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Pinterest deleted Rand Paul's fake Hillary Clinton page for a terms of service violation

Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

Benghazing Valentine

A weird Pinterest page created by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to make fun of Hillary Clinton on Valentine's Day was deleted by Pinterest, the Washington Post's Caitlin Dewey reports.

The joke page featured furniture for a "White House Remodel," a doll version of Clinton's husband ("Looking at the Bae all day"), and more than one reference to Benghazi (the Valentine above, and this meme).

Paul's mistake wasn't making lame jokes — it was writing them in Hillary Clinton's voice, and initially pretending on Twitter that Clinton made the page. This made it fall afoul of a Pinterest policy preventing impersonation or misrepresentation, as a company spokesperson confirmed to Dewey.

Paul's gained some notoriety for his unusual approach to Twitter. He's picked a fight with fellow senator Marco Rubio on Cuba policy and aired his Festivus grievances. And you can learn more about Paul's top digital strategist, 26-year old Vincent Harris, in this Yahoo! News report.

But reportedly, this unusual digital emphasis comes straight from the top. "Paul frequently fires off emails to his staff with concepts for tweets and social media pushes, and sometimes offers specifics," Politico's Katie Glueck wrote recently.

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