135 petitions

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Petition to Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jim Patterson, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, T. Montgomery Mason, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Terry McAuliffe, Jerry Brown, Michael Mullin, Brenda Pogge, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Nancy Pelosi, United States Supreme Court, Barack Obama, Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Steve Westfall, Bob Goodlatte, California State Senate, California State House, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Paul Cook, Darrell Issa, Melissa Melendez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Adam Schiff, John Garamendi, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Scott Peters, Ken Calvert, Sam Farr, Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Jared Huffman, Jerry McNerney, Zoe Lofgren, Mark Takano, Dave Brat, Evan Jenkins, Roy Cooper, Morgan Griffith, Allen Evans, Bobby Scott, L. Louise Lucas, Shelley Capito, Gerry Connolly, Facebook Hard Questions

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming

THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

Kathy Waters
4,815 supporters
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Petition to Bernie Sanders, Barbara Boxer, kamala Harris, Darrell Steinberg, Jerry Brown


SOCIAL NETWORKS ARE NO LONGER 'OH WOW!' NOVELTIES - Social networks and other large, public conversational spaces on the net were once quaint, "Oh Wow!" novelties. They are no longer that.  They are now essential implements for being an effective member of our society and participating fully as citizens in our democracy. 'OWNERSHIP' IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE ABUSE OF CITIZEN RIGHTSWith the Net and its various social and civic platforms we are now in the realm of the public commons. The days must come to an end where the owners of networks such as facebook or google can arbitrarily, capriciously or selectively exclude users intrude on a citizen's privacy or otherwise manipulate us under cover of "ownership".  These spaces are now no different than other public commons and public accommodations such as restaurants, buses, golf-courses, restrooms, social clubs and the like.  There is no more reason for invasive "real name" policies, or barring access for content or opinion or any other reason than patently abusive speech (excepting threats, blatant vulgarity and other universal norms of conduct, which also regulate the use of real world public commons.)    The "private ownership" excuse of these networks  for violating such rights as those granted through Constitutional guarantees or Civil Rights legislation for their real-world cousins  must be prohibited by law. "Ownership" must no longer be tolerated as a license to violate citizen rights in order to serve the ambitions and self-interests of owners.   IT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO PUT AN END TO THIS ABUSE OF POWER BY OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS AND DEMAND FULL PROTECTION OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS BY INCLUDING THE PUBLIC COMMONS OF THE NET WITHIN THE LEGAL SCOPE OF THOSE PROTECTIONS - MAKE IT SO:                                             SIGN THIS PETITION ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This petition didn't suddenly appear out of thin air.  What got my dander up was a personal assault on my account and the pages of my newspaper THE SACRAMENTO Z  by Facebook. That lockout was wrongful, arbitrary, capricious and damaging not only to me, but to the ability of our press, The Z, to function. Facebook has since rescinded its action (we don't know why, or for how long) HOWEVER, I WISH TO MAKE IT CLEAR, THIS PETITION IS NOT ABOUT 'RED SLIDER' or THE SACRAMENTO Z or their troubles.  Through that experience we became aware of just how damaging and anti-american it is to continue to leave the matter of basic citizen rights to the arbitrary and unaccountable interests of private ownership.  You are invited to learn more about the case of Red Slider and The Z Newspaper in our current story on the matter and in future editions of the Z.  - please sign the petition and pass it along to your friends and networks.

red slider
73 supporters
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Petition to Chairman Jay Clayton, Michael S. Piwowar, Securities and Exchange Commission, Kara M. Stein

Government Investigation Into Facebook Fakes

For years Facebook has hidden the true extent of the number of fake subscribers (profiles) on their social media platform. The value of Facebook as a business is, in large part, based upon the number of subscribers to Facebook. This is the basis for advertising fees which provide revenue for the company. We assert that Facebook deliberately underestimates the number of fakes on their platform, and when they do report it, buries it into their quarterly reports and describes it in terms that disguise its true significance. We believe that Facebook has engaged in a decade long deception of the public and their shareholders. That they have allowed the practice of fake profiles to be created, numbering by their own estimate of over 270,000,000 (or more than 10%). Facebook has allowed this practice without regard for the societal impact by criminals and even terrorists, in an effort to inflate their subscriber numbers. By their own recent admission, 10% (and we believe it to be more like 40%) are fake. We implore the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to thoroughly investigate Facebook for Securities Fraud, and in addition ask the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook for unsafe and deceptive business trade practices that endanger consumers by constantly subjecting them to criminal fraud within their platform, and that Facebook has consistently failed to respond when notified of these abuses. We also believe that Facebook systematically defrauds its advertisers by claiming "reach" numbers that it knows include fake accounts. Our organization has reached out to Facebook for years to attempt to help the company recognize the extent of the problem, and develop methodologies for mitigation. Each such attempt has been ignored. We there for request a formal investigation by the SEC, and a formal referral to the FTC to address these matters, and to do so in the public arena so that shareholder, advertiser, and consumer confidence in the Facebook platform may be secured.We ask this on behalf of Facebook subscribers worldwide.The Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams9737 NW 41st Street, Suite 530, Doral, Florida 33178

Society of Citizens Against Romance Scams [SCARS]
4,490 supporters