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social media

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Update posted 18 hours ago

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
2,293 supporters
Update posted 3 days 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
42 supporters