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Vaccine-Related Searches on Pinterest Will Show Only Public Health Organizations

Last year, Pinterest stopped showing vaccine-related search results to halt spread of misinformation

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From now on, vaccine-related searches on Pinterest will only produce results from public health organizations.

"We're taking this approach because we believe that showing vaccine misinformation alongside resources from public health experts isn't responsible," Ifeoma Ozoma, the social media company's public policy and social impact manager, said in a statement released Wednesday, CNN reported. "As we continue to tackle health misinformation, we remove it and the accounts that spread it from our service."

Pinterest will only show results from institutions such as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the World Health Organization-established Vaccine Safety Net, CNN reported. The results for such searches will not include recommendations or comments on Pins and will not show ads.

Last year, Pinterest stopped showing vaccine-related search results to halt the spread of harmful misinformation, CNN reported. The new vaccine-related search response is available now in English on its website and its mobile apps, according to the company.

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