Kickstarter: Terminate the Orwellian SocialAutopsy.com Campaign
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Socialautopsy.com is presently in it's crowdfunding stage on Kickstarter. The site claims to be a tool to combat cyber-bullying online, however the methods by which it seeks to do so present nothing short of an Orwellian nightmare, which encourages individuals to feed others social media information into their database for tracking purposes intended to be used in mob bullying, shaming and harassment tactics. This effort to collect data even includes (and in their own words actively seeks) data on legal minors and young people.
In addition to being ethically questionable, their desired platform also poses significant legal questions in respect to privacy throughout the US and EU which must be fully addressed before this can, if at all be allowed to move forward. Beyond this, submissions to the site of names and social media information are themselves anonymous, making such the perfect online tool for revenge smearing or personal attacks.
Though posed as an anti-bullying effort, it is in reality nothing short of an attempt to create a new platform by which to use mob and bullying tactics to attack those with whom the creators and users dislike or disagree with. We who have signed this petition implore Kickstarter to cancel SocialAutopsy.com's campaign effort so as to protect countless individuals, including those whose names and information have already been added into their database without their permission from the sorts of bullying tactics that the site and its creators intend on it being used for.
Additionally, I'd like to encourage all signers to report the campaign to Kickstarter as a violation of its community guidelines.
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