free speech

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Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to CNN, News Organizations, FOX News, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC

Stop news bias, give us neutral reporting

The news media plays a vital role in keeping American citizens informed of current events in order to make important decisions. Their role is to provide the public with accurate and transparent coverage of important stories in a neutral manner.  They should not take sides when doing straight reporting. However, too many journalists use their position in media to push their own agenda to support a cause or a political party.  This advocacy journalism is pervasive in most national news (tv, radio, print & online) and it is difficult to differentiate between fact & opinion.  This sensationalized and biased reporting is manipulative and insulting to the American people and I feel it every time I see it - whether it be left or right leaning reporting. Few journalists are held accountable for one sided reporting.  The media companies benefit from biased and sensationalized reporting because it sells more advertisement and the polarization keeps their audience in place.  Politicians benefit from this arrangement because they have an ally/advocate for their cause - they simply show up at their preferred news outlet and together they will deliver a well crafted and consistent message.  It is the American people who are left with little value in this equation. We are continuously offered pre-packaged talking points and conclusions which leave little room for working through our own individual thought processes. This matters because biased reporting keeps the power in the hands of the elite media rather than with American citizens.  This goes to the core of who we are as a country where freedom of thought is our most important virtue. We call on leaders of national news organizations to declare there is a systemic problem of biased reporting and move their organizations toward neutrality.  Specifically that  they publish and enforce guidelines which motivate journalists to minimize their bias and provide different perspectives of a given issue with equal enthusiasm regardless of their personal opinion. Also to clearly delineate straight reporting from opinion, so the two are not mixed. Trust of U.S. news is at an all time low. If we ignore this problem our country will continue down a path of polarization and disenfranchisement. We desperately need reliable, accurate and transparent news that supports free thought.  

Michael Smith
73 supporters
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Petition to Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump

STOP Facebook & others from banning free speech in America!

Hello, My name is Floyd Yancey. I'm an activist/artist. I created the "anonymous" logo for the activist group.. I pioneered some of the first 3d cartoon characters. Floyd Farnsworth and Yancey Fry are named after me on the tv toon show Futurama.. as I made some of their first 3d characters. I'm banned from facebook for political reasons, of which, facebook will not declare. I'm extremely pro-freedom of speech. I allow others to have conflicting viewpoints on my page, ( and even hurl insults at me if they so choose.I view art/ religion/ politics/ sexual preference all as a form of freedom. I play the part of the internetboogyman, (I'm even portrayed in a video game "Watchdogs 2") however, I try to influence the kids in a positive direction.I'm anti-big goverment. I try to get people to question what ideas are dished out to them. My idea, of true equality/freedom of speechis to not favor one religion/political view/sexual preference over others. This challenges established cultural beliefs and norms.Some can't handle it. I view it like this. In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs, would obliterate the symbology/art of their predecessors, or replace the names, thusrewriting history. Some people get offended by naked greek statues. Some are offended by religious beliefs of others. I feel that tearing down statues, art, rewriting history that offends is wrong. I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to be heard. Not one side/belief silenced to uplift another. In the early days of the internet (Like 1991) there weren't many ads.Individuals didn't have to compete with big business to be seen. When google sold placement, a void was created for the individual. The musician, artist, philosopher etc.. lost a valuable venue for free exchange of information. Facebook, twitter and the like filled that void, and profited off the desire of people to be heard. It was a place were people didn't have to fight businesses buying ads. Over time the same thing happened there. The individuals reach shrank. I was one of the few that fought on. Tried to grow.Facebook, and others realized something new. Something sinister. They could manipulate mass opinion for profit. Instead of positioning ads, their algorithms could be used to push a political candidate, squash the voice of a foreign voting faction to manipulate elections, bash an activist, or idolize a singer. With a few changes to some settings, a musical sensation could pop up overnight. Also, a rebel faction in say... Iran, could be silenced from communication. Free speech on the internet is so, so much more than anyone considers it. Those that can manipulate it, are all powerful. Zuckerberg realized this and petitioned John Podesta in released wikileaks emails, to try to use this for political benefit.. These media companies know exactly what power they wield. People... like me. Try to make people aware. I'm a threat, so I need to be silenced. I was. America, needs to reign in these companies and act as a free speech outlet. When we become a haven for free speech, people in oppressed countries have a goal. They can hide in our internet walls, exchange ideas without fear. Cultures change. Ignorance can't be fostered and manipulated. Propaganda looses power. People become more educated.. on their own. In reality, this is a battle for humanity and the fate of the world.. and the descisions we make now, could influence generations to come. It's something precious that needs to be guarded. -Floyd Z.

floyd yancey
53 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, USA Today, Randi Zuckerberg

Disrupt Hate! News organizations : Disable commenting on Facebook & Instagram

Technology serves so many great purposes. But with social media and website commenting, we've seen the rise of the cyber bully and the Internet troll. In the wrong hands, social media has fed the very worst parts of modern-day society. It has contributed to the rapid spread of organizations like ISIS, as well as created an epidemic of misinformation. However, this is not a call to disband social media altogether; it serves many worthwhile purposes. I know I'm not alone in wishing we could strengthen our society, as it seems pretty badly beaten up by escalating violence and disunity. Seeing at least 15 slaughtered UN peacekeepers in the Congo belittled on a Washington Post Facebook post... I hit my breaking point. Not because I think the guy who said, "why waste time trying to being peace to these animals We need to get out of every country we trying to save and just let them all kill themselves. They dont want us there to begin with.. [sic across the board here]," shouldn't have equal right to share his voice, but because the news media and guys like Zuckerberg have gotten really good at both recognizing yet sidelining this problem.  I'm asking news outlets and Mark Zuckerberg to take one simple step to address the negative impact that news on social media has caused.  This petition is a call to disable news story comments - not all reactions or interactions, just comments. I'm not calling for censorship; I'm simply asking news organizations to do on Facebook & Instagram what they are already doing on their websites: Switch off comments.  Media outlets have had comments disabled on their websites for years, closing the door to exposure and risk. Why should their Facebook and Instagram pages be any different? BUT: I'm a marketing professional, so I have a suspicion that news outlets are trying to defeat the Facebook & Instagram algorithms and of course compete with each other. If encouraging commenting on these platforms gets their stories shared more widely, then they have no reason to turn off commenting. So perhaps Zuckerberg could tweak the formula for news pages: Add more weight to the emoji and share reactions so news organizations don't lose out on exposure - but they'll also have to level the playing field, applying the change to all pages in the category. Commenting still exists for the private user - and they can irritate or inform their friends the same way they already do by sharing the post - but on the news outlet's page itself... is it even necessary?  As a marketing professional, I'm aware of some of the more manipulative tactics practiced on unsuspecting social media users. The "virtual world" has had significant impact on weak-willed or less informed individuals. It's the responsibility of news media and social media outlets to recognize their role as contributors to the tone, rather than prioritizing voyeuristic data gathering and social experimentation. For those inclined to hate and to incite hate in others, social media has been wildly successful. This is not news. Abusive sentiments and escalating arguments between people who, heretofore, would've had no reason to communicate, are contributing to an environment steeped in agitation, tension, and anxiety. My sincere hope is that with this simple adjustment, we might somehow recover a bit of our lost unity and, once again, that social media will facilitate connections rather than stir discord.  Please share online with hashtag #disrupthate

Sarah Williams
213 supporters