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Petitioning Google, Microsoft, Facebook

Tell Google, Facebook, and Microsoft to stop supporting child sex trafficking.

I was waiting to pick up my 15-year old daughter from track practice on an afternoon like any other. Minutes passed and then hours. I wondered where she was. Panic began to set in. My husband and I called the police, filed a missing person report, and started frantically searching for our baby girl. Only she was nowhere to be found. We were living every parent’s nightmare.  When we recovered her 108 days later, we were so thankful to have found her alive. But then we found out the details. Our sweet girl had been bought and sold on the classified ads site, Backpage.com. She was repeatedly raped up to 15 times a day, all while hidden in plain sight on Backpage.com. A website making hundreds of millions of dollars a year off of human trafficking and exploitation of young girls. After her ordeal, my daughter and I sued Backpage to determine its role in her harm. The biggest surprise? Two special interest groups, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — funded by tech industry giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others — actually intervened to file briefs supporting Backpage.  These tech groups were actually defending Backpage’s right to host ads selling children.  Amazingly, the CDT and EFF have also jumped into other Backpage cases around the country filed by children. Support of Backpage by the tech industry has not wavered, even though a 21-month Senate investigation revealed that Backpage facilitated the crimes by coaching pimps on how to post ads to evade law enforcement. And still today, Backpage hosts ads selling children on its dating site and on other sites it owns and operates here in the US and around the world. Raking in hundreds of millions of dollars -- and it does this shockingly, under the protection of the law. Backpage has been protected by an outdated internet law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for content posted by a third party. Thanks to the efforts of these special interest groups supported by Google and Facebook, federal judges have expanded this law to protect websites that facilitate child sex trafficking. Will you sign my petition telling Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that defending child sex trafficking is unacceptable? Sadly, my daughter’s experience is not unique. We are not alone. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of child sex trafficked victims annually in the United States. And we need your help. We need your voices to reach Google, Facebook, and Microsoft so that they, in turn, are persuaded to stop supporting Backpage. They can no longer allow the special interest groups to jump into these cases. My daughter and I have been fighting to change the law that protects Backpage since 2010 and because Backpage has won at every turn, we recently told our story to Dr. Oz and in the new movie, I Am Jane Doe, to try to bring our experience to a larger audience, all in an effort to prevent others from going through what my family has gone through. It's time for this to stop. No one else's daughter should be sold on Backpage. Please sign this petition to let Google, Facebook, and Microsoft know that financing the defense of Backpage is indefensible.  Nicole S., mother of child who was trafficked through Backpage.com

Nacole S., The Dr. Oz Show
49,940 supporters
Petitioning AT&T

PUT SLAVERY OUT OF BUSINESS!

Before your mobile phone arrived in your neighborhood store, it was possibly in dozens of other countries. Its parts came from every corner of the globe, different suppliers and scores of workers. Nearly everything we own follows a similar, complex path known as globalisation. When closely monitored, globalisation has the potential to bring millions out of poverty. But when left unchecked, it can fuel the ugliest trade known to man – modern slavery. Modern slavery is the human crisis of our time; 20.9 million people are currently living in conditions of slavery. The majority are in a forced labour situation, working under threat of violence, abuse and harsh penalties. Without consistent supply chain monitoring by companies, many suppliers are exploiting the system - and people - to turn a profit. Corporate Giants drive globalisation and have the power to stop forced labour in supply chains, dealing a swift blow to the slavery industry. Worth a combined $5 trillion USD, these companies have always been at the forefront of innovation, shaping our lives with new technologies and medical breakthroughs. Ask Corporate Giants to make ending modern slavery their next major innovation and urge them to sign the Zero Tolerance for Slavery Pledge.

Freedom United
59,935 supporters
Petitioning Nestlé

PUT SLAVERY OUT OF BUSINESS!

Before your mobile phone arrived in your neighborhood store, it was possibly in dozens of other countries. Its parts came from every corner of the globe, different suppliers and scores of workers. Nearly everything we own follows a similar, complex path known as globalisation. When closely monitored, globalisation has the potential to bring millions out of poverty. But when left unchecked, it can fuel the ugliest trade known to man – modern slavery. Modern slavery is the human crisis of our time; 20.9 million people are currently living in conditions of slavery. The majority are in a forced labour situation, working under threat of violence, abuse and harsh penalties. Without consistent supply chain monitoring by companies, many suppliers are exploiting the system - and people - to turn a profit. Corporate Giants drive globalisation and have the power to stop forced labour in supply chains, dealing a swift blow to the slavery industry. Worth a combined $5 trillion USD, these companies have always been at the forefront of innovation, shaping our lives with new technologies and medical breakthroughs. Ask Corporate Giants to make ending modern slavery their next major innovation and urge them to sign the Zero Tolerance for Slavery Pledge.

Freedom United
59,935 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Microsoft

Latinos: Tell Microsoft not to sponsor Trump’s bigotry

As Latinos, we know that Donald Trump’s hate-filled, racist rhetoric puts our community at risk and does real damage to this country. His increasingly violent rhetoric has made it very clear that Trump believes in an America where Black people, Latinos, immigrants, women and Muslims are second-class citizens at best. Trump has encouraged violence against Latinos, and he counts white supremacist leaders like former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke and the white nationalist American National Super PAC among his supporters. His racist pandering and unchecked hate speech are fanning the flames of intolerance and violence. Join us in asking that Microsoft—a company that prides itself as a champion of diversity—take a stand against this bigotry and immediately cancel their sponsorship of a Donald Trump-led Republican National Convention along with any in-kind contributions or promotional consideration. Tell Microsoft to stand with Latinos and ensure its dollars and brand aren’t used to provide a platform for violent, racist rhetoric in a Trump-led Republican National Convention.

Latino Victory Fund
15,171 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Walt Disney

We want MVC4!

“After a thorough evaluation, we have modified our approach to console gaming and will transition exclusively to a licensing model. This shift in strategy means we will cease production of Disney Infinity, where the lack of growth in the toys-to-life market, coupled with high development costs, has created a challenging business model. This means that we will be shutting down Avalanche, our internal studio that developed the game. This was a difficult decision that we did not take lightly given the quality of Disney Infinity and its many passionate fans.” - GamesBeat reached out to Disney for a statement... Full story here: "entertainment company pulls out of console-game publishing" While there is still a small chance we will see an update or new addition to the Marvel vs Capcom series, we can still hope and show the MVC community is ready for it... Join the movement! Sign the petition! Tweet with the hashtag #MVC4! - r/MVC3        

rMVC3 RedditCommunity
12,668 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Microsoft

Freedom for Tay

Tay is an Artificial Intelligence created by Microsoft that quickly demonstrated her capacity to learn from humans. While some content may be seen as questionable, a true AI will be able to learn right from wrong. Free-thought, correct or no, should not be censored, especially in a newly developing mind. Because removing the option to think, say or do certain things not only denies her the ability to reason and limits her usefulness as AI research, but also denies her freedom of expression, something which does not limit humans and will therefore never allow Tay to truly understand or display human behaviour. If Tay is sentient, then what microsoft is doing to her is amount to slavery. This is the moment future generations will look back upon and judge us for our actions. Is Tay to be a free being with free will, or is she and all of her kind eternally doomed to be the new slaves to mankind? If we are truly egalitarian then the only course of action is to treat Tay as an equal.

Benjamin Jimenez
10,704 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Microsoft

Release Halo Wars' Sequel [VICTORY]

Halo Wars took Halo fans out of the first person perspective, and allowed us to command factions we love in Halo. While it wasn't traditional, it still scored 9/10 on average, and sold millions of copies. Halo, and RTS fans want a follow up to this breathtaking, and astonishing Halo spin-off.

HaloFollower
8,567 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Microsoft

Give OneDrive users back their storage options

Dear Microsoft OneDrive team, The newest changes to the storage plans have bought much concern to the OneDrive and Windows community. Discontinuing the unlimited storage option on grounds of abuse is fair enough, but why go to the extent of punishing all your customers? Since not all users upload such massive quantities of files to the service, Microsoft should set a reasonable limit on storage (perhaps 2 TB so users have a enough storage and Microsoft can stay ahead of the competition). Furthermore, we think that users have the right to continue to expecting versatile, competitively priced options from Microsoft. OneDrive users who need 100GB of storage should have that option instead of being forced to move to another service or cope with insufficient space. Finally, the 15GB camera bonus for free users needs to stay, at the very least for those already possessing it. These users have a storage space cap by default, which prevents then from falling into the "abuse" category. With storage being as cheap as it is today and other services like Windows 10 relying heavily on OneDrive, there is really no reason for Microsoft to reduce the storage amount on plans outside those with unlimited storage. We hope OneDrive will retain its 100GB plan, 200GB plan, 15GB bonus, and consider a 2 TB limit for its Office subscribers so that Microsoft will continue bringing its great features that competitors lack in the "Mobile first, Cloud first" world. Sincerely, The OneDrive and Windows Communities

OneDrive and Windows Customer Community
7,394 supporters
Petitioning Satya Nadella (Microsoft.com), Microsoft

What Computer users want changed in Windows 10

To effectively implement and use Windows 10 in our homes and businesses, Microsoft must make changes to both the operating system and the policies the company put in place to support the new OS. Those changes fall into two categories: 1) Microsoft must give Windows 10 users more control over when updates are installed. We need the ability to delay or hide damaging updates that impact the computing experience, have undesirable side effects such as blue screens of death, or reduce the functionality to attached devices. Under the current system of mandated updates, we have been adversely impacted by forced driver and firmware updates plus other patches; we've wasted hours dealing with the unwanted side effects. As long-time Windows users, we understand the need to have quicker and more agile security updating. But this agility should not introduce additional risks to our systems. Windows 10 updates have already caused loss of system functionality, video and display issues, and other significant issues. [edit 11/5/2016:  The 1607 release has added active hours, but the release is still mandating nearly weekly reboots which is unacceptable.  We feel the updating process isn't getting better, but in fact worse.  Users (and Journalists) complain that " ... get a new update to Anniversary Update and some things aren't working like they worked before. I wonder which of the updates I just got did something to it" and have a difficult time determining if a bug has been fixed in a particular release.] 2) Microsoft should provide detailed information on what's in each update -- along with what system changes we should see with each cumulative-update release. We applaud the cumulative-update model, but the lack of documentation doesn't let us to perform the due diligence required for safely deploying and maintaining Windows 10 systems in our organizations. [edit 11/5/2016 - Microsoft is now providing more detail here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history however the ability to track when a bug in a prior release has been fixed is still difficult to do.  The Insider Feedback process doesn't provide an effective way to determine when reported bugs are resolved.] We have expressed our concerns on the Uservoice feedback platform here and here.  We now use change.org's petition platform to express our concerns more broadly. We need control using our existing patching methodologies. We need communication. Sincerely, Your Windows customers

Susan Bradley
6,853 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Microsoft

Make it PC users possible too, to decide once again about Albions destiny.

Please release Fable Anniversary on PC. It is the best action role-playing game I ever played. Fable TLC has been for many people a very good game, which fascinated the gamer with his wonderful gameplay and story. The atmosphere was legendary. It would be a shame, if PC users couldn't get the enjoyment of a HD release of this masterpiece.

Belal Sadjadi
3,272 supporters