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People finding porn on Pinterest

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -  Pinterest gets 4 million unique visits each day.

Unfortunately, with that traffic and popularity comes undesirable effects like the porn pushers.  One viewer was so concerned at the amount of porn she was being tricked into seeing on the site, she wrote to us to ask us to do a segment on this very topic.  

There is nothing worse than searching Pinterest for that favorite recipe, typing in search words and seeing porn.  The worst offender on Pinterest?  The "Everything" stream of pins. 

WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, explains how to avoid it:

TIPS:

1.  Specific search terms:  Be specific about what you are looking for on Pinterest.  Many of the porn pins hide behind "Everything"

2.  Red Flag:  Look at the profile creating the pins, do they follow a lot of people but few people follow them back?  Usually a red flag if nobody wants to follow them.

3.  Pin Search:  Go outside Pinterest and do a search for your area of interest and Pinterest pins, that may help you determine the pins you want to follow.

4.  Likes / Repins:  Pay attention to the Likes and Repins.  If the Repin number seems skyrocket high, there might be a spammer behind it

5.  Know Your Rights:  Read Pinterest's Pin Etiquette and the Terms of Service.  Don't be shy about flagging pins that you think are inappropriate.

5.  Reporting a Pin:  It's 3 easy and quick steps - Click on the pin, Choose "report a pin", type in your reason

For more help reporting a pin, click here.

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