Woman points out how she believes pedophiles are using Pinterest for child exploitation, and parents are horrified.
Seara Adair (@riadaaraes), who describes herself as a survivor and advocate of sexual assault on mother and child, used TikTok to warn parents about the safety of their children online. Her TikTok warning about Pinterest care accounts has now racked up nearly 300,000 views, and parents are concerned about how to keep their kids safe online.
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The video points to a Pinterest profile she found, where she claims the account’s photo is allegedly a suggestive image of a young girl in a swimsuit and a man’s penis.
She explains that the account is full of “stolen pictures of girls between the ages of toddlers and teenagers, all wearing swimsuits, gym clothes and sleepwear,” along with infographics about young women going through puberty, how to talk to young women about sex, and use of tampons.
One worrying thing that Adair found particularly damning is pins on how to specifically photograph children.
“This person learns how to nurture children to create exploitative material,” she concludes.
In 2013, a cybercrime task force in Utah found cases of child pornography on Pinterest, according to NBC News. On its website, the social media company says it has a “zero tolerance policy for child sexual exploitation” and encourages users to report material to the company as well as internet watchdogs.
Users were outraged at the prospect of Pinterest grooming and said they were making extra efforts to keep their children safe.
“I will now remove all photos of my daughter…even if only friends can see them,” wrote @vingu721.
“That’s why I’ve never posted my kids before and never will. Even on my private accounts with followers I know,” added @mshukoh.
Unfortunately, one user said this is just part of a larger internet problem.
“I used to work as a content moderator for a big company and it’s very common across all social media,” wrote @user524497.
The Daily Dot contacted Pinterest for comment and @riadaaraes via Instagram direct message.
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*Initial publication: May 8, 2022 4:03 pm CDT
Dan Latu is a freelance journalist writing about the internet and culture. His work has previously appeared in The Real Deal and The Columbia News Service.
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