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Pinterest, YouTube say acting against anti-vaccine messages

WASHINGTON: Several social networks including Pinterest and YouTube have detailed measures they are taking in response to pressure to combat disinformation on vaccines, which they have been accused of enabling. Pinterest confirmed to AFP Monday it changed its policy last year with regards to anti-vaccine content, a development first disclosed last week by the Wall Street Journal. The company said it had started blocking certain searches related to vaccinations and cancer cures last year, because results were leading to…

Pinterest now lets user filter search results by skin tone

Pinterest has launched a new feature that let users filter hair and beauty search results by skin tone ranges making it easier to find what you may be looking for. Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that is designed to help users discover information from the World Wide Web. The changes come after the social media site conducted a survey and found that 70 percent of people used the service to find and save everyday looks and styles. A post from Pinterest’s engineering account says;…

Pinterest growth quickens with international appeal

SAN FRANCISCO: Pinterest on Thursday announced it has topped 200 million monthly users as growth at the online bulletin board picks up speed, especially outside the United States. "When we launched Pinterest in 2010, we were floored by how many people flocked to the site to find new ideas for their lives," said co-founder and head of design Evan Sharp. "As it turns out, curiosity and the desire to try new things are universal." The San Francisco-based Pinterest has grown nearly 40 percent in the past year, and more…

Pinterest lets phones spy eye-catching items

SAN FRANCISCO: Pinterest on Wednesday infused more machine smarts into its online bulletin boards, pushing harder into e-commerce by enabling people to use smartphones to identify products they might wish to pursue. A test version of "Lens" lets people take pictures with smartphones from inside Pinterest applications, which then uses "visual search" to find similar items or themes playing off objects of desire. "Sometimes you spot something out in the world that looks interesting, but when you try to search for it…

Pinterest tops 150 million monthly users

SAN FRANCISCO: Pinterest on Thursday announced that the number of monthly users soared in the past year to top 150 million, with most of that growth coming from outside the United States. Pinterest grew 50 percent from a year ago, with 80 million of its "active Pinners" not from the US. Co-founder and chief executive Ben Silbermann said in a blog post that he thought the growth particularly impressive given that Pinterest doesn't consider itself a social network. "Pinterest is more of a personal tool than a social one.…