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Petitioning Kevin Systrom, Mark Zuckerberg

Demand Instagram Change Its Rules Against Animal Cruelty

We are requesting Instagram take stronger action against animal cruelty. Too many posts depicting animal violence have been uploaded with no retribution. When a report is made, Instagram, time and time again, have said the post is within its regulations. It is inexplicable why images of abused and murdered animals are deemed appropriate when selfies of people with exotic animals are not. We ask that Instagram: 1) Prevent the uploading of images glorifying the abuse, torture, and murder of animals as well as images promoting the hunting of animals for recreation by users who are not utilizing such images for activism or educational purposes. (If the posts are for the appropriate causes, images depicting farm conditions, cross cultural events/incidents, and reposted images meant to spread awareness and catch offenders must not be banned.) 2*) Add an “Animal Abuse” option under “Report.” 3) A team of REAL people able to discern the in/appropriateness of reported images who will follow the aforementioned guidelines faithfully so as the removal of activist content/profiles will not transpire. 4) The reporting of suspected animal abuse to animal welfare organizations. 5) Assist animal welfare organizations in the investigation of animal cruelty.  We are standing up for those who do not have a voice, and we are asking you to do the same.  Special thanks to Simonne, Ashley, Katie Robertson*, & Kahtia 

Ann Y.
246,357 supporters
Petitioning Mark Zuckerburg

Hold Facebook to account #TalkToUsMark

In the last few days it has been uncovered that the personal data of 50 million ordinary people on Facebook was used to sway the US elections in 2016. Cambridge Analytica’s use of this data without permission or knowledge has dominated the headlines. I’m a big fan of Facebook, I use it everyday to share information and connect with friends and family near and far. My closest friends even poke fun at me for ‘completing the Facebook game’, having maxed out the number of connections allowed! I do not doubt the huge value Facebook has given the world. That’s why I’m so worried - we ARE Facebook. And I’m not alone: The hashtag #deletefacebook has even trended on Twitter! Authorities in the United States and Europe have called for Mark Zuckerberg to face them; Cambridge Analytica’s CEO has been suspended; Facebook investors have sued the company, and; the platform has lost US$60bn in market value so far. Governments and the market has responded. How should we, as citizens, respond? As an avid user, my main question is: Can I still trust Facebook to protect my data? And as a citizen, my main question is: how has this data sharing impacted elections around the world? Therefore, this petition calls for two simple things: We call for Mark Zuckerberg to testify to the UK Parliament and US Congress to answer these urgent questions, and; We call for Facebook to investigate and list publicly any other violations of our data by other third parties. We want to give Mark Zuckerberg an opportunity to calm our nerves, and act upon Facebook’s community values of being open, inclusive, transparent, and trustworthy. The ball is now in his court. I hope you join me in signing the petition. Kind regards, Alvin CarpioCEO, The Fourth Group

Alvin Carpio
177,502 supporters
Petitioning Mark Zuckerberg

Tell Facebook: Our Data is our Property #OwnYourData

Mark Zuckerberg, change Facebook's rules and give us back control over our data, our digital assets, our property. #OwnYourDataMark Zuckerberg's social network Facebook, along with other digital platforms and big data aggregators, make billions out of us and our data - and they can not even keep it safe. They collect information about who we are, our friendships and how we view the world. They find out what we buy, what we do online, how we live our lives offline. Then they use our own data to sell to us - from pharmaceuticals to political campaigns. We're just now realizing the bad news: we're the product they're selling. Our data has been exposed without our real consent. Are these companies ripping us all off? If so, does this have to continue this way? I believe that if we act together, we can change the business model to the benefit of people globally. Sign up and share the #OwnYourData petition now, and let's take back our rights. I know about this topic intimately because I used to work for Cambridge Analytica - the data company which works on elections and commercial advertising campaigns. Now I'm blowing the whistle on the whole industry. The problem starts with the Silicon Valley tech platforms, which track our every movement and make us easy to target. It's time for us to own our own data. This is a human right. We should be able to decide freely how our data is used (and how it is not); stop anyone using using it to try and manipulate us; take it with us if we leave the platform; And to get paid for the value our data generates. To decentralize power and drive accountability, we're demanding that Facebook update its terms of service, and grant all its users these simple and fundamental data and property rights immediately. Facebook is already in crisis. Their stock price has fallen by almost $100 billion. Let's step up the pressure and make this happen while we have the momentum. The future is ours. I am the future, are you? Sign up now and share widely.

Brittany Kaiser
154,882 supporters
Petitioning Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook to Implement a Stalking Diversion Policy

If we go back a couple decades, I am sure many of us associated bullying to children’s school behaviour, as they tried to find their place in the world, but with the changing social landscape, and with social media, it has enabled grownups to join in. Stalking was normally associated to problematic personal relationships, need not have any pre-existing relationships for stalking to occur these days. I am a great believer in things happen for a reason. An insignificant but noticeable Facebook occurrence arose, and I thought, ok, it’s time to share my thoughts on the bullying and stalking epidemic in greater light. Perhaps it will nip some issues in the bud for others. I recently closed my personal Facebook account and opened a new one with zero friends for the sole purpose to manage my business pages. I didn't look at anyone's profile, or search for anyone. The basis of my decision was, I would rather speak and communicate with people I know, opposed to looking at a profile to see how they are travelling. That's just me. We all have people in our past that we had to interact with. Most of the time they are pleasant and sometimes not. Someone (well, a group) from my past bullied me in the workplace, I won’t go into detail. The head bully choose to be one, for reasons only that person knows within. I understand everyone has their issues, and I am very tolerant of that. I am super patient. Some people want to evolve and discover their purpose in life, and some don't. Their choice and I accept it. The experience gave me an understanding of the world of a bully and more importantly, how I can help others that are being bullied. So, I see it as a positive experience for me, as what better way to teach than via direct experience, and about how I regained my strength 1000 fold. We are not given anything we cannot overcome and learn from. The bully(s) was my teacher. So back to Facebook... new account, no search history. So no suggested friends from my perspective, right? The only explanation I can conclude, is that Facebook algorithms came into play, based on who is visiting my new profile and my pages, remember I have no Facebook friends so no leverage on who I might know. So guess who is the number one person, almost every day on my suggested friend list? The head bully from my past.   I have not thought about this person in a long time, nor interacted with them for the same period of time. But here they are for the past week or two, on my computer screen as a suggested friend. There would have had to be a great deal of profile and page views to garner this response to the algorithms. We had very little if not zero things in common, and all I have to say about them is, may God bless them and maybe it is time for them to move on. Actually, it is overdue. The other thing it has highlighted to me that bullying will nine times out of ten, be supplemented by some form of stalking behaviour, especially on social media. That is what I would like to address. What can we do? Bullying can often progress to stalking when you have left that environment. I would love to see Facebook implement a Stalking Diversion Policy that goes along the lines of if someone who is not a Facebook friend or doesn’t like/follow your page(s), (especially for people who publicly share their work), who views your profile or page: -five times in a 24 hour period, that a notification is sent to the profile/page owner, -five times in a week, that a notification is sent to the profile/page owner, -five times in a month, that a notification is sent to the profile/page owner.  Then you can decide to send a message, a friend request or block them. LinkedIn has a similar feature to see who is viewing your profile. I see stalking as repetitive peeks into your home or place of business through a window (your profile or page), in hope that they can see what is happening inside, and in hope that no-one will see them. Implementing a Stalking Diversion Policy on Facebook would make all users accountable and responsible for their actions by introducing transparency, for repeat actions, on the premise there should be nothing to hide if they are not stalking. It also poses the question as to why would they not friend request you or why are they not liking/following your page? If a viewer does not want to be seen, you really have to ask what the motivation is. I believe this would be a great tool for parents as well. Any parent and their children, would want to make sure they have the ability to identify who is repeatedly looking into their child’s window (profile). In addition, Pages don't allow you to block any user, nor does it show all shares of your page and posts. So I would like to see Facebook introduce these functions to Pages. Some cyber stalkers don’t think they are stalking because if it is accessible, then they believe they have a right. And, yes a Stalking Diversion Policy will implicate those who look at other people’s profiles often, without a pre-established connection. It is in hope that it will divert stalking behaviours that are prevalent on Facebook, and place accountability on the users for their actions. Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world with 2 billion active monthly users. I do not know what the appetite for it is, so I have created a change petition to gauge it, so please sign it if you agree. Thanks

Kaye Iliopoulos
139,472 supporters
Petitioning Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Must Inform Users How They Were Exposed to Russian Propaganda

Facebook enabled Russian interference in the United States election in 2016, but refuses to provide a full account to the public. In fact, it has recently removed data that allowed independent researchers to understand the nature and scale of the problem. American citizens that use Facebook deserve to know how they were exposed to Russian disinformation and propaganda. Facebook should provide this data to users in an application that makes it easy to understand.  Users should be able to see how content and advertising messages from identified Russian sources appeared in their timeline, whether they interacted with such media, and basic metrics that quantify their exposure.  

March for Truth
92,059 supporters
Petitioning Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, David Wehner, Mike Schroepfer

Fixing Facebook's Spam, Stolen Content and Privacy Concerns

Facebook is one of the biggest online companies today and they are not trying hard enough to make their online company safe and enjoyable for its users. Some of the biggest and most easily fixed problems on Facebook are frequent spam, stolen content and privacy concerns. Facebook and the offenders using it keep getting get away with these things all because it makes them more money due to ad revenue. Spam, something Facebook is full of is seen everywhere on people’s feeds you will see posts like “Like and Share = 1 prayer for this poor child”, things like this are just trying to trick users into giving it free promotion. Things like this should be filtered out, removed and have penalty’s to stop culprits from doing it again. Stolen content. Some of the top pages on Facebook steal videos and content from other websites like YouTube. Videos uploaded on YouTube go through a Content ID Check, this is where the video is automatically searched for any copyright content. On Facebook, this isn't the same, videos are uploaded and go through no check. If the user puts ads on the video both the user and Facebook make money. Facebook rarely takes down stolen content and even when they do, the user keeps the ad revenue and so does Facebook. The user is also let off lightly and most likely just does it again. But there is a more serious concern that Facebook needs to attend to. Privacy, something we all want to have. Facebook is watching you, and what you do, they watch your searches, use your personal information and some people have had suspicions about their microphone audio being recorded without permission. These are all things that benefit Facebook by helping them serve different ads based on what you talk about and look at, all this information is saved by Facebook. I think that Facebook forgets that we are people and not just money making machines, we need to know what data is being stored about us and we need the option to stop it being recorded as well as knowing what our data is used for. You can have a look at original content creators below for more information: How Facebook is Stealing Billions of Views (Video) Why Facebook is garbage (Video) Facebook/Insta apps are listening to my conversations (Text) Your Phone Is Listening—Literally Listening—to Your TV (Text) Facebook in general needs to listen to its users more, but there are some big changes that need to happen first, mainly the security and copyright concerns. Read the letter below to see exactly what we are asking Facebook to change/fix and if you want to support this petition then be sure to sign it! The only way to gain more signatures is for you to help spread the petition! There are two links you can use to share the petition, the short link and the long link: (Short) - (Long) Please try to use the longer link where possible, you should only use the short link if you have a character limit or if the recipient needs to manually type in the link. Thank you, and remember to sign yourself!

Jedd Dryden
83,877 supporters
Petitioning Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

Ask Facebook to ban wildlife trade/Pide a Facebook prohibir el trafico de vida silvestre

El trafico de vida silvestres, junto a la perdida del habitat, es una de las principales causas de la extincion y afecta especialmente a las especies amenazadas. Esta actividad se encuentra entre la industrias ilegales mas lucrativas del mundo junto al trafico de drogas y la venta de armas. Aunque varios estudios indican que el el internet facilita el trafico de vida silvestre poco se ha hecho al respecto. Los traficantes aprovechan esta plataforma para tener acceso a un amplio mercado y para establecer nuevos vinculos. Recientemente, tuve la oportunidad de denunciar ante los administradores de Facebook una publicacion en su pagina relacionada con la venta de una especie silvestre amenazada en mi pais, Venezuela. Sin embargo, respondieron que no podian hacer nada, porque en sus terminos de uso Facebook no prohibe esta actividad. Por favor, ayuda a impedir el trafico ilegal de especies por Facebook. No te pido mucho, solamente firma mi peticion para que no volvamos a ver que se ofrezca una especie silvestre a la venta en esta pagina. Ellos, aunque no tienen voz, te lo agradeceran ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Wildlife trafficking, along with habitat loss, is one of the most important causes of extintion and it effects are specially noticeable on endangered species. This activity is among the illegal industries with highest profits worldwide. Altough several studies point out that internet offers help to wildlife-traffickers almost no effort has been made on that matter. Traffickers use this platform to access a big market and make new conections. Recently I reported to Faceebook a post related to a endangered wildlife species in my country, Venezuela. They answer me that nothing could be done, since Facebook´s Terms of Use don´t forbid that. Please, help me stop wildlife traffick on Facebook. I don´t ask for much, just sign my petition so this don´t hapen again. They´ll thank you, altough they don´t have a voice!

Alejandro Gallardo
83,240 supporters
Petitioning Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Return "It's okay to be a Introvert" Facebook page to it's rightful owner!

On Tuesday the owner (Shireen Boone) of Its okay to be an Introvert had her account hacked and had her public page stolen by one Derek D Adam.  This page has been a four year labour of love, with no money made by admins. It had over 1/2 million followers. It was a safe space, an introvert haven for many. It was exactly what Mark Zuckerberg wanted from Facebook. A place where people could support and connect. It was ripped from her, dismantled, and changed into a hell of clickbait rubbish. This man even knew she has disabled children-pretended sympathy-and still ripped it from her.  This is not just a page. It is a TRUE community of love and acceptance, where kindness and care reigned and hatred and trolling outlawed.  Please help us get back this wonderful community! Introverts Unite! 

Shireen Boone
74,778 supporters
Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,605 supporters