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"Change.org" should remove the demonstrably fraudulent "StandByDaniel" petition.

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The "StandByDaniel" petition on "Change.org", created in the name of the MMS-seller and convicted-fraudster [Louis] Daniel Smith, includes a video which contains forged-images. E.g. the above image of Mr David Tait at the summit of Mount Everest in 2005. The image with "BlueCrest" on the flag can be confirmed as existing on the internet in 2007 via "archive.org". The "StandByDaniel" campaign cannot have existed before Daniel was charged with fraud, which was in 2013. [ The "StandByDaniel.com" URL did not exist before 2014 ].

So verifiable chronology proves the image of the flag with "StandByDaniel" on it must be a forgery, [ also the mountaineer Mr Tait has confirmed that the "StandByDaniel" flag is false ]. 

The "StandByDaniel" campaign have created a similar fraud with an image of veteran skydiver Mr Larry Ekstrom. The "StandByDaniel" video also contains "shills" : ( people paid to pretend to be supporters) , which is yet more fraud.

The "StandByDaniel" petition is ground-work for a future appeal by Daniel , ( who is currently in jail ) : it alleges his trial was conducted by "corrupt" persons, so was unfair . If that was true it would it be grounds for a retrial, or even an aquittal. Astonishingly over five thousand people have signed the "StandByDaniel" petition which has the video with forged-images and shills at its head.

"Change.org" terms-of-service say …

"We may terminate or suspend your permission to use our platform and services or disable your account at any time … for engagement by you in fraudulent or illegal activities".  www.change.org/en-GB/about/terms-of-service

Daniel was convicted of fraud (and other charges) on the 27th May 2015 and was "taken into federal custody", i.e. jailed. The duration of his prison sentence is yet to be determined, but apparently it will be around six years. Being jailed for fraud officially qualifies as "engagement ... in fraudulent or illegal activities".

Verifiable chronology proves images on the video on his petition are forged : they have had the text “StandByDaniel.com” added by photo-shop , giving the false-impression mountaineer Mr Tait , and skydiver Mr Ekstrom, risked their lives to promote the "StandByDaniel" campaign, when they did not.

I've repeatedly made reports to "Change.org", alerting them to the frauds in the YouTube video embedded in the "StandByDaniel" petition page on "Change.org", however they refuse to take down the petition, or even to remove the fraudulent video from it.

It is in the interest of everyone who supports legitimate petitions on “change.org” that demonstrably fraudulent petitions like "StandByDaniel" are removed, as such petitions damage the credibility of all the petitions on “change.org”.

[ In addition to signing this petition, you could use Twitter to contact the COO of Change.org. If you find Twitter's 140 character-limit too restricting, you can send "Change.org" a message via their on-line form ].

PS

"StandByDaniel" is a "promoted petition" : so "Change.org" must have received payment to advertise it on their website. "Change.org" were still promoting "StandByDaniel" a fortnight after I notified them that Daniel had been jailed for fraud, ( and four months after I first alerted them to the demonstrable frauds in the "StandByDaniel" petition ).



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