6 Reasons Why Your Pinterest Pins Might be Deleted

Reasons why a Pinterest pin might be deleted

Would you be annoyed if Pinterest started deleting your pins?

Pinterest do sometimes delete pins. But if they delete yours, you’re probably not following Pinterest’s rules.

One way Pinterest may delete a pin is if that pin gets reported by other users. Pinterest provide an easy way to report a pin. When you do so, you can choose from 6 different reasons for the report:

  1. Nudity or pornography
  2. Attacking a group or individual
  3. Graphic violence
  4. Hateful speech or symbols
  5. Spam
  6. Other

If one of your pins has been deleted, it’s likely that someone objected to it for one of these reasons.



  1. Hi. I have had several repins as well as at least one original pin (of my fully clothed family sitting on our steps) deleted. Suddenly half of one of my boards was gone. My best friend had the same problem with her recipe board. Obviously the reasons you list do not apply. Any other reasons?

  2. Jennifer J. Von Essen says:

    Pinterest seems to have alot of pins that are professionally made. There ,are not alot where aunt suzy from OHIO knitted u a sweater that you wanted to show off on your board. If you are under 130lbs and young and walking in some exotic place you pin may stay, but lord, help you if you are over 200 and not pleasant to the eye, the only way you stay is if it is a joke about you. I feel Pinterest should have real pictures of real people and things.

  3. Hi, I agree with Alison. I went to look at my humor board, and more than half my board was gone! I got no notification or anything, and none of them have nudity, spam, or anything else like that! It even is happening on my other boards, pins that were there before are gone, and I’ve not deleted them, nor have I gotten notifications! It’s becoming extremely frustrating At this point, going back to look at my pins, and almost all of them are gone.

    • I have the exact same problem. Mine started when I renamed my boards, not thinking this would cause an issue. Now, all of my pins are gone and I had to start over! If anyone can figure out why, please let me know.. It would be awesome if they were “hiding” somewhere and I could get them back!

  4. I was so upset to find that over have my pins were gone, no notice, nothing! Any advice on what might be happening or how to get them back?

  5. I am trying to add new pinners to my board and after doing so successfully for 3 boards am getting the message “slow down there” and then no luck pinning anyone! Is anyone there experiencing the same?
    I’m not getting an answer from the Pinterest people although I’ve emailed twice.
    Thanks, O.

    • @ O. : I have the same problem for a few weeks now. I can add 2 or 3 pinners every day and then the “slow down there” error pops up again. Frustrating and no reply from Pinterest so far.

  6. These rules are so stupid… I have 170 boards and more than half of them have disappeared. I have no idea why.. Pinterest never got back to me about it. I can get them all up on my phone but not my computer… So stupid…..

  7. How do you get your boards back up and showing once they have disappeared????

  8. Hi,
    My entire board of women in stockings got deleted! Why use Pinterest at all? I just don’t get it!

  9. I love Pinterest. But lately I have been coming across more porn. It’s disturbing because there are many teenagers on this site. I came across a pinner today who clearly states she is owned by her master. What a find most disturbing is her pins show young girls being chocked with plastic bags around their faces! I was horrified and I reported it but I really don’t think Pinterest will do much about it because this pinner said this is her 2nd time because her account has been deleted before!! I know someone who lost their daughter from a choking game. I feel people should be ashamed!

  10. Got a notification from Pinterest that my browser needed to be updated. Did that and my entire account was wiped out. Why? How do I get it back? Can I get it back?

  11. I just accidently deleted my casserole board from pinterest. Is there any way I can get it back?

  12. OMG
    Ever since I was turn onto Pinterest – which I loved – I’ve set up and lost two boards. The first was really built up and to my surprise had followers. A lot of time and effort. ITS VERY FRUSTRATING. After I stayed away for some time, I gave it another try. IT HAPPENED AGAIN! That is unexceptional and not cool. p.s. no notice at all

  13. I just received notice that my account is suspended. Nothing on my profile is against the Pinterest rules. I’m so confused!

  14. Soo many pins have been deleated….no notice no explanation. What is the point of having this if you can’t save them.
    What does “other” mean? Someone just felt like it?

  15. Mary Deets says:

    I recently got a new iPad and had to reset my password to get the app on it and now I’ve lost almost all of my pins..I had tons of recipes. ..what happened?

  16. I think I have received a few e-mails saying it’s not you it’s them. That’s why we are deleting your pin. I have seen some pins that have been obscene and they are still up. I don’t even know which of mines are being deleted because they didn’t show me which one it was. I am trying to figure it out so that I never pin one like it again. I am getting more and more frustrated and I’m offended. At least show me the pin!!!!!!!!

  17. Really tired of pinning recipes and essential oil information, only to have deleted by the Pinterest Police! UGH!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, isn’t Pinterest a place we can “file” all the wonderful Pins we see so we too can use them at a later date! I have had at least 6 pins deleted in the last couple of weeks. really sick of it!!!!!!!!!

  18. All my boards are gone. It is like I never created a board ever. Help!

  19. Pinterest deletes my food board entries

  20. One of my entire boards disappeared. I made another one. Why would a foodie list be deleted? I should have been warned so I could have copied it. Over a years worth of recipes I will never get back. Please help me understand. Thank you.

  21. Sheree' Brown says:

    Now that they’re allowing folks to sell on Pinterest.. It’s no longer an interest board sight.. .It’s becoming Etsy or ebay… They should just change they’re name to sellintrest. It would be more honest. I have no idea who has whatever for sell, nor do I care. I will be looking for other places to store creative ideas soon if this keeps up.
    Just saying

  22. Same happened to me! I just lost ALL my pins which I loved dearly. ALL my recipes, steam punk ideas & vegetable garden tips+++ just gone! I feel I’ve been robbed. Surely they should have backups of the data? No notice received either.

  23. Have any pins been recovered? All mine r gone.

  24. Joseph Barber says:

    If it’s on the app, we should b able to pin whatever, so we can go to our pins and enjoy them later, but that’s impossible so pintrest is no longer an intrest, they deleted my entire account, why who knows, I had over 400 followers and all sorts of great pins for ideas, and now nothing, go screw yourself pintrest

  25. Joseph Barber says:

    The rules are awful, “pin, share, save ideas” only to have them deleted. My whole account was deleted, I had over 400 followers, so many pins, likes, conversations, which took a lot of time, way to be great app and delete everything for me. We should b able to pin whatever, but since they let you pin only to delete it later, this app is forever useless. It’s like “Hey let me show you this cool pin, oh..wait they deleted everything in my life”. Eat shit pintrest

  26. I just got a notification that a pin from one of my private boards had been removed because it violated the “Sexually explicit or pornographic content” policy. Since I wasn’t aware I had any pins like that, I was very curious to see what it was. When I clicked the link that Pinterest sent me of the “offensive pin”, it was a photo of the Redwoods, titled “The World’s Most Majestic Trees”!!!

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