Acceptable Use Policy

Pinterest is a place to find things you love and get inspired. To make sure people feel safe and comfortable here, we require everyone to agree to and follow these rules.

Different people may have different opinions on how we should enforce these rules, so we’ve included example Pins to help show where we draw the line with our policies. However, these things are rarely black and white—for each Pin we have to consider the image itself, as well as the surrounding context (like its description or the website the Pin came from). If there’s a question about whether something’s appropriate for our community, we’ll err on the side of taking it down.

Please note the example Pins we show might be disturbing to some people.

Stuff you can’t post

You aren’t allowed to post anything that:

  • Is sexually explicit or pornographic, exploits or presents minors in a sexual way, or promotes adult sexual services (Show explanation)
  • Creates a genuine risk of physical injury or property damage, credibly threatens people or public safety, or organizes, encourages or celebrates harm (Show explanation)
  • Promotes self-harm, eating disorders or hard drug abuse (Show explanation)
  • Attacks, bullies or harasses nonpublic people (Show explanation)
  • Includes hate speech (Show explanation)
  • Is gratuitously violent or gory (Show explanation)
  • Infringes anyone's intellectual property, privacy or other rights (Show explanation)
  • Is fraudulent or deceptive (Show explanation)
  • Is someone else's personal information or requests a minor's personal information (Show explanation)
  • Contains any information or content that’s illegal (Show explanation)

Things you can’t do

You also aren’t allowed to:

  • Use Pinterest’s name, logo, trademark or branding without our consent (our brand guidelines tell you how to use these things)
  • Access, tamper with or use non-public areas of Pinterest, our systems or our technical providers' systems
  • Break or circumvent our security measures or otherwise test the vulnerability of our systems or networks
  • Use any method to access, search, scrape, download or change Pinterest or anything on it (software and tools provided by Pinterest or popular browsers are okay)
  • Pin large amounts of unwanted or repetitive stuff, post unsolicited commercial messages in comments, descriptions, etc., or try to artificially boost views, Pins, comments or other metrics
  • Use meta tags, hidden text or metadata with our trademark, logo, URL or product name without our written consent (our “no pin” code is fine to use)
  • Use Pinterest user information to forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or newsgroup posting, or in any way use Pinterest to send altered source-identifying information
  • Try to reverse engineer any of Pinterest’s software
  • Try to interfere with any Pinterest user, host or network, for example by sending a virus, overloading, spamming or mail-bombing
  • Collect or store personally identifiable information from Pinterest or its users without their permission
  • Impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity
  • Do anything that violates applicable law or regulations
  • Share your password, let anyone access your account or do anything that might put your account at risk
  • Sell your username or otherwise transfer it for compensation
  • Create or show ads that look like or could be confused with Pinterest content (for example, embedding Pinterest actions like Pin, follow or unfollow in your ads)
  • Directly compensate users for Pinning, following or unfollowing (Show explanation)
  • Encourage or help anyone do any of the things on this list

If you run a contest or other type of promotion on Pinterest, please don’t:

  • Suggest that Pinterest sponsors or endorses you or the promotion
  • Require people to Pin from a selection
  • Make people Pin your contest rules
  • Run a sweepstakes where each Pin, board, like or follow represents an entry
  • Encourage spammy behavior, such as asking participants to comment
  • Ask Pinners to vote with Pins, boards or likes
  • Require a minimum number of Pins

We may remove anything for any reason, including if we think it goes against any of these rules or our Terms of Service.