China’s censorship under the Great Firewall increased yet again last week when the country added Pinterest to its list of blocked sites. Pinterest is a social media site that allows users to share images of things they like, which are dubbed “pins.” As reported by Greatfire.org, Pinterest has been blocked in China for the past week, likely indicating it will be blocked permanently. Pinterest joins Facebook, Twitter and a multitude of other popular social media sites (and many websites) the country restricts access to.
Although Pinterest’s use isn’t extremely prevalent in China, the blockage is significant as Pinterest was one of the few Western social media sites that remained accessible. It’s not entirely clear why Pinterest was suddenly targeted.