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Senators question Pinterest on practices to remove sexually suggestive content harmful to young users

Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) on Tuesday questioned the social media platform Pinterest about its practices for identifying, moderating and removing content that may be sexually suggestive or harmful to minor users.

The senators in a letter to Pinterest CEO Bill Ready say Pinterest “has fallen short” of its “aspirations” about protections for young people on the platform.

The social media app allows users to both upload their own content and to save, or “pin,” images to scrapbook-style “boards,” and the senators’ letter cites an NBC News report from earlier this month highlighting that adult male users were able to create boards “dedicated to the sexualization of underage girls.”

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