- Twitter suspends Iranian state media outlets for harassing members of a religious minority 7 Years Ago
- Pro-MAGA pageant queen stripped of title over ‘offensive’ tweets Today 11:52 AM
- Marvel unveiled its Phase 4 plans at San Diego Comic-Con Today 9:16 AM
- How a queer Instagram is helping fight the opioid epidemic in Appalachia Today 6:30 AM
- Philadelphia to fire 13 officers for racist, violent Facebook posts Saturday 6:12 PM
- Nick Offerman is so down to play every single role in ‘Cats’ Saturday 4:27 PM
- Woman documents how airport staff broke her wheelchair Saturday 3:04 PM
- Funeral home allegedly posted photos of woman’s dead body on social media Saturday 1:56 PM
- Alinity Divine is being investigated after throwing her cat during stream (updated) Saturday 12:04 PM
- ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ returns with Seinfeld making a racist joke about China Saturday 10:26 AM
- YouTubers Eugenia Cooney and Shane Dawson make a joint comeback Saturday 9:06 AM
- The crushing effects of Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ on healthcare Saturday 8:00 AM
- How to live stream Pacquiao vs. Thurman Saturday 6:20 AM
- Review: Hulu with Live TV ensures you always have something to watch Saturday 6:00 AM
- How to live stream UFC on ESPN 4: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards Saturday 5:49 AM
Now that they’ve solved the copyright issue, spam is Pinterest’s largest threat. Here’s how users can help squash it.
Pinterest’s spam problem has gotten too big for engineers to face alone.
This weekend, the network released an official blog statement informing users about how they, too, could help combat Pinterest spam.
“While the technology we use to detect spam becomes more advanced each day, we want Pinners to know what to do in case you come across suspicious content or links while browsing Pinterest,” a spokesperson wrote.
The post indicated that Pinterest is aware of the more advanced spamming tactics the Daily Dot outlined last week, including phishing, fake giveaways, and misleading pins that redirect users to unrelated sites. Pinterest confirmed that spammers that follow your account are harmless.
“You don’t need to be concerned if a spam account follows you on Pinterest, but you should definitely feel empowered to let us know about it,” a spokesperson wrote.
The spokesperson listed six Internet safety tips for users. Based on these tips, it’s clear that Pinterest is having a bigger problem with spam accounts than with individual pins.
During the St. Patrick’s Day and Easter attacks, spammers hijacked pins that belonged to legitimate users, making some look like spammers. But presumably thanks to Pinterest’s recent algorithm update, spammers are more likely to pin spam solely to their own accounts.
Pinterest does not yet have a button for reporting entire accounts for spam, but a commenter on the post, Serendipity, advised users on how to report spam accounts on the Support page. Submit a new request and use the drop down menu to select Spam/Abuse > Report User > Spam.
However, users who commented on the post are anxious for a more direct method to quickly zap spammers. For commenter Wendy, the “Report Spam” button isn’t effective enough.
“I noticed one person following me whose pins have all been reported, but they are still on Pinterest,” she wrote. “Why can’t their accounts just be deleted for violating the TOS?”
Photo via Pinterest
Lauren Rae Orsini is a web culture reporter who specializes in anime and the business of fandom. Her work has been published by Forbes and Business Insider.