How to Block on Pinterest and Hide Pins From Unwanted Users

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Alex Topiler

There’s a feature to let you Report or Block someone on Pinterest, and it’s going to change the way businesses think about Pinterest Marketing.

Pinterest’s block feature significantly reduces spam and improves content quality on the visual search engine.

The block button allows users to avoid tons of irrelevant content in the their feeds. It also positions Pinterest to provide a more relevant, hyper-targeted content stream compared to other social platforms like Facebook or Twitter.

Pinterest is all about you and what inspires you. That’s why it’s important that you have control of your Pinterest experience. We’ve always offered basic features to control things like the emails you receive, social networking sites you connect your Pinterest account with, and the ability to report pins.

Today, we’re adding a couple of new features people have requested to give you more control, including the ability to block and report a user and more granular email settings.

-Statement from Dannie Chu, Pinterest Software Engineer

Blocking Changes Pinterest Marketing for Business (for the Better)

Why is letting someone block others on Pinterest so important for brands?  It gives you much more control over the content you see on feeds and in search.

Blocking others could mean you get slightly lower reach for anything you Pin.  However, as a brand or business marketing on Pinterest, this also means you’re more likely to reach people who may engage with your content.

When you block some undesirable followers, your fanbase might not be as large, or grow as quickly as on Twitter or Facebook, but each fan will be massively more valuable to you.

Pinterest > Twitter and Facebook

We already know that Pinterest drives about 14x more referrals per user than Twitter and 12.5x more referrals per user than Facebook…

However, it’s becoming clear that when it comes to overall value per follower, Pinterest has an even larger advantage over Facebook and Twitter, and it will only continue to widen the gap.

How to Block People on Pinterest and Remove their Pins from Your Stream

Blocking people on Pinterest is pretty simple, although the dashboard has changed a bit. You won’t see the small flag icon in the bottom right corner of someone’s profile anymore.

Instead, you’ll have to go to the Pinterest users profile and click the more button (…) and select block from the drop-down menu.

You also have the option to report this person if they are posting inappropriate content.

When you block someone on Pinterest do they know?

  • The blocked user is NOT automatically notified of the block.  However, they see a notification if they try to follow you or interact with your pins.

What happens when you block someone on Pinterest:

  • The block is mutual – The person you block will not be able to follow you or interact with your pins, and you will no longer be able to follow them or interact with their pins.
  • Automatic Unfollow – If you are already following this person, or they are following you, blocking them will cause you both to automatically unfollow each other.
  • Comments Removed – Any previous comments between you and the other person will be automatically removed.

  • Repins and Likes are NOT automatically removed – You will no longer be able to repin or like any of each other’s pins from that point forward, but previous repins and likes will remain.  If you want to remove those, you will be able to unlike or delete pins individually.
  • In Public Areas only, you might still see their boards and Pins:
    • Search results

How to Unblock Someone on Pinterest

Changed your mind about blocking someone on Pinterest? It’s easy to reverse the decision. Here’s how to unblock on Pinterest:

  • Go to the blocked Pinterest users profile
  • Click the more button (…)
  • Click Unblock

You’ll now have the option to follow that user again, as well as interact with their pins!

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  • I am thinking of leaving Pinterest because a few people are blocking me and I have no idea what I've done wrong. I have read and read the rules and still don't know what I've done wrong. Could someone please please explain? Thanks in advance..... Sharon Lambert

    • For the first time since being on Pinterest, I just found out that someone had blocked me when I tried to pin something similar to the things I normally pin. I have no idea what their complaint is against me. After viewing their boards, all I can guess is maybe they are jealous because I have more boards, more followers, (something that they can't handle so they blocked me). Also, after viewing their boards, I loss to me! I love my boards and do not care if a few weirdoes block me. I did go in and block this person too. (I never blocked anyone myself, so I had to find out how to do it).

  • Blocking has become a social outcast system that is rampant on pinterest. Groups of women, acting like gang leaders, gossiping, spreading rumours and hate, bullying, and blacklisting me for no good reason....I am about ready to go to the media on this.One major league group board pin er and I had a disagreement, and since, she has gotten over 40 women (and more daily) to block me , as well as throw me off group boards. I have been accused of all kinds of is out of control.

  • This feature does NOT go far enough...having nasty people and stalkers in your life being able to follow you makes the site no fun to be on. I think that if I block someone, it should be like a facebook block where they can no longer find me in search as well. Hope this happens one day.

    • I totally disagree because I am an innocent pinner who keeps being blocked for no reason by ignornant women who don't have to explain why and It is very offensive to me. Two pinners pinned from MY boards and then blocked me afterwards. I want to know why. I use to enjoy Pinterest but being blocked six times now and not knowing why pisses me off.

      • Why do you care? They are just a few random strangers on an earth with billions of potential followers. They are not even worth the time you waste on being offended.

      • Some people on Pinterest are delusional and psychotic and think that they own the rights to all of the pictures they've pinned on their boards. They're possessive and overbearing and have rules, stipulations and etiquette listed for everything like how many pins you can pin from THEIR board like it's a treasure chest that they and ONLY they have rights to covet. They abuse the blocking feature because obviously they don't know or care what it's actual purpose was meant for. I call them Psycho Pinners. Then there's the people who follow you who get mad at anything you do on your board like deleting your own pins who then retaliate by reporting you and causing your board to be suspended. Just like everywhere else in life and other social media you have ugly people who do ugly things on Pinterest who are all kinds of crazy and abusive under the guise of being something or someone else.

      • That's one really creepy and stalker-ish message lol. When a person seems angry, it's usually because of something bad happening, but to feel unhappy because other people don't want to know (or care) about you while you annonymously crawl the Internet? Maybe we should all move to China and monitor each other 8-)

  • i block spammers but because it doesn't remove them from the search results, blocking them is useless!!

  • There is one woman who posts pics and will demand if you pin more then 7 pins she will block you. I like one of her pins. She then with capped locks started writing manically that she was being abused, that people were stealing from her! She was writing why were people pinning from her? She even went as far as saying that she is a good person and she can't understand why this is happening to her! Clearly she needs to be off Pinterest! Imagine if she was on twitter and someone retweeted! She would have to restrained!!!!

  • This is by far my favorite feature. I don't know how many times spam bots have ripped off entire boards of mine, pinning every single pin and giving the board the same title. Now when I see this happening, I can just block them.

  • This is not a true block. As long as someone can still SEE my existence on Pinterest, they are not blocked. The way Pinterest has set this up only antagonizes the stalkers and makes things worse. A TRUE block means one can literally *disappear* from their stalker (i.e., unkind, bullying, mentally-ill family member) like on FB. Pinterest must wake up and realize there are some very abusive people in the world who use Pinterest to spread hatred, even off-line. PINTEREST--PROTECT YOUR USERS with COMPLETE ANONYMITY!

  • I have to say that today I was shocked to have been blocked by someone when I went to try and repin one of their pins. I am not a spammer nor do I copy whole chunks of people boards. These people do not own the images they are pinning and to be honest it is making me feel differently about pinterest. What was once a great place to share things of interest is becoming as political as bloody Facebook. Not a smart move by Pinterest, spoilt a perfectly good thing.

    • I like sharing amazing things I find online. However, having someone repin almost everything that I post with similar title, receiving notification everyday of the same copy/paste message has started to aggravate me. This is why I decided to block this person because it has been going on for far too long and when I look at this person's board, almost 50%+ were repinned from my board. I would appreciate it if they could have had many other contents from other sources, but that is not the case. I would not mind someone following my board and follow, but with moderation.

      • I am not sure why you have replied to myself as though you are relating your comments to me. I don't even know who you are ? With regards to blocking on Pinterest - I find it sad if the only thing you have to worry about on waking in the morning is a message on your computer or phone to say that someone has repinned images that you yourself have repinned from somewhere else or from someone elses boards. I personally could care less if people enjoy my pins so much that they choose to repin them. After all none of us own any of the images. Let me just put Pinterest into perspective for you AJ - if the Internet was gone tomorrow - you would have nothing as you don't own any of it. How sad that digital bullying has reached Pinterest where everyone enjoys sharing gorgeous images and ideas but small minded individuals have become 'possessive' about pixels.

        • I did not find her reply directed at you but an offering in a discussion..One morning I woke up to find a pinned had taken 59 pins from a board overniet, hours spent searching on a subject that she spent 10 minutes to appropriate. yes I felt violated. I restrict myself to 3 or 4 pins from one board or follow the person.It's respectful.

          • And I say to you as in my previous comments, you don't own the pixels, to feel violated over someone sharing or adding the pins is ridiculous. Feel glad that someone else enjoys the same things as yourself and stop spending 'hours' stealing images from the internet. Get it into perspective go outside and look at real things, pinterest is great stop spoiling it by becoming greedy pin misers.

          • your language directed at mild comments : " greedy, , ridiculous , misers "indicates that if there is any bullying going on , it is coming from your direction.

          • I always find it interesting when people throw the 'bully' word into a discussion, I think if you read my comments I do not raise the issue of bullying, so am not sure what you mean by 'if there is any bullying going on'. I would just like to say I am not the person moaning about people using what I don't own and blocking strangers who enjoy what I enjoy. Now you obviously see yourself as some sort of 'word police' as well. I want to share pins with all but you want to block people and feel offended if they Repin 'your' pins, plus you want to analyse my words and name call ? Sorry who is a bully ? I wish you well

          • Last night I was banned (for the first time) by someone because I must have pinned one to many of her fashion pins. Couldnt have been more then 4 ( I like to pin to my Fashionista board in a block of the same color). I just laughed to myself that somebody could be that petty. Regardless I can still see her boards and pin the same images from other sources by clicking on the pin and seeing the similar pins or also pinned to..... I actually have more pins and more followers then this person so I must be doing something right and I am not a bot!! If the image is out there on the web you can find the image. Frankly those who cant play well with others should just make all their boards secret. , I am flattered when someone pins a bunch of my pins.So have at my pins!!

          • Today, I was called 'scummy' by one baby boomer aged woman and accused of copying her art board. I was not copying. I happen to be studying art for educational purposes because I am interested in the subject. Apparently, there are people out there that think I am the devil. I am not, but they certainly act like him. How overly sensitive they are. It seems that there are multitudes of people out there just looking to pick a fight. I have also had this trouble on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe it's time for Great Brittany to exit social media and have peace in my life. I'm sure I wont be missed.

          • The entirety of this rant is ridiculous. First off, you have zero ownership. Again, zero. "Appropriation"? Try again. Second of all, create private boards or email the images/articles to yourself if you don't want them to be seen/shared. Otherwise, dont complain that people on Pinterest are acting exactly how people on Pinterest should act. Third, the point of social media, especially Pinterest, IS to share, regardless of the unhealthy attachments you share to the resources. When people do this to me, I feel flattered, because I'm obviously Pinning right. What a trivial "problem".

          • That's what I always believed. There is an old saying: 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'. But we live in a society where people only want to cut each other down, hurt each other and cause as much pain as they can muster. Maybe it's not even worth it.

  • NOT any more!!! Since Pinterest redesigned the board - there is now NO way that I know of to block anyone. There is NO little flag on the profile box of any pinner.

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