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Source: https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/06/tech/pinterest-climate-change-misinformation-policy/index.htmlNew York (CNN Business)Pinterest on Wednesday announced a new policy prohibiting users from sharing climate misinformation on its platform, making it the rare social platform to ban such content outright.
Pinterest, a service where users can bookmark and share visual posts, said it will remove content that denies the existence or impacts of climate change as well as the role of humans in causing climate change. It also plans to take action on false or misleading content about climate change solutions, content misrepresenting scientific data that could erode trust in experts, and harmful false or misleading content about climate change-related public safety emergencies. The platform will also ban ads containing false information or conspiracy theories related to climate change.
Because it will need to be said, Pinterest has every right to do this.
That said, this is, IMO, a mistake. The best approach would be some kind of warning label or brand that marks the information as suspect or otherwise considered false by most experts. What we learned with the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020 is that suppressing "fake news" can lead to suppressing the truth. Twitter banned links to the NY Post's first reports on the laptop because its editors decided to believe the misinformation that the laptop was either stolen or Russian disinformation. We now know neither is the case.
Suppressing minority opinion is not good practice, ever.