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The Facebook Declaration of Independence
  • Petitioning Mark E. Zuckerberg

This petition will be delivered to:

Facebook Chairman/CEO & 2010 Time Person of the Year
Mark E. Zuckerberg
Chief Operating Officer
Sheryl Sandberg
Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Governance Committee
Marc L. Andreesen
Chair of the Audit Committee
Erskine B. Bowles
Chair of the Compensation Committee
James B. Breyer
Lead Independent Director, Chair of the Governance Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee
Donald E. Graham
Member of the Governance Committee
Reed Hastings
Member of the Audit Committee
Peter A. Thiel

The Facebook Declaration of Independence

    1. Louis Leo IV
    2. Petition by

      Louis Leo IV

      Boca Raton, FL

I just signed the following petition addressed to:  Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook and 2010 Time Person of the Year and Facebook's Board of Directors.

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We the People of Facebook (hereinafter “We”, “Us” and “Our”) hereby declare & decree as follows:

Whereas Facebook is a self-proclaimed "social network" whose stated mission is “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”

Whereas Facebook severely and unjustly limits our ability to connect and share by, including but not limited to:

(a) continuously and arbitrarily removing our posts and other forms of speech without notice or an opportunity to be heard;

(b) charging us to share and connect with already established friends, family, subscribers and followers;

(c) capping friendships and blocking or banning users from being able to send friend requests;

(d) removing our pages without notice or an opportunity to be heard;

(e) blocking and banning us without notice or an opportunity to be heard;

Whereas Facebook states that we are free to share and connect with one another, when in reality we are far too limited, and many of us are prevented from having any power or choice in what we can share and who we can share and connect with;

Where as we are continually and systematically subjected to arbitrary, unjust and anti-social policies and speech suppression by Facebook while its corporate sponsors and highest bidders are rewarded with the power to connect and share without limitation;

Wherefore, We demand that Facebook:

(1) Eliminate its pay-to-share policy with respect to friends, family, subscribers and other Facebook users we choose to connect with, who have liked our pages or otherwise expressed their intent to receive our status updates and other important information we share;

(2) Eliminate arbitrary spam filters which hide, remove or otherwise suppress our messages or other posts which have not been shared indiscriminately;

(3) Provide us with notice and an opportunity to be heard before Facebook removes any of our posts or other speech through a fair and public appeal process;

(4) Provide us with notice and an opportunity to be heard before Facebook bans or blocks our ability to connect and share, including but not limited to blocking our ability to friend and message one another;

(5) Remove our friendship cap.

Unless and until the above-listed demands are met, We hereby pledge the following:

(i) We will not click any of Facebook's sponsored advertisements or suggested links.

(ii) We will not pay for any of Facebook's advertising services.

(iii) We will seek and make new homes on true social networks and encourage our friends, family and followers to join us on them.

Very Truly Yours,

The Undersigned Petitioners

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Drafted by Louis F. Leo IV, Esq.
Founder of People Over Politics / FB Declaration of Independence
louis@peopleoverpolitics.org

On Behalf of Facebook Users & Pages United Against Facebook Speech Suppression

Learn more about what Facebook is doing here: http://peopleoverpolitics.org/2014/04/20/the-anti-social-network

Are you a Facebook user, page owner or admin tired of not being able to share and connect with your friends, family and followers?

Join Facebook Users & Pages United Against Facebook Speech Suppression

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. End Facebook Speech Suppression!

      Louis Leo IV
      Petition Organizer

      Last week our petition reached 4,500 signatures... but we'll need much more to get Facebook's attention.

      Have you shared the Facebook Declaration of Independence with your friends yet?

      Here's an excellent overview of what Facebook is doing for reference: http://peopleoverpolitics.org/2014/04/20/the-anti-social-network/

      Thank you again for your support!

      P.S. Have you RSVP'd to the next global #MarchAgainstCorruption yet? Learn more + join the fight against the corrupting influence of money in politics & government here: http://RSVP.MarchAgainstCorruption.com

      The Anti-Social Network

      For us, it's no secret that Facebook has quietly become one of the biggest scams in modern history. It's been nearly two years since the 2012 elections when we saw our last post go somewhat viral. Soon afterward the entire month of October 2012 would disappear from our timeline.

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. The Anti-Social Network

      Louis Leo IV
      Petition Organizer

      For us, it’s no secret that Facebook has quietly become one of the biggest scams in modern history. It’s been nearly two years since the 2012 elections when we saw our last post go somewhat viral.

      Soon afterward the entire month of October 2012 would disappear from our timeline. I’m sure it had nothing to do with our attempts to expand the debate online…

      Learn more + take action: http://peopleoverpolitics.org/2014/04/20/the-anti-social-network/

      The Anti-Social Network?

      For us, it's no secret that Facebook has quietly become one of the biggest scams in modern history. It's been nearly two years since the 2012 elections when we saw our last post go somewhat viral. Soon afterward the entire month of October 2012 would disappear from our timeline.

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Our New Facebook Page

      Louis Leo IV
      Petition Organizer

      Like & Share Like You Care!

      http://www.facebook.com/EndCensorship

      FB Declaration of Independence

      FB Declaration of Independence. 214 likes · 0 talking about this.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Facebook Speech Suppression Continuing @ Alarming Rate; Join the Fight!

      Louis Leo IV
      Petition Organizer

      If you haven't joined the Facebook Users & Pages United Against Facebook Speech Suppression, click here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/EndCensorship/

      Spread the word!

      Share the Facebook Declaration of Independence like you care about your Freedom of Speech!

    9. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dana Cohen NEW YORK, NY
      • about 19 hours ago

      I NEED TO BE FREE

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    • ariel shindledecker LONG BEACH, CA
      • about 23 hours ago

      Freedom of expression is the peoples right and knowledge will not be suppressed!

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    • Kelly depaola WEST MILFORD, NJ
      • about 23 hours ago

      im signing because I think our privacy is important.

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    • dana burnfin KISSIMMEE, FL
      • about 23 hours ago

      It's the right thing to do

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    • Christian Welde STAVANGER, ROGALAND, KINGDOM OF NORWAY, NORWAY
      • 9 days ago

      Freedom of speech!

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