Will Oremus @WillOremus Oh-REE-mus. Senior writer for OneZero (@ozm) covering platforms, algorithms, privacy, and online speech. Raising Delawareness since 2018. DM for Signal. Oct. 14, 2019 1 min read

You don't hear a lot about Pinterest's algorithm spreading lies and breaking democracy. I wrote about how the company has sacrificed virality and left some potential growth on the table to keep it that way—and why it's harder than you might think.  https://onezero.medium.com/how-pinterest-built-one-of-silicon-valleys-most-successful-algorithms-9101afdfd0dd 

It doesn't get much attention, but Pinterest really does have a misinformation problem. Here's how it works:  https://onezero.medium.com/how-pinterest-built-one-of-silicon-valleys-most-successful-algorithms-9101afdfd0dd 

Unlike some other social networks, Pinterest has responded to criticism of its algorithm by inviting researchers to meet with its execs—and then actually taking their advice.  https://onezero.medium.com/how-pinterest-built-one-of-silicon-valleys-most-successful-algorithms-9101afdfd0dd 

This week Pinterest plans to announce a new feature called "Tune Your Home Feed" that lets you tell its recommendation algorithm what to remember and what to forget. If it's already rolled out to you, you can find it here:  https://www.pinterest.com/edit/ 

If you are interested in diving deeper into Pinterest's dark side, @holden's stuff is worth reading. E.g.:  https://hapgood.us/2018/08/15/qanon-and-pinterest-is-a-completely-predictable-disaster/ 

See also this very good @juliacarriew piece about how Pinterest tackled its antivaxx problem in particular:  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/20/pinterest-anti-vaxx-propaganda-search-facebook 

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