Harassment and cyberbullying

We don’t allow harassment and cyberbullying anywhere on Pinterest, regardless of who started it. That said, not all mean or unwanted interactions between people necessarily go against our policies. Sometimes people discuss celebrities, people in the news, religion or other controversial topics, and that’s okay. 

If you're uncomfortable interacting with someone on Pinterest, we recommend blocking them.

If the conversation rises to the level of bullying or harassment of a specific person, we’ll take it down. Let us know if someone is harassing you by posting things like your full name, address or your photograph. 

If you’re the target of harassment or cyberbullying, here’s what you can do:

  1. Stop interacting with the person that’s harassing you
  2. Block the person so they can’t follow you or interact with your Pins
  3. Report the harassing Pins or a person
  4. If you’re ever concerned about your safety, contact a law enforcement agency

You can also get in touch with us

There are three things we look for before we can remove something for harassment:
1. It needs to be clear who’s being harassed. This could mean the Pin includes the person’s name, initials, date of birth or picture. 
2. The person being harassed (or their legal guardian) needs to report it to us. 
3. The person being harassed must be a private individual, not public person. 

If you notice another person being harassed or bullied on Pinterest, ask them to write to us or report the harassing profile from their own account. In addition, please don't make a profile to bully someone (or even yourself)! 

What’s NOT considered harassment?

  • Picked for you Pins
  • Promoted Pins 
  • Mean spirited Pins that don’t meet the harassment points above
  • Chain Pins

If the content isn’t attacking a private individual, but is an attack on a protected group of people, it may be a case of hate speech.

Other resources

For more information about how to stay safe online and additional tips for dealing with harassment and cyberbullying, check out these helpful resources:

Connect Safely (USA)                                     
Kids Help Phone (Canada)
Project RockIt (Australia)
Cyberbullying Research Center (for adults)
Band Back Together