• Petitioning Mr.Chris Tolles

This petition will be delivered to:

CEO of Topix
Mr.Chris Tolles
Governor of Minnesota
Mark Dayton
CEO of Blekko
Mr.Richard Skrenta
CEO of Topix
Mr.Chris Tolles
Gannett Paper
USA Today (Gannet Paper)
Office of Washington NAACP
Washington NAACP
Office of Hollywood NAACP
Hollywood NAACP
Kentucky Attorney General's Office
Todd Leatherman
Kentucky Attorney General
Topix Complaints
Customer Service
News Max
TidalWave Pr
Jennefer Traeger
Programming/Production/Promotions Manager NBC 29
Terri Thelin
Technology Advertiser on Topix
Tinbu
Mayor of Circleville, Ohio (Topix Real Problem Here)
Don Mcllroy
Governor of Alabama
Gov.Robert Bentley
Governor of Arizona
Gov.Jan Brewer
Governor of Arkansas
Gov.Mike Beebe
Governor of California
Gov.Jerry Brown
McClatchy Media
McClatchy
Tribune Organization
Tribune
Attorney General
Department of Justice
Match.com Associate Manager
Mrs. Amy Canaday
Governor of Florida
Gov. Rick Scott
Tennessee Governor
Gov. Bill Haslam
Governor of Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder
Streetfightmag Editor
David Hirschman
TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Editor of Politix (Part of Topix Brand)
Mr.David Mark
Senior Editor at Topix
Mrs. Mary Noble
President of the United States
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Oklahoma-05
Gov. Mary Fallin

End or Reform Topix.com (

    1. Suzanne Chandler
    2. Petition by

      Suzanne Chandler

      Caruthersville, MO

There is a dangerous, at times criminal, cyberbullying/hate-filled website on the internet called Topix.com that has been allowed to fly under the radar for far too long. Topix, which falsely claims to be a news aggregator (when in fact many of their forums contain virtually no news whatsover), is out of control throughout the United States and other countries. Topix is making a profit off of the very serious issues of bullying, harassment, drug sales, racism, and sexual predators with no accountability.  Their lack of conscience is particularly alarming due to the growing number of suicides, cyberstalking victims, and people who have lost their reputations through the behavior of those who hide behind a keyboard.

The way Topix functions is every town and city are given their own Topix site. For example, you can google Van Buren, Missouri topix and then click on the section which says forums. Topix allows hidden posters, without required registration, to post anything they want. This means that in many areas, especially small towns, people are libeled  and defamed relentlessly and without moderation. The company claims they will remove abusive posts within 72 hours that are reported, but that rarely occurs. It should not be the responsibility of users to police the site when Topix are the ones making a profit. Topix has no desire to remove particularly popular posts, because they fear it will cost them website hits even if it destroys others. Topix has mocked freedom of speech. Libel, defamation and forums that promote incest and drug sales are not protected by the first amendment.  Many innocent people have been called anything from drug users to pedofiles, or are accused of other things. This can destroy a reputation and much of the hatred is targeted toward children with no conscience or morality displayed by Topix management. We encourage you to do a search and find your own town or city's site and you will be horrified by much of what you see. There are also other Topix forums not dedicated to communities such as the human sexuality and AFAM forums that promote racism, incest, and even rape! This is not what the framers of our Constitution meant by the first amendment.

Over 30 attorney generals two years ago sent a letter to the CEO of Topix, Mr.Chris Tolles, and he continues to make excuses. The company has even claimed that speech is more important than the victim. That is morally deplorable. In lieu of numerous complaints, Topix even changed their Terms of Service to become even more vague, making their site worse than ever.  People are being forced to move to different towns and there have been incidents of violence because of the Topix website. Please sign the petition and ask for the forums section to either be completely removed if the forums are not going to be better moderated with accountability for those who slander and libel other people's names. Remember it takes a lifetime to build your reputation but only seconds for someone or a cowardly company to destroy it.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 5,300!

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      How amazing is this. When we started this petition, we were hoping for 100 people to sign it. We are now at 5,300. Let's keep it going!

    2. Reached 5,300 signatures
    3. Progress Being Made

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Topix numbers are starting to decline because of a variety of reasons. We need to keep the heat up until Topix decides to put some common sense safety measures in place. We believe in the first amendment. We just don't believe in stalking, harassment, libel, defamation and vicious bullying.

    4. Reached 5,100 signatures
    5. 4,900 and the Demand Continues

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      After a recent rash of suicides due to internet bullying, the demand is stronger than ever to do something about websites like Topix and the poorly conceived Communications Decency Act Section 230. Keep the signatures coming we are now at 4,900!

    6. 4,800!

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      We have now hit the 4,800 mark in signatures. Topix has continued to do very little to stop the excessive amount of libel and bullying occurring on its site. We are not trying to stop the first amendment, we are trying to stop libel and other forms of speech that are not protected by the first amendment. Things such as user registration and more common sense moderation are what we are asking for and we feel we are being reasonable with that. Continue to sign ours and other petitions and encourage others to do so. Also make sure if someone is libeled you print it out and send it to your legislators, Washington D.C. and your attorney general.

    7. Adding New Targets To Demand Protection

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Once again, I am overwhelmed by the tremendous response we have gotten with over 4,500 signatures to date. We are headed toward 5,000 and then are planning to head to Washington over this important issue.

      We have recently been adding some new targets such as the NAACP to alert them of how dangerous Topix is. This is a cause being worked on by many and we will keep fighting!

    8. Reached 4,500 signatures
    9. 4,300 And Counting!

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, wow, wow! We are now at the 4,300 mark. As I have stated in the past, when I first started this petition I was told that petitions concerning websites normally get fewer than 100 signatures. As we have proven, there is an extreme amount of concern regarding Topix (Even more than I imagined) and we continue to get signatures from all over the United States. Recently we have gotten a ton of signatures from Virginia showing Topix is a growing problem there as well. In the past, our biggest numbers came from Kentucky, West Virginia, parts of New York, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and parts of Texas (though we have signatures from every state) Lately, we have seen a large increase from Mississippi and now Virginia. Topix is out of control. Keep up the good work as we are constantly adding targets to contact.

    10. Reached 4,300 signatures
    11. On the Way to 5,000

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      We have now surpassed 4,000 signatures and what I especially love is they are coming from all over the country. Once we hit 5,000 signatures, a group will be headed to Washington D.C. (plans are already being made) to demand that the Topix website and other libelous sites start accepting responsibility for allowing illegal activity to occur on their sites. We are not against the first amendment, we are against lies and defamation and things like drug sales. Topix refuses to police their site but don't mind make money off of hatred, so we feel that we must take action. If Topix makes real changes, then we will be happy to step aside but until then........

    12. Reached 4,000 signatures
    13. 3,900 And Counting!

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Once again, I am blown away. We have reached yet another milestone with our 3,900th signature. Let's set a new goal and try to reach 4,000.

    14. Reached 3,900 signatures
    15. Incredible Growth

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for the rapid amount of signatures we have recently seen. This past week, we learned that yet another tragedy has occurred. A girl in Morgantown, Kentucky committed suicide after being cyberbullying with the main culprit being Topix. We must continue to fight the good fight.

    16. Reached 3,550 signatures
    17. Wow!Wow! THANK YOU

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone, I am sorry to bother you but I wanted to give you an update on some things and to say thank you. We are now over 3,200 signatures! The people have clearly spoken that we are fed up. I think I speak for most of you that we believe in the first amendment and no one is trying to take speech away, but with speech comes responsibility something Topix doesn't seem to understand. If you say it, own up to it.

      Libel, defamation, etc are not protected by the Constitution and can be criminal offenses. Topix does little to nothing to help with the problem. They don't make users register with a valid email address and phone code, have very few moderators, don't archive their posts, and they continue to defend what is criminal behavior and unethical. We need to do more! Our petition is going out to several people, but we also need you to contact your Attorney Generals, speak to your legislators, contact their advertisers and ask for the media to get involved.

      Thank you!

    18. Decision-maker Kim King responds:

      Kim King

      Thank you for sharing your concern with me. I don't visit Topix (or as I call it Toxic) and I always urge everyone to avoid it as well. Take care, Rep. Kim King


    19. Decision-maker Kim King responds:

      Kim King

      Thank you for sharing your concern with me. I don't visit the Topix (or as I call it Toxic) site and I always urge everyone to stay off as well. Take care,


    20. Reached 3,100 signatures
    21. An Incredible Difference

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone, I am sorry to flood your email box, but I wanted to say thank you. To date, we have over 3,000 amazing signatures. There are coming from all over the place and I thank you. Topix continues to cause problems throughout our country and it is only going to get worse. We wanted you to know this petition is going to the President, US Senate, and depending on what state you live in some of your local legislators as well. We also are now also sending it to Topix and the Tribune and McClatchy company.

      We must send a clear message that none of us want to curb free speech. We simply want it to be recognized that libeling (posting lies on lie) ,defamation of character, allowing sex trafficking (which has made the news lately), allowing drug and weapon sales, allowing children and adults to be bullied, are not protected speech and they shouldn't be. Our major issue with Topix is that they don't do much of anything about the problem at all.

    22. Now Over 3,000 Signatures

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Absolutely amazing. More and more press is coming out about dangerous Topix and this petition continues to grow. When I started, I hoped for 100 concerned citizens signatures about the deadly site Topix and we now have thousands! They continue to ignore the cries of many, including from what I was told their own users demanding more moderation and every user signing up for an account before posting. Make sure you are contacting their advertisers telling them to stop advertising which such a bad company, contacting your legislators, filing police reports, and staying off of Topix. Each time you click on it makes them money!

    23. Reached 3,000 signatures
    24. ABC 20/20

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone's hard work, the ABC news magazine 20/20 will be airing a story about the dangers of Topix this Friday at 10:00 PM EST/9:00 PM CST. This will be a two part story. Please tune in on Friday, March 23rd, 2012.

    25. We Have No Choice But To Up The Signatures

      Suzanne Chandler
      Petition Organizer

      Wow, we have now gone past the 2,500 signature mark! Since it is obvious Topix still doesn't care abour protecting people, we must move forward. Recently a group of students in Ohio were brutally attacked and Topix made excuses once again and now they can't be reached for comment. If they would put some restrictions in place the site could be cleaned up, but that is not what they want. Actions speak louder than words.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Carl Frye COUSHATTA, LA
      • 19 days ago

      when will this petition stop topix for good.?

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    • Jeff Workman WELCH, WV
      • about 1 month ago

      They also have trolls for moderators.

      The Welch, WV. Forum is an excellent example of this.

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    • Cindy Jafary BECKLEY, WV
      • about 1 month ago

      Victim of topix

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    • gary wren GLEN, MS
      • 2 months ago

      cyber bulling, slander, defamation of character and no recourse to protect yourself legally from those that attack people on this site. Needs to have to register, no anonymous postings.

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    • Angie Bay's COLUMBUS, OH
      • 3 months ago

      After a very messy divorce, I am threatened on topix on a regular basis!

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