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Stop enabling the Harassment of Human Rights Monitors

    1. Elan Wilson
    2. Petition by

      Elan Wilson

      Atmore, AL

A few days ago, the Facebook and e-mail account of Granny Ralls a.k.a. Occupy Human Rights (https://www.facebook.com/grannyralls ) was AGAIN reported and disabled, with Facebook claiming that she is not who she claims to be. Facebook's policy is to, in all cases, require people to utilize their legal name, and although Granny Ralls is exactly who she claims to be, it is a standard which puts human rights activists, monitors and whistleblowers in serious jeopardy of life and limb, through retaliation. Today, Granny's Facebook account remains disabled. They are demanding that she produce proof of her identity by providing them with some copy of her identification, and she does not have the means or ability to do so (buy a scanner or xerox and buy a fax machine, etcetera.) Few of us would likely be able to do so, and depending on your situation, it could be a grievous hardship, whereas these accusations and reports are clearly baseless and without merit, Facebook has once again decided to put the burden of proof on the victims of cyber harassment, and revictimize them by making them go through extraordinary lengths to provide a corporate office with proof of their personal identity by arbitrarily demanding that people in this situation furnish personally identifiable information, through means convenient to that office. Please join us in trying to convince Facebook to bring an end to this problem, by attempting to e-mail the following addresses:

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disabled@facebook.com

...this, at present, is our only hope of reconciliation over this problem. Please find included an outline for a basic e-mail request to facebook, for those who would prefer to use it.

Facebook has been instrumental in helping pro-democracy revolutions in the Middle East, seemingly ones which the United States support, yet when it comes to pro-democracy efforts/networking by actual United States citizens, they want to reveal their identities to the world...you would think good ol' All American Facebook Corporation would support pro-democracy citizens and protect their civil rights, their human rights, and their lives by not dogging people, the way they have Granny, and other human rights activists, peaceful protestors throughout the Occupy movement, etcetera. The manner in which they demand that people verify their identities against all baseless accusations not only facilitates harassment, but creates additional hardship against people with disabilities.

The last time this happened, on August 2nd, 2012, Granny's Facebook and e-mail account was hacked. Pursuant to the violation of her account by unknown parties, a large number of images were erroneously reported as being in violation of Facebook's Terms of Service, and the e-mail address associated with the account was being used by the hackers, who had associated it with a different account. This matter was reviewed and her account was restored shortly thereafter, only to again be suspended almost immediately, on account of another baseless presumption or accusation that she was not who she claimed to be. We would ask Facebook to review this account and restore it, as Granny Ralls most certainly is herself, and there are over 4,300 people who regularly follow Granny's posts.

Granny offered this statement:
Please tell Facebook to stop harassing me. They know I am a person with disabilities and there are almost 5,000 people on my friends list and I would hope they all would protest the disabling of my Granny Ralls acct by emailing them at :
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disabled@facebook.com because that url means something special to me as that is what everyone knew my grandmother as and now, me too and I want it back and the harassment to stop. In August, I was told by FB I couldn't use "Occupy Human Rights (Mikst Granny Ralls)" but that I could use "Granny Ralls (Occupy Human Rights") because they considered Granny a nickname and Ralls my real name (as it is) so why do they continue to harass me? They allowed a hacker to access my email address and all my pages and groups sending out all kinds of abusive offensive posts for 11 days in August. Then they allow someone else to complain about my handle Granny Ralls. and disable me? They are really causing me a lot of emotional, personal and professional grief. I am a chronically-ill person whose conditions are exacerbated by stress...does Facebook care about PWDs? They know I depend on this venue to do my work...work that means a lot to me...please tell everyone that if they care about me and my work they will email FB and demand they restore my acct. Thanks ♥ Love & Respect ♥ Granny Ralls ♥

Thank you for your time and consideration, we sincerely hope that you will assist us in resolving this pressing matter, by signing and sharing this petition, as well as e-mailing the addresses provided herein for contacting Facebook, as we do not know how else to pursue having this account reinstated.

Once again, those e-mail addresses to try are as follows:

info+1tgj1rg.aeatlbb3l4@support.facebook.com
disabled@facebook.com

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      The Internet and social networking sites have unfortunately become a weapon against women, girls and female children. With revenge porn is often faking or criminal material of stalkers, psychopaths, rapists on the Internet, that must not be forgotten. For this reason, revenge porn must be punished very hard as a criminal offense and the relevant material should be removed at the request of the victim immediately from the Internet.

      Female stalking victims are often faced with sexual violence in many forms. The main reason of stalking is often that they did not want certain affairs with some kind of horny men. I know many cases and I was even concerned too with cyberstalking in this kind, that these women then get rape porn of the worst kind sent as cyberstalking or the men make perverse lies in the internet about the victim. Not only the offender participates in it, but often many/all friends of his social networks, to terrorize a woman were for these men fun. The question is why did nobody put these cowardly beasts not long in a prison! Quite simply, the victim is not taken seriously until they are raped, dead or beganing to commit suicide or coming in psychiatry. There are enough cases in the media world. It must finally be stopped, this cowardly monsters must be punished and the victims are protected! Revenge porn is a crime!

      I can every woman and every girl only guess to give no naked photos or movies in male hands, because experience has shown that this is to be published at the end of the relationship on the Internet. Of myself there are no photos or movies, because I am a too cautious person, but I was confronted with these things through a stalker! I only learned of such things as I was getting SM porn mails which was send to me of a stalker from his girlfriends and probably also his wife, complaints didn't brought me further. I also have learned that under my name libelous posts and ads were switched on the Internet and some things I could let remove, others not! This unpunished crime of perverts and psychopaths is heinous and it is time to pursue this legally tough by laws because revenge porns destroys many female lifes forever!

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    • Jan Vorel BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC
      • 10 months ago

      I want at least some privacy in using facebook and not them forcing me to scan my iDs after several years of using facebook even without it. Funny thing about it is, that when the message came up that they suspended my account because of "impersonation, fake name etc." they offered me to verify myself by text message sent to my cell phone without scanning my ID, so i tried it and i recieved no message and so i asked facebook support and they told me that they won't send me any message unless i send them my ID.

      People post a lot of information about themselves on facebook on their own, they'd posted their IDs all over the place of their free will if it was "cool" at the time so forcing people to submit their IDs or any kind of information to facebook unless you want your account deleted seems like a very rude harassment to me.

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    • alan leiper STIRLING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      Becoz I beleive in freedom n annoniminity.peace, love, anarky n patience. Anarko punk alan xxxxxx

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    • tony clayrot ALTURAS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Censorship is a tool of tyrants.

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    • Cynthia Ralls PLANO, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      To all of those who have signed this petition, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You all are living expressions of SOLIDARITY!! It has been approximately 4 months now since the 3rd and final disabling of my account with no response at all from Facebook to the emails, phone calls (they have a prompt system at their corporate offices where you can leave a message) and other attem[ts to contact a LIVE person. The 2nd time they disabled me, I was told my "Granny Ralls" handle was fine because they allow you to use nicknames (GRANNY) as long as you also use your real name (RALLS) yet they obviously reneged on their end. Regardless, even if I were technologically able to comply with their demands to upload my government issued picture ID and/or my Socvial Ser4curity card, I would nbot as this is most definitely a violation of my privacy and holding me to a different standard than all other Facebook users. Since when are these things required to open and/or maintain a Facebook account? Are Facebook users then required to upload pictures of themselves, their family and/or friends? If so, why? The whole think stinks of Big Brother. They have my real name, my current address and my phone number. Why are those things even necessarily required? In some instances, human rights advocates and/or those suffering human rights violations MUST use aliases to protect themselves and others. Please share this petition and my comments here with all you know and encourage they too stand up for internet freedom. Facebook may be a private entity yet it is publicly traded and thus, must follow all international, federal and state laws. <please><3thanks><3><3

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