Search Engine Land: Pinterest powers up creators during stressful times

Search Engine Land: Pinterest powers up creators during stressful times. “The pandemic didn’t just change our lives out in the real world, it changed digital lives as well. It modified the demands users placed on familiar tools. For marketers, taking note of these shifts on social media platforms is essential. For the architects of these communities, the trends cut deep into human experience.”

Glossy: Pinterest makes play for influencers with new Story Pins feature

Glossy: Pinterest makes play for influencers with new Story Pins feature. “On Wednesday, Pinterest launched a group of ‘creator-first’ functions, including new ‘Story Pins’ with Instagram Stories-esque multi-panel videos or photos. In contrast to Instagram’s and Snapchat’s versions, Pinterest’s Story Pins live on the platform among its other content — and unlike other platforms, these stories do not expire.”

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content

Jakarta Post: TikTok urges social media alliance against suicide content. “TikTok on Tuesday proposed an alliance with nine other social media platforms to work collectively and rapidly to remove suicide content, following an incident this month when a man killed himself on Facebook. The Chinese-owned app said it had set out its proposal in a letter to the chief executives of Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat, Pinterest and Reddit.”

Lifestyle Asia: Pinterest embraces greater inclusivity with its new beauty search feature

Lifestyle Asia: Pinterest embraces greater inclusivity with its new beauty search feature. “Users seeking beauty inspiration on the social media platform can now filter search results by skin tone to find content more relevant to them. Social media users often head to Pinterest for beauty ideas and how-tos, but the sheer volume of results on the site can be overwhelming, making it hard to find tutorials, inspiration and pins that work for their skin tone. Pinterest launched a new search-filtering feature in the US in 2018, and it’s now rolling out in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.”

The Verge: Pinterest now showing custom search results for coronavirus to combat misinformation

The Verge: Pinterest now showing custom search results for coronavirus to combat misinformation. “Pinterest is introducing a ‘custom search experience’ when you seek out information about the coronavirus on its platform, as a way to ‘connect Pinners with facts and myth-bust what’s not true with authoritative information from the [World Health Organization],’ the company tells The Verge.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects

TechCrunch: Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects. “Though Hobbi takes obvious cues from Pinterest, it’s not just a pinboard of inspirational ideas. Instead, the app is designed to help hobbyists organize photos of their own projects into themed collections — like gardening, cooking, arts & crafts, décor and more. The idea is to track the progress you’re making over time.”

The Technology 202: Pinterest bans misinformation about voting and the census (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The Technology 202: Pinterest bans misinformation about voting and the census. “Pinterest is ramping up its efforts to crack down on political misinformation ahead of the 2020 election — a sign that the platform best known for lighthearted fare such as recipes, wedding planning and beauty tips is not immune from the challenges facing other major social media sites.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Proposal would give Virginia teachers an alternative to Pinterest to find online classroom materials

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Proposal would give Virginia teachers an alternative to Pinterest to find online classroom materials. “With more teachers using social media, most notably Pinterest, to find curriculum, the Virginia Department of Education wants to create a new statewide system where teachers can find vetted classroom materials. The idea is part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget, which includes $1.2 billion in new education spending, that is in the hands of the General Assembly. Teachers from across the state are rallying Monday to ask for more.”

Exclusive: Canada’s government underestimated Pinterest’s disinformation problem (Canada’s National Observer)

Canada’s National Observer: Exclusive: Canada’s government underestimated Pinterest’s disinformation problem. “With all eyes on tech giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google, the Liberal government appears to have overlooked another key contributor to the spread of disinformation as it prepared for the 2019 election. The Canadian government thought Pinterest wouldn’t be vulnerable to political disinformation, in part because government officials believed the image-sharing platform doesn’t use an algorithm to promote content, according to a briefing obtained by National Observer.”