Because we allow anyone to use our platform, everyone will find petitions on our platform with which they strongly disagree. While this can be uncomfortable at times, we see our openness as a sign of strength and a core part of building a world where creating change is a part of everyday life.
Frequently asked questions
Does Change.org endorse any of the campaigns on the site?
No, Change.org does not endorse the petitions launched on our site. We are an online platform for petitions, not an advocacy organization.
Does being an open platform mean Change.org doesn’t remove any petitions from the site?
As an open platform we house an extremely wide range of views, including perspectives that some may strongly disagree with or find offensive. Change.org is a platform for open and robust debate, so we avoid censoring content on the site.
However, like other prominent online platforms, we do remove certain content which clearly violates our our Community Guidelines including hate speech and the incitement of violence.
Has Change.org always been an open platform?
Change.org is a technology startup and, like most startups, we have evolved significantly since our early days. Change.org was started in 2007 and for our first few years, we experimented with online social fundraising, blogging and group volunteerism in an effort to empower people to create change. We always had an open petition platform as one of many features, and in 2010 Change.org was rebuilt around the petition tool. We have been deepening our commitment to empower people everywhere to create change ever since.