Petition to Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington
Shut Down the app "Yik Yak"
UPDATE 10/27/15: Last year I declared victory on this petition after meeting with Tyler and Brooks at Yik Yak. They assured me that various new policies would go into effect that would protect kids from bullying and harassment on Yik Yak. Nearly a year later, those promises have not held up, so I have started a new petition calling on Yik Yak to institute those changes or be removed from the App Store and Google Play. You can view it here. --- Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app, launched last year with the stated intent of “[sharing] your thoughts with people around you while keeping your privacy.” Instead of being a harmless and fun social network, the app has turned into a haven for bullying, threats, and hate speech, mostly focused on kids in middle school and high school. I know this, because it happened to me. My name is Elizabeth. I’m 18 years old, and earlier this year I tried to commit suicide. While still recovering, I started seeing messages about me on Yik Yak, anonymously telling me that I should kill myself. And I am not the only one. Teens, teachers and school administrators are ridiculed on this app everyday. Kids are telling other kids to kill themselves. This is beyond unacceptable, and it is time that we stand up and do something about it before a life is senselessly lost because of this app. Yik Yak allows users to post anonymous messages that are broadcast to other users close by. Then those messages can be voted up or voted down, with the most popular showing up at the top of everyone’s news feed. With the shield of anonymity, users have zero accountability for their posts, and can openly spread rumors, call classmates hurtful names, send threats, or even tell someone to kill themselves -- and all of these things are happening. The app claims that it is not meant to be used by people under 17, but there are no safeguards to prevent younger users from downloading the app, and I know from personal experience how popular the app is with younger teens. The app claims to not tolerate bullying or threats, but no action is being taken to remove threatening or harmful posts, or suspend users who write them. That is why I am calling on the inventors of the app to create a stronger set of community standards and employ a zero-tolerance policy for bullying and threats -- if they don’t, we want the app removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play immediately. Please join me to tell the creators of this app, as well as the users who have abused it, that we will not tolerate bullying, no matter what.
Petition to Twitter, Inc, Twitter, Instagram
Tell Twitter to Restore ThaGataNegrra's Account
Alternative hip-hop artist ThaGataNegrra established her Twitter account in December 2007, when the platform had barely begun, and enjoyed using it to connect to people and potential fans and clients. She'd built a good following, and her account suddenly was, in the early summer of 2017, suspended indefinitely due to an ex and rival continuing a years-old smear-and-cyberbullying campaign against GATA, accusing her of infringement and of being an "impostor". The rival had, years prior, unsuccessfully tried to get GATA's Twitter removed for the same reason, but this time she succeeded due to recently having trademarked a tagline ("Tha True Original Gata" or "True Original Gata") ThaGataNegrra had been using for many years to market herself. The rival had made it so that Twitter couldn't tell which person was which, even though GATA made it quite clear that she was not the person guilty of infringement the first time, presenting her state ID with her legal name on it when asked, among other things. Twitter says it will not restore ThaGataNegrra's account, although the infringement wasn't official on-paper until this year, and was only so due to the rival filing the trademark in September, 2016. GATA had been using the tagline for years prior to the filing. The rival went so far as to say on the filing that she is a rapper, but this is not the case. Meanwhile, ThaGataNegrra has two full album releases as a rapper for 3 Miles Entertainment, one of which has been released globally and some of the songs from that release have been featured on Hulu Original show "East Los High". In this digital age, it is clear that social media, especially Twitter, plays an important part in marketing brands. The Twitter handle has become as ubiquitous as a first name. This was done to GATA to purposely hurt her, her brand and her credibility, and we, her fans, find this unacceptable. If the President of the United States can allegedly violate the Twitter Terms of Service and remain on Twitter, and if Twitter is truly an equal platform, GATA should be allowed to have her Twitter restored to, at the very least, change the tagline so that it doesn't continue to violate the infringement rule. Other than that, there was nothing on her Twitter bio to say that she is or is implying to be the rival, or that her account is the "official" account of the rival by anything other than the tagline the rival had recently trademarked. There aren't and never were any pictures of the rival, so it isn't impersonation. None of her logos, branding or usernames indicated as such. She was simply marketing her own Twitter, and should be able to continue to do so. We are asking for ThaGataNegrra's Twitter account to be restored, and all her followers restored, in exchange for the tagline and any offending tweets removed from the platform, as it is the only thing that is in violation of the ToS and, again, wasn't in violation until the trademark was filed last year. Since the same is true with Instagram, who took down ThaGataNegrra's account in May 2017 for the same reason (her account was established and in good standing since 2012), we would also ask that it restore ThaGataNegrra's account and allow her to continue to use it as well if she removes the taglines.
Petition to Facebook
FACEBOOK: Quit Banning People Who Expose Hate, Racism, Bigotry and Discrimination!
Time and time again, individuals and organizations who speak out against the hate, racism, bigotry, homophobia, bullying, harassment and discrimination of Facebook pages and individuals (including, but not limited to The Activist Mommy, Franklin Graham, Ben Shapiro, Elizabeth Johnston, The Reliant, CBN News, Mom's March for America, Breitbart, Matt Walsh, Hello Christian and My Christian Daily) are banned from using all of the features of Facebook for differing lengths of time, while the aforementioned pages and individuals suffer no such consequences. This is blatant discrimination on the part of Facebook and, per their Community Standards, Statements of Rights and Responsibilities and their partnership with GLAAD in the formation of Network of Support, Facebook has dishonored their own pledge to combat LGBT cyberbullying and hate speech based on race; ethnicity; national origin; religious affiliation; sexual orientation; sex, gender or gender identity; serious disabilities or diseases. In addition, Facebook has remained SILENT about the hundreds of thousands Change.org signatures to remove The Activist Mommy from Facebook. This must stop.
Petition to YouTube, Google
Get Tammy Newborn Permanently Banned from YouTube.
Youtube is meant to be a place to share videos, ideas, and generally entertain others, however a certain YouTube user by the screen name: Tammy Newborn, is constantly going around videos revolving around the company 4Kids Entertainment and ruining the entire comment section with constant threats, harassment, and cyberstalking other profiles, leaving nasty and long comments meant to harm or make others feel unsafe. This action is of course against the rules of YouTube, yet reporting him doesn't do much as he will make more accounts to keep his rain of terror going. Tammy Newborn has been making people feel very unsafe for over 4 and a half years and shows no signs of stopping. He must be stopped before he commits anything serious, such as when he once got himself arrested in real life for stalking a YouTuber he harassed online in person over, you guessed it, 4Kids. Unfortunately however, he was released a few months later and continues to do his malicious deeds. Help make YouTube safe again for people to share their thoughts on 4Kids, without running the fear of being on his hit list, as he will attack and threaten anyone even if their opinion of 4Kids is harmless or skeptical.
Petition to Tracey Dooley
Make Cyberbullying a CRIME in Mississippi!
Mississippi is one of only 16 states that does NOT have cyberbullying laws, yet almost 50% of students report being cyberbullied. In Mississippi, youth ages 10-24 have an average of 49 deaths per year by suicide — according to data from the state Department of Health Vital Statistics program. Bullying is one of the most often-cited causes of this epidemic. These numbers are only going to increase until something is done to stop the cause. Please look at David's Law that was recently passed in Texas. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/html/SB00179I.htm Our students deserve the same protection. Join our Facebook group at Lauderdale County Anti-bullying & Cyberbullying Support Group as we seek to make a change!