bloggers who have set up camp on the site?

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The "Tumblrization of Pinterest" is now complete, with "thinspo" bloggers setting up camp on the site, as we suspected they might after Tumblr announced its crackdown on these sorts of self-harm blogs. Just one aspect of the self-harm milieu, "thinspiration" blogs glorify unhealthy anorexic behavior with images of super-skinny women alongside mantras like "never give up you'll have your dream body one day." It's sad and disturbing, but not surprising. This stuff has existed since the dawn of the Internet. And, with Pinterest working a lot like Tumblr, it's no surprise the movement has begun to populate this up-and-arrived social network. The only mystery here is, how will Pinterest deal with it?

The content looks just like the "thinspo" posts we found on Tumblr. Lots of skinny girls, collar bones, and diet (starvation) tips. To give you an idea, here's just a sampling from one thinspo pin board. "You wanna binge? Keep telling yourself 'later.' Soon enough, that 'later' turns into 'never.'"

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