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Petitioning Instagram

Stop celebrities promoting toxic diet products on social media

In the last few years we have seen a scary rise in the marriage of celebrity and diet/detox endorsement. There's little to no information about the side effects or main ingredients, the harm they may cause or any of the science behind how these products are supposed to work. They are instead, flogged in glossy paid adverts by celebrities and influencers with no expertise or authority in nutrition/medicine/biology.  Quick-fix weight loss is never the answer and the risks far outweigh the benefits. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Celebrities who promote and endorse weight loss aids for payment, do so because brands have realised how influential their posts are with young people. As reported by the BBC, top doctors are now asking that celebrity ads for diet aids be banned by social media companies.   Powder over the internet cant make you look like a celebrity who has a personal trainer, a chef, a surgeon and who uses photoshop. This is false and irresponsible advertising and it is part of a pervasive and disturbing rhetoric that preys upon eating disordered behaviour and the new trend of “quick fix” that relies upon a naive and vulnerable customer who is not educated as to the full list of health implications these products and diet restrictions can bring. I'm calling on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat to stop these being posted by celebrities.  We put the health risks on cigarettes and all drugs, and yet nobody is forced to do the same with these products, in spite of thousands of medical professionals speaking out about the harm and pseudo-science of it all. Please help me take the first step in dismantling this nonsense new culture by stopping those with the most influence from being able to freely spread lies and irresponsible, ignorant nonsense, to their vulnerable young followers.  With eating disorder numbers at an all time high, and as a former teenage anorexic who was very much so influenced by celebrities, I understand the importance of having good people around you. Thats why in 2018 I created The I Weigh Community which values people on their their achievements and attributes rather than what they weigh or how they look. It aims to make connections and be an ally to other activists and communities. Join our revolution against shame - Please share the petition with the hashtag #nomoredetoxscams on social media and sign up to www.iweighcommunity.com 

JAMEELA JAMIL
243,603 supporters
Petitioning Christopher Kempczinski, Douglas Goare, Bernie Sanders, Joe hogsett, Joe Donnelly, David Fairhurst, Steve Easterbrook, Lucy Brady, Francesca DeBiase, Robert Gibbs, Jerry Krulewitch, Silvia Lagnado,...

Hey, McDonald's, please buy only biodegradable straws and save turtles from going extinct!

A major problem in today’s world is our plastic usage. Plastic never biodegrades. This means that it will stay forever. It also makes 100-500 million pounds of carbon emissions. Plastic straws are one of the biggest ways that we use plastic. We use more than 500 million straws every single day in the U.S. alone! Fast food stores are the main source of straw. For example, McDonalds contributes to 12% of all the plastic straws. I had an idea that if McDonald’s would only use biodegradable, it would cut down on a lot of that plastic trash. Other chains will follow the lead and one by one we can convert all plastic straw to biodegradable straw.  Plastic straws hurt the environment and wildlife. Straws just pile up in landfills and in the oceans. There are places where you can actually walk on the ocean because of the enormous amount of plastic piled up. It also hurts wildlife. Birds can think that plastic straws look like worms. Turtles can think that straws look like stretched out shrimp. When they eat them, they die from the toxins in the oil that the straws were made from. It also hurts underprivileged kids who don't have proper housing. They can wander about on shores, but all the plastic can make them sick. Why do we do this? We are ruining the planet!!! Think about your own kids and grandchildren. Is this the type of planet that you want to leave for them! Do you want children to worry about eating seafood because of the amount of plastic trash in our fish? Do you want us to not be able to go to the beach because of the amount of trash? Why are you leaving us children a planet of plastic and trash??? There is a solution though. If McDonald's and other franchises stopped using plastic straws, a lot of plastic trash would be avoided. If people still need straws, they can get biodegradable straws. The biodegradable straws would biodegrade and wouldn't hurt the environment. So join me! Join in saving the world for your children! Please sign the petition, and support the idea that McDonald's should get only biodegradable straws!!    

Earth Hero
16,280 supporters
Petitioning team snapchat

Allow People To Change Snapchat Usernames

Although Snapchat started around 2011, it didn't pick up speed until around late 2012. Almost half of Snapchat's users were in middle school at that time. On behalf of all those users, let me start out by saying, some of us didn't know what the hell we were doing in middle school. Now most of us are in high school and college, and we find our usernames quite embarassing. We weren't all smart enough to use our names at the time. Some of us used our previous usernames from Roblox or Minecraft. Yes, that includes me. I thought that a silly username I used for my gaming accounts would be good for my Snapchat. Newsflash! It's not, really it's not. Whenever I give someone my Snapchat now I'm embarrassed of my old username. As you grow, your username should grow with you. I'm not going to release my snapchat for privacy reasons, but it is very embarrassing and I don't want to be known by that name forever. I don't want to go through my college years with my name, I don't want my future coworkers to see that name, and most of all I don't want cute guys reading that name. It is not fair that I have to live by a mistake, that wasn't even a mistake at the time, until my Snapchat-using years are over. I have more people on my Snapchat, then I have in my contacts list, so creating a new account is not an option for me. I have people on my snapchat that live overseas, in other countries, or even just in different states. I will never be able to see them again. The only way I get to communicate with them is through Snapchat. So I'm never going to create a new Snapchat, but I would really love to create a new username. Seriously, I didn't know what the hell I was doing in middle school!

Hannah Shahbazi
3,988 supporters
Remove the new Snapchat Update

To Nic and all of the Snapchatters who signed this petition, We hear you, and appreciate that you took the time to let us know how you feel. We completely understand the new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many. By putting everything from your friends in one place, our goal was to make it easier to connect with the people you care about most. The new Friends page will adapt to you and get smarter over time, reflecting who you’re most likely to be Snapping with at that moment. This same personalization is also true of the new Discover, which will adapt to you the more that you use it. Beginning soon on iOS, and with Android in the coming weeks, we are introducing tabs in Friends and Discover, which will make it easier to find the Stories that you want, when you want them. Once you receive the update, you’ll be able to sort things like Stories, Group Chats, and Subscriptions, allowing you to further customize your own experience on the app. This new foundation is just the beginning, and we will always listen closely to find new ways to make the service better for everyone. We are grateful for your enthusiasm and creativity. We are very excited for what’s ahead. Love, Team Snapchat

2 years ago