Quite a few people logged onto their Pinterest accounts over the past several days to find their pages overloaded with pictures of butts, thighs, abs, and other body parts commonly found in weight-loss ads.
Here are some of the reactions:
Though Pinterest is called out by its Twitter handle
in many of those tweets, the social media site doesn’t appear to have replied to any of them, nor has it addressed the issue on its corporate blog
There is a page from the site’s Help Center
that offers advice to people who are seeing unwanted pins in their accounts. It suggests they change their passwords or email Pinterest’s customer service staff.
On March 3, the Better Business Bureau issued this alert
about how Pinterest has become a target for spammers and hackers. Here’s how they do it, the BBB warns:
Scammers use many techniques to gain access to your account. They may take advantage of security holes in third party applications that connect to Pinterest (such as those that automatically post your pins on Twitter) or insert malicious code into the "Pin This" buttons on other websites.
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offers some additional advice: “To keep your account safe and free from unwanted butt pics and other spam, report suspicious pins, be wary about third-party apps, and check destination links before you repin content.”