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Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census


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The Pinterest app on a smartphone.

Pinterest has banned the posting of misleading information related to the upcoming presidential election, or the U.S. Census.

Credit: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg News

The Pinterest platform has banned the posting of misleading information related to voting or the census, instituting a "civic participation" policy that is applicable to content from users' posts and ads on the service.

Pinterest will disclose any census count-related hoaxes to the U.S. Census Bureau so the agency can dispel them and prevent their proliferation on other social networks.

The network also will display a banner atop search results so people seeking "2020 Census" and other popular terms can easily access the U.S. 2020 Census website. “

This is an Internet problem,” said Pinterest's Aerica Shimizu Banks, adding that the only way to address such misinformation broadly is for tech companies and government officials to work together.

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