Pinterest, The Knot to stop promoting plantation weddings

The wedding of actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively would be censored from the platform under the new rules

The wedding of actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively would be censored from the platform under the new rules

The Knot Worldwide, which owns The Knot and Wedding Wire, and Pinterest have agreed to stop promoting former slave plantations as romantic wedding sites and/or to alter the romanticized language that these venues are allowed to use on their web sites to try and attract couples, according toBuzzFeed.

Plantations will still be allowed on the Knot and WeddingWire, but vendors can not refer to them as "elegant" or "charming" because people were once forced into labor, banned from literacy, and beaten to name a few of the horrors that regularly occurred on such properties.

"There are dozens of vendors on your site who sell plantations as quaint, dreamy venues to get married", the letter said.

According to Buzzfeed News, Pinterest and The Knot Worldwide - the latter including both The Knot and WeddingWire - have each chose to change after the civil rights organization Color Of Change has put pressure on the websites to prevent them.to speak. The organization also sent a letter to Martha Stewart Weddings, which reached back to the group to start a conversation about the issue.

Jade Magnus Ogunnaike, Color of Change senior campaign director, tells PEOPLE that the conversation surrounding plantation weddings has been a "cyclical" one, but that the organization saw an opening in the fall as more and more people began discussing the issues with it on social media. "They are places that were intentionally created to force black people to work, torture them and sexual abuse them".

Many people, including celebrities, have tied the knot at "plantation" venues popular in the South. The company also will limit autocomplete and search recommendations for plantations searches. A company spokesperson told BuzzFeed that it is working with Google to de-index searches for plantation weddings.

"Weddings must be a symbol of love and unity". Plantations represent none of those things.

On Wednesday afternoon, a representative from Martha Stewart Weddings told The Times, "We will give this careful thought and attention" and thanked "Color of Change for bringing this valid concern to us".

Known for the association with the notorious history of slavery and racial discrimination, plantation weddings are often frowned upon by several civil rights advocacy groups. If not, they'll be removed from the sites.

Zola, another wedding planning site, said it would no longer allow former plantations to list on its site altogether.

On Thursday, however, Zola said it had "re-evaluated all our venues listed on Zola and determined we will not allow vendors to list who are plantations". Pinterest will not allow plantation weddings to be promoted through their advertisement service either.

"This is really sensitive and painful issue and we want to be doing the right thing by our couples, our employees and anyone who has any interaction with Zola in any way", Ma said.

A spokesperson for Pinterest did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.

"We are very happy about how receptive the companies they have been".

The wedding of actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively would be censored from the platform under the new rules.

The site, which remains a working farm, includes nine of the original slave cabins that were built during the antebellum period.

Arisa Hatch, VP of Color of Change, says the organization is trying to uncover, "all the different ways that the wedding industry is disrespecting black folks by romanticizing ... forced labor camps that brutalized millions of slaves".

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