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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

AdChoices

Alaska Airlines Customer Comment Form

A&E Submit Feedback Page

AMC Feedback Page

Aflac Contact Customer Service

AT&T Contact Page

Blackberry Support Page

Blekko Headquarters: 100 Marine Parkway, #275 Redwood City, ca 94065

Best Western Customer Care  Form

Burger King Feedback Page

Cephalon, Inc.  41 Moores Road Frazer, PA 19355* 610-344-0200

Cadillac Customer Assistance Center P. O. Box 33169 Detroit, MI 48232-5169

Carls Jr. CONTACT PAGE

Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Orlando Operations Center P.O. Box 628291
Orlando, FL 32862-8291

Charter Media Contact Page

Chitika, Inc.1800 West Park Drive Westborough, MA 01581 USA

Phone: 508.449.3870 Toll Free: 866.441.7203 Fax: 508.366.5789

Contact Ad.

Covergirl ASK US page

Delta Complaint Center

Eset Customer Care

ESPN Contact Us Page

Deere & Company World Headquarters  Deere & Company World Headquarters One John Deere Place  Moline, Illinois 61265

Disney Corporate Communications

Dish Network Media Sales

Dish Chat Page

Ford Contact Page

Fresh & Easy FEEDBACK PAGE and  YOUR THOUGHTS PAGE

Greyhound Customer Assistance Request Page

Google Adsense FEEDBACK PAGE:

HP Executive Team CONTACT PAGE

IAC 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

Intel Contact Page

John Deere Insurance CONTACT PAGE

Kaiser Permanente CONTACT PAGE

Kraft Foods Contact Form

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

Mohegan Sun FEEDBACK PAGE

Monster.Inc FEEDBACK PAGE    Monster Worldwide
5, Clock Tower Place,  Suite 500, Maynard, MA 01754 (978) 823-2002

NAACP FEEDBACK PAGE

National Right to Work, Legal Defense Foundation FEEDBACK PAGE

NETFLIX FEEEDBACK PAGE

Nutribullet FEEDBACK PAGE

OpenX Technologies FEEDBACK PAGE, Inc. 20 East Del Mar Boulevard Pasadena, California 91105

T: 1.626.204.0811 F: 1.626.405.1599

Papa John's FEEDBACK PAGE

Pep Boys Issue Tracking System

Post Release

RedBull Feedback Page

Sam's Club CONTACT PAGE

SanDisk Support Team

SeatGeek  57 E 11th, Floor 8A, New York, NY

Sony Esupport Page

Target Contact Us Page

Tmobile NewsRoom

TimeWarner CONTACT PAGE

TimeWarner MEDIA SALES CONTACT PAGE

Trane Parent Company - Ingersoll & Rand Contact Us Page

U.S. Cellular BUSINESS CONTACT PAGE , FEEDBACK CENTER, and CUSTOMER CARE

University of Phoenix Feedback Page

WeightWatchers CONTACT 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'S HEADQUARTERS
Gannett Co., Inc. 7950 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22107-0150
703-854-6000

PRESS CONTACT Corporate Communications
Gannett Co., Inc. 7950 Jones Branch Drive McLean, VA 22107-0150
703-854-6000

 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
650-461-8300, 650-691-1100

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

Email & Contact Information for ALL  Attorney Generals

This petition was delivered to:
  • Senior Director, Social Media Relations Monster Worldwide
    Kathy O'Reilly (Senior Director, Social Media Relations Monster Worldwide)
  • Associate Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
    Joe Case
  • Cedar-Sanai Medical Center Public Relations Consultant
    Sandy Van
  • University of Phoenix
  • A&E Networks
  • TD Ameritrade Institutional Senior Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
    Kristin Petrick
  • Media Relations
    PepBoys
  • nTelos Customer Service
  • SunPower Media Relations
  • VP of Marketing at the Panama City Beach CVB.
    Susan Estler
  • GAP Media Relations
    Louise Callagy
  • Anthem Media Contact
    Darrel Ng
  • Public Relations Manager, Marketing Services Experian
    Jennifer Marshall (Public Relations Manager, Marketing Services Experian)
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Software and Systems Architect at Topix LLC
    Seun Wright
  • IAC Senior Vice President, Global Communications and Brand Marketing
    Stacy Simpson
  • USA Media Relations
    TMobile
  • Comedy Central Senior Vice President, Communications
    Steve Albani
  • American Council on Education
  • SeatGeek Inc.
    Will Flaherty
  • Delta Corporate Communications
  • Topix Technical Department
    Seun Wright
  • Corporate Communications
    IAC
  • CEO Blekko
    Rich Skrenta
  • Blekko Press
  • Ad Council
  • Ad Services
    Chitika Inc.
  • Match.com Associate Manager, Marketing & Public Relations Amy Canaday
    Amy Canaday
  • AT&T National Broadcast Media
    Steven Schwadron
  • CEO, Topix.com
    Chris Tolles
  • International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
  • National Right to Work Defense Foudnation
  • H.R. Block Advertising
    J. Woody Meachum
  • HP Media Chief Communications Officer
    Bill Wohl
  • Sprint Financial and Corporate Communications National/Business, Media and Financial Communication
    Roni Singelton
  • Verizon Manager, Media Relations
    Ellen Yu
  • Old Navy
  • Weight Watchers
  • Deere & Company North America Media Relations
    Barry Nelson Manager
  • Linder's Garden Center
  • Director, McDonald's U.S. Communications
    Danya Proud


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