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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
247,024 supporters
Petitioning Snap Inc., Bytedance , Instagram, Tiktok

You Can Help Us Save Children’s Lives: Call on Social Media to #LetParentsProtect

From Dr. Laura Berman; a petition to Snap, TikTok, and every social media platform that our kids use. Our son Sammy was an amazing kid — sweet, funny, curious, an A student. And like all parents, we worked hard to keep him away from dangerous people and places. But, like most parents, we had no idea that drug dealers were preying on our children using Snapchat and other social media platforms. And we had no idea illegal, untested drugs could be delivered to our house as easily as a pizza. On February 7, 2021, an online drug dealer reached out to our son Sammy on Snapchat and delivered drugs to him at our home. He snuck out after we were asleep to meet the dealer, who gave him what turned out to be a lethal dose of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid twice as addictive as heroin, 100 times more powerful than morphine — and fatal even in microscopic doses. Sammy had no idea he was taking it. As a result, we experienced every parent’s worst pain —we lost our son. Sammy is but one of the millions of young victims of social media-related dangers this year. These dangers include: Substance Abuse: One in four young people see illicit drugs advertised for sale on social media. Cyberbullying: 34% of students report experiencing cyberbullying. Suicide: Teens using social media more than 5 hours daily were found to be about 70% more likely to have suicidal thoughts or actions than those who reported one hour of daily use. Based on the most recent Youth Risk Behaviors Survey from 2019, 8.9% of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months. Sexting: 70.9% of tweens and 87.9% of teens encounter nudity or content of a sexual nature each year, and sexting is essentially the new "first base." Hate Speech: About 64% of U.S. teens have encountered hate speech on social media. Trafficking/Predation: A whopping 82% of child sex crimes originate from online social media sites where predators gain knowledge of their victims’ likes and habits. Children are being injured and dying, and families are being destroyed. We must act together now to save lives. One of the most effective ways for us to protect our children is by using third-party safety apps (like Bark). These apps can provide alerts to parents when dangerous content is shared through children’s social media accounts, enabling a parent to provide life-saving interventions at a critical moment. For example, if a child is expressing thoughts of suicide via social media, then a parent, who has received an alert through a third-party safety app, can immediately provide mental health support. We know from the statistics that these alerts have saved thousands of children’s lives. Unfortunately, for third-party safety apps to work, the social media companies need to give them permission. While many social media platforms, like Twitter and Instagram, do provide this access, unfortunately, a number of others, like Snapchat and TikTok, do not. Why? Well, social media companies that have a lot of younger users seem to be the ones preventing parents from using safety apps. Possibly, these companies are concerned that children’s engagement with their platform generally would decrease should parents have the choice to supervise their children’s social media use -- meaning less profits, less money for Big Social Media. To save lives, parents need to be the ones who make the choice about whether they want to use safety apps. That is why we are calling on social media companies to #LetParentsProtect our children. Watch our PSA: https://vimeo.com/548594963/65548d77b5 Donate here: https://www.ofsms.org/you-can-help-dr-berman-save-childrens-lives/ Please share this petition far and wide. We have a real opportunity to make the world a safer place for this next generation. Thank you.

Dr. Laura Berman
42,952 supporters
Petitioning UNICOR, FPI, White House, Earl Blumenauer, Ron Wyden, Lew Frederick, Kate Brown, Lamar Alexander, Alabama State House, Andrew M. Cuomo, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Louie Gohmert, Joaquín Castro, Michael...

FREEDOM MATTERS, RELEASE ALL FROM JAIL FOR CANNABIS RELATED CHARGES UNDER 8 OUNCES

We have had many successes recently in progressing cannabis laws - which are to be celebrated. However, we can’t celebrate the progress without acknowledging the travesties that are still happening daily.  There are literally millions of Afro American men and women sitting in jails and prison cells because of the failed war on drugs. While our representatives in Congress focus on banking, interstate commerce, and states’ rights, human beings are being incarcerated and enslaved by corporate prisons for possession of a plant, the majority of which are Afro Americans.  For instance, Corvain Cooper is currently serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana-related charges.   According to the ACLU, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply possessing marijuana.  Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Black people are 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana. Over half of those arrests were of black males between 2001 and 2010. Let that number sink in for a minute.  We need to create a plan that releases these people from prisons and jails throughout the United States. It is imperative that every state that passes tax and regulation laws also includes the release of those serving time for non-violent cannabis convictions. We need to focus on getting those incarcerated for non-violent cannabis charges released so they can start their lives again with their loved ones.  Corporate prisons in the US profit an average of $39,000 per incarcerated person per year. In New York, they profit $60,000 per person. It’s unjust and needs to end.  It’s time to start righting the wrongs of cannabis prohibition and the prison industrial complex. Every time a state considers “legalizing” cannabis, the first consideration needs to be for the men and women who have been locked up and removed from society for the same plant they are planning on collecting billions of dollars in taxes on.  Please sign the petition to let your voice be heard - no legalization without every non-violent cannabis prisoner’s release. If you want to continue the support for this effort further please contact the National Cannabis Diversity Awareness Convention by email (NDACPDX@GMAIL.COM)  

Mss Oregon
20,398 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
16,356 supporters
Petitioning Law Makers, Churches, general population, Elected Officials, Government, Presidents, Congress, U.S. Senate, FOX News, entertainment, CNN, NBC News, Kim Kardashian West, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfre...

Free Willie Simmons Jr.

A $9 theft has imprisoned a man since 1982, now a journalist is calling out the injustice. On Saturday, journalist Beth Shelburne shared the story of Willie Simmons Jr. on Twitter in a series of tweets after speaking with the Alabama man about his story. To date, her tweets have been retweeted more than 100,000 times. Shelburne’s viral thread reveals that in 1982, Simmons was convicted of first degree robbery after wrestling a man to the ground to steal his wallet, which only contained $9, and sentenced to life without parole. “I was just trying to get me a quick fix,” Simmons said admitting that he was high on drugs at the time of the incident. He was arrested just a few blocks away. He remembers his trial lasting 25 minutes and his appointed attorney calling no witnesses,” she wrote. “Prosecutors did not offer him a plea deal, even though all of his prior offenses were nonviolent. ‘They kept saying we’ll do our best to keep you off the streets for good,’ he said.” Simmons was prosecuted under Alabama’s controversial habitual offender law because he had three prior convictions, all of which were nonviolent offenses. Simmons is incarcerated at Holman, one of the most violent prisons in the country,” Shelburne wrote. “He is studying for his GED and “tries to stay away from the wild bunch.” He got sober in prison 18 years ago, despite being surrounded by drugs. “I just talked to God about it,” he said. According to her tweets, Shelburne was Simmons’ first visitor since his sister died in 2005 and after filing appeal after appeal, he had been consistently denied. In 2014, lawmakers made it impossible for inmates sentenced to life without parole under the habitual offenders law to appeal their case, but Simmons has hope. Yes, I’ve been hoping and praying on it,” he said. “I ain’t giving up.” 

Joseph Dowdy
16,032 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

4 years ago