A former Pinterest employee fired recently after he exposed the San Francisco-based tech company for blocking pro-life website LiveAction.org says similar efforts on prominent social media platforms are a concerted effort by Big Tech companies to silence pro-life advocates.
“The thing is, it’s not just Pinterest,” Eric Cochran, former Pinterest software engineer, said recently in an interview with the Family Research Council. “This is the mindset of people in Silicon Valley, where we’re seeing the normalization of censorship. The biggest thing is that this is an all-out war on pro-lifers … because the establishment, the powers that be, see Roe v. Wade is going the way of the dinosaur, and they’re doing whatever it takes. They are 100 percent ‘in’ to protect the abortion lobby.”
Cochran was fired by Pinterest after informing Project Veritas, an investigative journalism nonprofit, that the social media website which allows users to share or “pin” content had blocked users from sharing content that links to LiveAction.org.
According to its own website, Live Action has “the largest and most engaged online following in the pro-life movement” and exists to “shift public opinion on the killing of pre-born children and defend the rights of the most vulnerable among us.”
Project Veritas published Cochran’s disclosure that Pinterest added Live Action’s website to its list of sites blocked for pornographic content.
In response to the Project Veritas report, Pinterest officially banned Live Action for publishing so-called “medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment or violence.”
Social media giant YouTube quickly deleted Project Veritas’ video report exposing Pinterest’s censorship efforts and Twitter subsequently also suspended the investigative journalism nonprofit.
Lila Rose, founder of Live Action, said in a press release: “Pinterest says their mission is to ‘help empower people to discover things that they love,’ but despite the fact that millions of people love babies and the pro-life cause, they are secretly censoring our life-affirming messages. Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly.”