Pinterest, the never-ending well of creativity, is now blocked in China.
Our eyes have been turned to many WeChat moments and chat flurries of outrage. Why would China block such an innocuous platform?
We’re just as angry as all the rest of moms (“And teachers!!” a few readers have pointed out), since the team at beijingkids also uses Pinterest to come up with cover ideas, layouts, and projects to try and review for readers.
We don’t know why exactly Pinterest has been blocked, since it’s been an unscathed source of inspiration, but our guess is that it has to do with Pinterest’s recent acquisition of Jelly Industries, a search-engine company. Jelly was co-founded by Biz Stone, which happened to also co-found Twitter and Medium. These platforms are also blocked in a sort of Chinese government boycott against Biz Stone’s belief that Chinese laws are “antithetical to [Twitter’s] whole way of doing things.”
The other possibility is that China is cracking down on foreign imports in ideology in strange ways. We don’t know why Pinterest would have been blocked to keep Western thought out, since from our knowledge, there weren’t many Chinese users of Pinterest.