For years the internet community has been up in arms against the forums on Topix.com which allow people to use their site anonymously to abuse, slander, harass and engage in illegal activities such as drug sales, cyber stalking and exploitation, even of minors.
WHAT HASN'T CHANGED TOPIX:
1) Successful lawsuits against anonymous persons abusing others through the Topix forums
2) A disingenuous agreement where Topix CEO, Chris Tolles promised over 30 Attorney Generals that they would clean up/moderate their forums . . . (Topix didn't)
3) The ever growing, very public denouncement of Topix.com's toxic forums
4) Published news reports about the victims of Topix.com, people who:
a) have had members of their family tormented to the point of suicide;
b) lost their jobs, been forced to move or have had significant relationships end because of the negative lies spread in the Topix forums
All the many people who have had their lives destroyed because of the non-existent moderation of the Topix.com forums has not motivated Topix to change.
INSTEAD FOR TOPIX IT CONTINUES TO BE BUSINESS AS USUAL.
Do you know why it's business as usual?
It is business as usual because Topix,and it's CEO only care about their success, the traffic to their site and the money generated from advertising dollars.
TOPIX DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU!
So, therefore, we the people (whom Topix claims to be the voice of), are petitioning the advertisers of Topix.com to end their association with such an unethical, irreputable organization.
Topix.com utilizes OpenX to display random ads. OpenX's website Terms & Condition prohibit: " (b) Transmitting any material that is abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, pornographic, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable. (e) Stalking, harassing, or harming another individual."
Topix.com forums are FULL of defamatory, vulgar, libelous invasions of other people's privacy.
Topix.com uses Blekko to power their search engine. Blekko's TOS state: "You agree that you will not use the Services to post or otherwise provide any prohibited content, meaning any content that: (i) is inappropriate or offensive (such as inappropriate photographs); (ii) promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind; (iii) harasses or advocates harassment of another person; (v) is false, misleading or promotes, endorses or furthers illegal activities;" http://blekko.com/about/terms
Blekko aslo boasts: "Quality vs Quantity: blekko biases towards quality sites. We do not attempt to gather all of the world's information. We purposefully bias our index away from sites with low quality content."
What could be lower than slander? Topix.com forums are FULL of content which is offensive, false, misleading and inappropriate, which promotes racism, bigotry, hatred and harasses and advocates harassment of others.
Match.com advertises on Topix, republishing the profiles of their members on Topix.com pages unbeknownst to their users. Match.com is a subsidiary of the parent company, IAC, which states in their TOS that users of their services are prohibited from: "engaging in any activities that would violate the personal privacy rights of others, including but not limited to, collecting and distributing information about Internet users without their permission;" http://www.iac.com/Terms-of-Use/.
IAC owns several websites including but not limited to Ask.com, Citisearch, and Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Topix.com utilizes Google Adsense, and they state in their TOS that their users shall not, "(xi) engage in any action or practice that reflects poorly on Google or otherwise disparages or devalues Google’s reputation or goodwill." https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms
Sign this petition, contact these companies, demand that advertisers end their association with Topix.com unless and until Topix.com changes their abusive policies.
HERE IS A LIST OF THE MANY ADVERTISERS WHO UTILIZE TOPIX
YOU CAN CLICK THE LINKS TO GO TO THE FEEDBACK PAGE
The Advertising Council 815 Second Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10017 Phone: (212) 922-1500
The Adverstising Council Washington DC Office, 1707 L Street, NW Suite 600, Washington DC 20036 Phone: (202) 331-9153
Blekko Headquarters: 100 Marine Parkway, #275 Redwood City, ca 94065
Cephalon, Inc. 41 Moores Road Frazer, PA 19355* 610-344-0200
Cadillac Customer Assistance Center P. O. Box 33169 Detroit, MI 48232-5169
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Orlando Operations Center P.O. Box 628291
Orlando, FL 32862-8291
Chitika, Inc.1800 West Park Drive Westborough, MA 01581 USA
Phone: 508.449.3870 Toll Free: 866.441.7203 Fax: 508.366.5789
Covergirl ASK US page
Deere & Company World Headquarters Deere & Company World Headquarters One John Deere Place Moline, Illinois 61265
Google Adsense FEEDBACK PAGE:
Head Quarters: 555 West 18th Street New York, NY
Communications Office 212.314.7251
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews P.O. Box 96105 Washington, D.C., 20090-6105 Phone: (800) 486-8844
Linder's Garden Center 270 West Larpenteur Ave St. Paul, MN 55113
Match.com - Mandy Ginsberg, President
Amy Canaday Associate Manager, Marketing & Public Relations 214.576.9416
Monster.Inc FEEDBACK PAGE Monster Worldwide
5, Clock Tower Place, Suite 500, Maynard, MA 01754 (978) 823-2002
OpenX Technologies FEEDBACK PAGE, Inc. 20 East Del Mar Boulevard Pasadena, California 91105
T: 1.626.204.0811 F: 1.626.405.1599
SeatGeek 57 E 11th, Floor 8A, New York, NY
Trane Parent Company - Ingersoll & Rand Contact Us Page
VolksWagon FEEDBACK PAGE
Topix is 75% owned by Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune.
Gannet, McClatchy and Tribune Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GannettCompany?v=app_7146470109
Gannett Co., Inc. 7950 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22107-0150
PRESS CONTACT Corporate Communications
Gannett Co., Inc. 7950 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22107-0150
Tell Topix.com you are going to contact all of their advertisers and advise them not to do business with Topix.com unless they change the policies governing their forums:
Topix LLC 1001 Elwell Ct Palo Alto, CA 94303 US
Topix.com engages in a business practice that condones the usury and abuse of people's names, their businesses and their reputations in order to amass wealth for themselves. The businesses who advertise on Topix are supporting this behavior.
Whether you've been victimized by Topix.com or you know someone who has, let your representatives know that we have had enough. Contact your Attorney General and file a complaint.
California Attorney General: Kamala Harris
Topix readily admits that they generate most of their traffic from their forums but nevertheless, Topix will not to moderate its forums or require registration prior to posting.
Many of the companies advertising on Topix have Terms of Service which prohibit content that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind; harasses or advocates harassment of another person; is false, misleading or promotes, endorses or furthers illegal activity but they advertise on Topix which promotes this type of behavior.
Topix, on the other hand, only cares about their success, the traffic to their site and the MONEY generated from advertising dollars.
We want Topix advertisers to know that people who are being defamed on the forums at Topix and those who care about them have had enough.
We want them to advertise on a quality website that values and supports its audience and supports the right of all human beings to use the internet in peace.