Petition to Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sheryl Sandberg, Marc Andreessen, Mike Schroepfer
Mark Zuckerberg, please tell fb to stop giving animal advocates such a hard time
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, I know you love dogs so I appeal to you to help the animal advocates who use facebook to save animals lives. There are hundreds of thousands of us that use facebook to network animals that need homes and are in need of funds and many other things to help animals in need. You may not be aware that in the last year or so, facebook administrators have started making it very difficult to do this in many ways it is as if they are on a campaign to stop us from using facebook to help animals. They keep shutting down accounts for silly reasons like misusing a middle name and blocking us from sharing and tagging or even commenting which is the major part of how we work for these animals. I personally have encountered this repeatedly. We would like to know why they are ONLY enforcing these rules and policies against us??? They also have used many tactics to try to make money off of us and as you probably know animal rescue is all non profit. It seems that if you are paying money to post animals and such they leave you alone but if you are using a free account they are well harassing us. I am very aware of other types of users having fake names and they do not get harassed or made to change their names or anything. I also see promotors of violence against people and animals on facebook and they are not shut down even if the things they are showing are in violation of facebook's policies. WE THE ANIMAL ADVOCATES ARE ASKING YOU TO PLEASE STEP IN AND ASK THE ADMINISTRATORS TO STOP MAKING IT SO DIFFICULT TO SAVE AND HELP ANIMALS FROM BEING KILLED AND TORTURED. RESPECTFULLY, THE ANIMAL LOVERS OF FACEBOOK
Petition to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Facebook: Change the way your reporting system punishes people, without human review!
For a long time now, people on Facebook's social media platform have spoken out about the company's skewed censorship/reporting/removal process: how hate speech and death/rape threats are regularly reported and returned as "not violating Community Standards" while breastfeeding mothers, art photos, and other non-offensive content is often removed without warning, leading to Facebook bans and often the loss of a person's entire account. For a lot of people, their entire lives are now on or through Facebook: their kids' photos, their support groups, their significant moments, their wedding albums, etc., and when someone loses an account due to "objectionable content" - which usually means that someone who disagreed with them in an argument or who opposed their viewpoints or simply does it out of spite/hate/"trolling" has repeatedly reported normal content and Facebook's algorithms have flagged the chosen posts as "violations" - there is literally no way for a person to defend themselves or have the content manually reviewed before being punished for whatever "transgression" the reporter has decided they're guilty of. This setup is a real injustice to people who are regularly targeted by hate groups or bored trolls - LGBTQIA+ people in general have had their accounts removed after being mass-reported in literal coordinated attacks - and people who have done no actual wrong in posting content that, by the company's own definition, does NOT violate Facebook's "Community Standards". Women are punished for re-posting threats they've received, to shed light on rape culture and domestic violence, while the actual offenders "don't violate standards". This, and other similar response to unobjectionable content, is unacceptable. There is no way to call for a review, no Customer Service to contact, no e-mail or chat volunteers/employees to whom you can take your case, and the automated system that IS there does not allow for any one-on-one actual interaction, only an endless round-and-round of stock replies and shutdowns that leave people unable to respond to accusations/reports/bans... and given that Facebook would not be reaping billions in advertising revenue if not for the people that actually make up its platform, we believe that it's time the people in charge made a significant change to their reviewing process. We're asking that Facebook implement an opportunity for people who have had posts reported or removed, or who have been banned for "objectionable content", to request a manual review of their alleged infractions before being summarily penalized for something that may not even be true. For Facebook to stop allowing the use of their reporting system as a weapon for hatred or retaliation - mad at your ex? Get her banned from Facebook by having all your friends report her recipe post as pornography! Think LGBTQIA folks are perverts? Mass-report their pages until they lose the only safe place they have to express themselves! What could be wrong with that! - because by the very nature of the system, ALL Facebook "violations" are one-sided. Stop using default automated messages to tell people their pictures of puppies are spam, and allow a method by which someone has the chance to say "Oh wait, we were in error, we apologize". Stop allowing hate and trolling to lurk at the expense of THE PEOPLE FROM WHOM YOU HAVE MADE YOUR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Revamp the system to allow what literally every other company, service, and (ideally) our justice system allow: a chance to respond to accusations/violations instead of being caught in an endless feedback loop and shut out with zero options. You talk boldly about equality, rights, and fellowship, Facebook, now put your money where your mouth is. You might find that many, many, MANY people feel this way. If you truly care about us as anything other than a commodity, work with us on honesty and change!
Petition to Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger
Instagram: Stop Disabling Working, Valid Accounts
Did you know that Instagram incorrectly disables hundreds of accounts each month without logic or reason? I recently did a search on Twitter and found 63 tweets for the month of January saying "disabled" and "@instagram". That's at least 2 Instagram accounts disabled per day! Imagine having collected hundreds of photos and followers only to wake up one morning to find your account has been deactivated. That effectively means you've been blocked from accessing it and your profile is no longer visible, causing you to lose all of your photos and connections to your followers. Not to mention, when you try to reactivate your account, you can't do so because the appeal system is broken! Please join me in signing this petition asking Instagram to fix their broken systems so it: A) stops automatically disabling accounts for no reason and B) allows people to actually appeal the deactivation. Then retweet my message so the CEO and CTO know we want action. https://twitter.com/DaniAmsalem/status/826873241394409472 Suggested solutions include: Instagram can reduce the activity of bots to merely flag accounts, and hire humans who can act or ignore the accounts that were flagged. If Instagram can't put together the money to hire humans (what?) then they can debug and straighten out their system which does the banning. Unfortunately, right now if enough you piss off a group of people (bullies, competitors, spammers) and they decide to unjustly report you as a spammer, you can get your account banned. Instagram tests and debugs their appeal system so that users CAN reactivate their accounts. Plus handles their email inbox for firstname.lastname@example.org so customers can reach out. Just over one year ago, I created an Instagram account for our family business, posting 9 or so pictures of recently completed work. I woke up on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, to see our account had been disabled for "violating terms". After several days of investigating what I had done, appealing Instagram and questioning my life choices, I was able to successfully reactivate my disabled Instagram account. I wrote a Medium article entitled, How I Reactivated My Disabled Instagram Account in 3 Days and it has gone viral. Its performance statistics include: The article ranks 4th place in Google if you search, "Reactivate Disabled Instagram". As of today, January 29, 2017, it has 99K+ reads since I wrote it back in January 15, 2016. I've received 65 messages in the last year from other people having trouble with their Insta accounts. Broken down, that's 16 messages on Instagram, 19 messages on Twitter, 13 messages on Facebook and 17 messages on Medium. Instagram users are still having their accounts unfairly disabled. Just over the last thirty days, I've had 12,582 views of my article. That's an average of 419 views per day! Not to mention the 63 tweets for the month of January 2017 which include "disabled" and @instagram. My article has helped hundreds of people who, like me, had their accounts arbitrarily deactivated. But Instagram has not fixed the problem so now I want us to take action. Kevin Systrom is the CEO and co-founder while Mike Krieger is the CTO and also a co-founder of Instagram. I'm sure they're super busy duded and they've done very well with Instagram. I love using Instagram as a way to keep up-to-date with my friends and sharing pictures with my followers. I have no upset with Kevin, Mike or their staff, but incorrectly disabling our accounts is an oversight that cannot go on any longer. Who knows, maybe you'll be one of the next unlucky folks who has their account unfairly disabled and you'll wish you signed our petition! Please join me in signing this petition asking Instagram to fix their broken systems so it: A) stops automatically disabling accounts for no reason and B) allows people to actually appeal the deactivation. Then retweet my message so the CEO and CTO know we want action. https://twitter.com/DaniAmsalem/status/826873241394409472 Originally written on January 29, 2017.
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.
Petition to Snap Inc.
Snapchat, please protect our children and give us all a better experience.
Snapchat is hot! Everyone is on it. It's the new way to text. The filters are fun. Keeping streaks is a challenge. All the kids love it!! Even I love it! But there's one thing I don't love and it's the one thing that keeps me from allowing my kids to have their own account (right now, they share with me). Discover. It's the page that comes up when you swipe left. It's a page full of stories. Stories from people you're not necessarily friends with. Content from publishers. Content you never signed up to see. And that's really the problem with it. There are stories from celebrities and publishers that I've accidentally clicked on that are not PG! Hey, I get it! First ammendment. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press. I just want to be able to control what I see. Especially if I have kids seeing it too. Because let's be honest. The age guidelines are there, but they are very easy to manipulate. There is a new story from Cosmopolitan. It's called Cosmopolitan After Dark. It is basically an instruction manual for better sex and a xxx edition of truth or dare. If you want to see it, cool. Again, first ammendment. You have the right. Yada, yada... Here's what I want... and really what I think all users deserve. I want Snapchat to give it's users the option to opt out of seeing any story. Any story. From a person or a publisher. I want to be able to "Discover" different pages while having the ability to block others. I want to be able to let my children enjoy this technology without worrying about them being exposed to inappropriate content. Or worrying that they will become addicted to porn from reading so much about it on Snapchat. Let's leave the adult content to adults. I just want more control over my and my children's Snapchat experience.
Petition to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, Flickr, Pinterest, tumbler, Imgur
Do more to protect Transgender users of Social Networks
We the undersigned, call upon Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks to adopt and enforce a robust protective policy prohibiting the abuse of transgender people, specifically negative posts or images that result from a transgender person's gender identity or nonconformance to gender stereotypes. While the protection of the freedom of speech is a laudable and desirable goal, it cannot be allowed to override the right of transgender people to utilize social networks free from the harm wrought by those subjecting them to transphobic abuse including hate, bigotry, and overt discrimination.Medically documented injuries which arise from the abuse of transgender people include: dysphoria, depression, fear, isolation, feelings of hopelessness, and often can lead to an increased risk of the transgender person committing suicide. Transphobia has a precise definition, and any activity which meets its criteria must be dealt with promptly. "Transphobia is the fear, hatred, disbelief, or mistrust of people who are transgender, thought to be transgender, or whose gender expression doesn’t conform to the traditional gender roles of society. Transphobia can prevent transgender and gender nonconforming people from living full lives free from harm." Transphobia takes many different forms, including: Negative attitudes and beliefs directed towards transgender and gender non-conforming persons on the basis of their Gender Identity or the non-adherence to gender stereotypes. Expressions of aversion to and prejudice against transgender people. Expressions of irrational fear and often spreading intentionally false claims, misinformation, or disinformation about transgender individuals, or the science behind someone being so. Claiming that transgender people's access to facilities which match their gender identity is somehow dangerous, or that transgender individuals are more violent than others of their gender based on their sex identified at birth. Disbelief, Denial, Intentional Misgendering, or outright discounting of a person's preferred pronouns; or denial of their gender, sex, legal identity, or gender identity; including attempting to deny that it is possible for someone to transition their gender or sex. The use of derogatory language, and name-calling; bullying, abuse, and even violence on the basis of someone's gender Identity or nonconformance to gender stereotypes. While many of these social networks have policies which state similar goals, they are frequently not enforced or even ignored outright even when instances of explicit transphobia are reported to them by the transgender members of their networks; this is something that must change.For updates on this and other transgender issues, you can follow me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Susan_Larson_TN
Petition to Tracie Davis, Audrey Gibson, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Susan Davis, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Mike Quigley
Help families of murdered children pass Curtis’s Law
I will never forget the day those policeman came to my door to tell my that my son Curtis was dead. Your world is immediately flipped upside down and the pain grips you like nothing else you can imagine. After the initial shock wears off, you want answers. As a parent, you need basic answers. Answers to questions like: Who is investigating my child’s case, and where are their belongings? As if the pain of losing my child wasn’t enough, I had to take on the additional stress and frustration of attempting to pry these very basic details out of the law enforcement agency investigating my son’s death. In Florida, law enforcement agencies are not required to release any information about on-going murder investigations to anyone. My son’s investigation has been on-going for almost 20 years now. I had to get a lawyer to simply find out who was working on my son’s case! I would later learn that my experience was not unique. Other parents were struggling through the same process. Those who can’t afford legal counsel often give up. This is why I am working with other parents of murdered children to create a law in Florida that would require law enforcement agencies to send a letter to the parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin within 30 days of notifying them of their child’s death. The letter would include information about: Onsite police and paramedics, assigned investigators, coroner’s name, where child’s property and belongings are stored, and any available photos This would NOT be required if the child’s parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin is a suspect or person-of-interest in the child’s murder investigation. When a family faces the unthinkable, all they want is some type of closure. They shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months, or even retain legal counsel to get the basic information about their child’s case that can help our families begin to heal. Please sign this petition today and help families like mine pass Curtis’s Law today.
Petition to YouTube
#DoNotDemonetize Channels With Under 1,000 Subscribers
On January 16, 2018, YouTube unveiled a slew of changes to its YouTube Partner Program of which YouTubers must be a part in order to earn ad revenue from their hard work on the platform. These changes are the absolutely ridiculous new requirements of having at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past year. New channels had to immediately meet these thresholds before entering the YouTube Partner Program while pre-existing channels were kicked out of the program on February 20 if they did not meet both of these requirements. Thus, we are demanding that YouTube abolish these new requirements and undo demonetizing these small YouTubers for having under 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. Not only do these new rules obviously hurt already-established channels such as mine, but they also greatly hinder the ability of regular people with a dream to make YouTube their fantastically entrepreneurial job. For example, here comes a personal story, my personal story. My name is Shane Mumma and I'm the man behind the technology YouTube channel Warenotice. I started Warenotice back in 2015 when I was going through quite a hard period in my life. I was a freshman in high school and I was treated poorly by my peers, and I felt as if I was trapped in a horrible place. Then, I started Warenotice. It was my way out of whatever nonsense kids gave me at school. It was, to be honest, my "happy place." My videos were popular and I loved it. I've been totally dedicated to Warenotice ever since and now I have nearly a quarter of a million total views on YouTube. But you know what I don't have? 1,000 subscribers. So, when I read that YouTube was making these changes (you can read them for yourself here) it absolutely broke my heart. YouTube saved me from despair and makes me happier than I can even put into words. And the fact that this great feeling is set to be stolen from me soon is terrifying and deeply saddening. It's hard to justify to others spending hours upon hours working on videos if I'm not earning so much as a penny. It's also hard to even make those videos without money--I'm a tech YouTuber who needs to unbox things, and unboxings can get expensive. I also know a handful of other small YouTubers who are just getting started on the platform. The thought that the big iron hand of YouTube is set to crush their dreams too is also significantly saddening. It was bad enough that YouTube had set a 10,000 total view minimum for monetization earlier, but hey, at least that would only amount to give or take $10 of loss in the long run for YouTubers. But this early 2018 YouTube Partner Program change is absolutely ridiculous and inexcusable. I know that I will not stand by while YouTube crushes my aspirations, the aspirations of my friends, and the aspirations of small YouTubers worldwide in an effort to please giant corporate advertisers scared off by the disgusting likes of Logan Paul. YouTube, we all come from humble beginnings, and so do you. It's time you remember this and #DoNotDemonetize the up and coming YouTube star that every single last one of us is. Sincerely, Shane Mumma CEO, Warenotice youtube.com/warenotice