Wedding planning giants Pinterest and The Knot Worldwide will stop promoting wedding ideas on former slave plantations,media CNET reported. The move comes after an advocacy group called on both companies and others to stop the full spread of former slave plantations in wedding venues, as well as appropriate discussions about weddings in places with a long history of slavery.
“Weddings should be a symbol of love and solidarity,” a Pinterest spokesman told CNET in an email. Plantations don’t mean anything. We are working to limit the distribution of this content and accounts on our platform and continue to accept their ads. “
The spokesman said Pinterest plans to restrict the content of plantation weddings and stop indexing plantation wedding content on Google’s search engine. Users can still search for these weddings, but they’ll see suggestions that might violate Pinterest’s policies.
The Knot Worldwide, which owns popular wedding planning sites Knot and WeddingWire, is working on a new guide that “prohibits any supplier on The Knot or WeddingWire from using language that romanticizes or glorifies a history of slavery,” knotKnot A Worldwide spokesman told CNET in an email. “We will remove any vendors from the site that do not meet the requirements. “
Buzzfeed reported news about Pinterest and The Knot Worldwide earlier Wednesday. In the U.S., the wedding industry generated $76 billion in revenue in 2019, according to IBIS World. According to Buzzfeed News, the money spent on the site accounts for a large portion of that revenue.