Social networking site Pinterest to help fight eating disorders
In major combination advancement in information technology, a social networking site is now helping people grappling with eating disorders by enabling them to share photos of their favorite items, such as uneaten plate of food or very thin people.
Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing site established by Paul Sciarra, Evan Sharp, and Ben Silbermann in March 2010.
Previously this year, this site took measures to try and ban "user content that...creates risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury" under its updated "acceptable use policy."
After implementing this change the site has increased its popularity among victims of eating disorders, says a report published in Telegraph
In order to stop the people battling eating disorder to become able to search for such images, the site has blacklisted a set of words related to eating disorders, such as "thinspo" [a term related to "thinspiration" which glorified unhealthy body images].
When the user searches those words they receive zero results and instead a warning appears on the screen: "Eating disorders are not lifestyle choices, they are mental disorders that if left untreated can cause serious health problems or could even be life-threatening.
--with inputs from ANI
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