Pinterest, the best damn social media site for finding unique wedding dresses and coffee mug cozies, has been blocked in China.
GreatFire.org records that Pinterest.com has been blocked in mainland China since at least March 8th. Previously, it had only experienced occasional, partial censorship. It’s not clear what brought about this change. The site is known less for its politics, and more for its culinary and crafting recommendations. Though the timing does happen to coincide with China’s annual legislative meetings in Beijing, a highly-sensitive two-week time period in which any disturbance is harshly dealt with.
The site joins a number of other social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google Plus, Snapchat, Line, etc., etc… on the wrong side of the Great Firewall. Just last year, Pinterest President Tim Kendall told Fox Business News why his site would remain unblocked in China.
“Pinterest isn’t a social network; we are really this catalogue of ideas,” Kendall said. “They [users] are not there to share things with their friends and family, they are not there to find out what their friends and family are doing. So it’s not this community planning tool.”
Evidently, he forgot to knock on wood.
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