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Pinterest Toughens Policy Update

Pinterest came under fire recently following Amazon's interest in its copyright troubles, but a new update sees the content-sharing site apply some much-needed changes in order to allay the fears of their users.

Over the weekend the site's policy was given a lick of privacy paint to reassure users that their content would be safe from the clutches of copyright infringement, whilst at the same time ensuring content posted was relevant to the users' needs - especially in the case of self-harm.

"Our original terms stated that by posting content to Pinterest you grant Pinterest the right for us sell your content. Selling content was never our intention and we removed this from our updated terms," Pinterest wrote, adding that it "updated [the] acceptable use policy and we will not allow pins that explicitly encourage self-harm or self-abuse".

The site stated that it had removed language in its guidelines that had previously allowed Pinterest to sell content posted by any of its users, whilst also taking measures to tackle any self-harming issues. It has also amended its terms and conditions to prepare for an upcoming API as well as to enforce private Pinboards, with the updated policy to go live on April 6th.

"Like everything at Pinterest, these updates are a work in progress that we will continue to improve upon. We're working hard to make Pinterest the best place for you to find inspiration from people who share your interest.

"We've gotten a lot of help from our community as we've crafted these terms."

Source: ZDNet

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