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.'"
Unlike Tumblr, however, Pinterest does not appear to have guidelines to deal with this burgeoning issue. Under its Pin Etiquette section the site does have a little blurb called "Report Objectionable Content," which outlines the only policy we found on this type of stuff: "We do not allow nudity or hateful content. If you find content that is objectionable or violates our Terms of Service you can submit the content for review by pushing the 'Report Content' link," it reads. While it's possible posts are being reported, we found numerous "thinspo" tagged posts on the site.