Why doesn't Pinterest delete obviously spammy profiles right away and block obviously spammy websites?
I mean, if all of the pins of a profile are stolen pins from 100 bloggers who redirect to a spammy website, what's the benefit of keeping this spammer profile with a link to a spammy website on the platform?
What's the benefit to keep them on Pinterest and even promote these stolen pins (copyright infringement and impersonation) in the home feed and search? What happen is that users repin the spam and land on these potentially dangerous websites. As creators we would like to invest in ads instead of manual spam fighting.
At some point when all of your pins are stolen, I guess these spammy profiles flag your profile, so you get blocked on Pinterest and they steal all of your work and redirect to their spammy websites.
Has someone experienced the same? What is your solution?
We've five blogs and share content, videos and images on Pinterest. We've started our first blog 4 years ago. Until January 2020 everything was good and it was great to use Pinterest. Unfortunately, in the last few months we have a HUGE problem with spammers. We submitted so far more than 2.500 DMCA notices and stolen pins has been taken down. The content of one of our blogs was completely stolen and there were spammers who were stealing our pins minutes after we pin it. We think that these profiles might be bots. We had huge problems and Pinterest support has helped so far, and we are thankful. However, we lost a month, because the process is rather slow.
The most surprising thing is that even our newest blog for toddler activities with not that popular pins is extremely affected. Images of my child link now to bulk of spammy website, that bring you in a loop if you click them by mistake.
Not only our pins also the pins of thousands of others bloggers and content creators are stolen by these thousands of spammy profiles. I've given heads up to some fellow mom bloggers, whose pins have been stolen as well and they report the profiles too.
The crazy thing about it is that these REAL spammer profiles seem to have taken over the home feed and appear high ranked in search.
In the last month, we invested time, money and resources to collect the spammer profiles and the spammy websites, that we identified and send them to Pinterest. But not much has happened yet.
These spammer profiles are against several Pinterest community guidelines - from misleading users to click on spammy websites, though criminal copyright infringement and impersonation. They ruin our brands and reputation by stealing our pins and associating our brands with spam.
Some of these spammer profiles who steal our pins and many other bloggers pins are still active with up to 10 million monthly visitors. And with spammer profiles, I mean obviously spammer. These profiles steal branded pins, some of them even impersonate whole websites and even steal ads.
Sure, we report stolen pins around 50 a day but it's a never ending story and it's quite expensive to have extra people hired to fight spam, instead investing the money in promoting our content. Once the stolen pins are taken down, the spammy profiles steal them again!
Check out for example these ones, event hough we and other bloggers have reported them they are still there and we have 1.000 more to share.
This one grew from 1.7m with 4.9 million visitors in the last 2 weeks https://www.pinterest.com/gloriawalton0245/
and so many more....
How can we get rid of those?
Thank you for jumping in here, @allaboutbabyblog! We're investigating now and taking action.
@toddlerinaction, thanks for sharing those links and for your feedback. We're constantly working to fight spam on our platform in as timely matter as possible. If you come across a Pin, comment, or message that you believe breaks these rules, please do continue reporting. We do our best to review as many items as effectively as possible. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention and thank you both for being a part of our community.
Hi @PinterestGabby Gabby, thanks for your reply. As I already said, by the influx of spam Pinterest support is helping as much as they can and we are thankful for that.
It seems that most of spammers are bots and they steal automatically our content. I discussed with other bloggers who are affected as well. I think everyone is affected. We've spend the last 4 weeks in fighting spam instead of working and creating content and products. It's not only frustrating, it's also losing income, reputation and it affects our brands as well.
It might be helpful to restrict redirecting branded pins to other than the website that created the content. At least the function download an image should be disabled, so if they steal our pins at least they would need to make screenshots that won't be identical with the original pins. It must be extremely well paying for spammers to steal pins and content.
We've noticed that many of them are registered in Germany and Turkey. For example this profile
is driving traffic to Turkish websites, that steal thousands of posts and pins and impersonate the bloggers.
Added also some screen shots, from the website that stole our content. I still cannot understand what's their deal.
This is only an example.
This one to German sites
The spammy website stole 30 of my post, @Busytoddler has >300!! post stolen.
Not only these spammer profiles stole our pins, but they also stole parts of our content and posted it on their spammy websites.
They stole the pins and content of @BusyToddler, @HelloWonderful, @HappyToddlerPlaytime and so many more.
I think, we all are interested in a spam free Pinterest and appreciate every good solution.
Here some more. If we could send all of the spammers we have found directly to a spam department, please let us know, where to submit them
@toddlerinaction -- totally hear you on this, and I've shared your feedback and these examples with our team for internal review. We suggest filling out our help center form under the 'Report Spam' section to route to the respective support team. For example, you can pick Report Spam > A spammy Pinterest account > fill out additional details. Here's a quick link that takes you right there if that's helpful.
@toddlerinaction wowza, that's a lot of spammy profiles you found there. In the form I sent you, on the next page after you've filled out your personal info, you're taken to a prompt where you're asked to describe the issue. In this section please put 'Reported accounts' in the subject line and then you can add multiple accounts in the description. Be sure to add all these accounts line by line so it's easy for our team to export and take the appropriate action. Thanks!