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Tell ChicagoNow to live by their own policies

ChicagoNow is a website that is part of the Chicago Tribune Media Group. It is a collection of blogs that ChicagoNow provides 

ChicagoNow has a Comment Policy that provides certain guarantees to commenters like, "We have the ability to edit, moderate and delete comments. We won't edit them. And we won't censor them unless they violate our policies."

Despite my comments breaking none of ChciagoNow's policies a blogger was able to do just that.  She even made a comment directed to me in which she told a lie about me and blocked me from responding to her allegations.  She concluded the comment with this line. “I can ban and delete anyone I choose. Bye!”

This goes completely against ChicagoNow's comment policy that states, "That said, if you repeatedly violate the community guidelines and/or our commenting policy--after being warned--we will be forced to remove you from our community to preserve a healthy environment for everyone else. We don't want to be put in that position, so please keep our guidelines in mind before participating in any facet of the site."

I spoke to Mr. Greenfield, Community Manager, ChicagoNow, who stated that they were happy with the way this blogger moderate comments and that the ChicagoNow's Comment Policy didn't apply to bloggers. Despite the fact that ChicagoNow is just a collection of bloggers supported by the Chicago Tribune Media Group.

I tried to speak to Mr. Adee, VP for Digital Development & Operations/Tribune Media Group, but he has refused to answer my email or call me back. 

As the TRIBUNE COMPANY CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT states, "As part of this commitment, we (every employee, officer and director) are expected to comply with all of Tribune’s policies as well as all of the laws and regulations that apply to our company."

All I am asking is that ChicagoNow live by the policies that THEY created. I am asking ChicagoNow to honor the agreement THEY have made with commenters on their site. That shouldn't be too much to ask.

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  • VP/Digital Stuff for Chicago Tribune
    Bill Adee

    Chad Welch started this petition with a single signature, and now has 37 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.