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Petition to YouTube

Remove White Supremacist Content From YouTube

In the wake of the most recent mosque shooting I believe it is time to take action as a community and remove white supremacist content from our platforms. One of the largest platforms for white supremacist content is PewDiePie's YouTube channel. PewDiePie has on many occasions proven once and again to promote and affiliate himself with white supremacist and Nazi ideologies. Worst of all his channel is very much aimed toward children in their formative years. The New Zealand mosque shooter even mentioned PewDiePie by name and asked people to subscribe. PewDiePie has in the past: used the N slur twice in two separate videos and has hired people to say the N slur he has promoted videos that contain Adolf Hitler speeches and anti-Semitic cartoons  he paid Indian men on website Fiverr to hold up signs that say death to all jews he performed the nazi heil in one of his videos he used images of famous African-Americans (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Barack Obama) captioned with the wrong names he made a clip of a man dressed as Jesus holding a sign stating "hitler did absolutely nothing wrong" he makes rape jokes in his face-swapping video he repeatedly uses an image of actress Leslie Jones to represent Harambe, the gorilla killed in the Cincinnati zoo last year.  Sean Vanman of Campo Anto studios which developed the popular game, Firewatch, has filed DMCA reports to remove the streams containing his games from the internet. Even though PewDiePie's streams have brought his company over 5.7 million views, Mr. Vanman saw the dangers. The Disney corporation also saw the dangers and terminated all contracts with PewDiePie. Up until 2017, YouTube considered his content "brand safe". In 2017 they took minor action to appease angered customers. It is not enough. Even if PewDiePie cleaned up his act his comment sections are still a cesspool of white supremacist activities and commentaries. At what point is YouTube legally responsible for the content it provides and allows on its platform? I believe that his actions constitute a clear and present danger to society. YouTube’s guidelines state, "if content is intended to be humorous or satirical, it may remain online, “even if offensive or in poor taste.” However, “if the uploader’s intent is to incite violence or hatred, it will be removed.”  How long will YouTube remain negligent? It's Time to remove PewDiePie from YouTube permanently and develop AI to find and remove extremist material instead of having the SPLC do their work for them. Please sign this petition.

maria ruiz
31,954 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Debian Community, DebConf Committee

Support Palestinian human rights and cancel DebConf Israel! #BoycottDebian

To the Debian community and the DebConf Committee: We are workers in tech and many other industries, and we call on you to take a stand for Palestinian rights. Respect the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement to end apartheid in Israel and withdraw the 2020 Debian Developer Conference from the University of Haifa in Israel. We call on all developers and attendees: Boycott DebConf 2020 to pressure Debian to relocate the event, and spread the word with #BoycottDebian. The DebConf Code of Conduct states that there is no tolerance for "unwarranted exclusion from conference or related events based on age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, [or] religion", yet the entire State of Israel is based on racist apartheid. In fact, the 2018 Nation-State Law of Israel codifies apartheid. This law states that the country is the nation-state of the Jewish people alone, and it denies the rights of millions of Palestinians. Instead, Palestinians live under a brutal military occupation and blockade which is recognized as illegal by the United Nations and the vast majority of the world. With tragic irony, the DebConf 2020 announcement coincides with the start of Israeli Apartheid Week and comes one year after the start of the Great March of Return. These marches are a series of ongoing protests in Gaza which demand Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes from which Zionist forces expelled them in 1948. In the past year Israeli snipers have injured thousands and killed hundreds of Palestinians. Israeli snipers murder children like 13 year-old Hasan Shalabi, medics like 21 year-old Razan Al-Najjar, and even disabled Palestinians like 29 year-old Abu Thurayya. We call upon Debian developers and DebConf to lead the Free/Libre/Open Source community and fight for human liberation as well as software liberation. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has, for 15 years, called for the boycott of cooperation with Israel and its academic and cultural institutions until the following three demands are met: 1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194 Honor the struggle of the Palestinians and boldly join the fight against apartheid! Long live Palestine!

Patricia Gorky
7 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Jack Dorsey, Anthony Noto, Adam Messinger, Vijaya Gadde, Leslie Berland

Suspend or Cancel Trump's Twitter Account

“This is my megaphone. This is who I am. This is how I communicate. It’s the reason I got elected. It’s the reason that I’m successful.” Trump said this about Twitter to an advisor in 2017 (quoted in Bob Woodward's Fear).  To the Chief Officers at Twitter: We the undersigned believe that presidential candidate, president-elect, and now president* Donald J. Trump has abused his Twitter account in such a way as warrants cancellation or suspension. We are grateful that you have already banned neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, Trump advisor Roger Stone, and others for violating Twitter rules, and ask that D.J. Trump not be allowed to continue violating those same rules with impunity. We also understand that tweeting is not a First Amendment right, as discussed in Salon, as explained clearly by CNN, and even addressed in a Twitter forum. Tweeting is speech conducted on a privately-run online platform governed by community standards and terms-of-service agreements. Even the ACLU said in August 2017 that it will no longer defend hate speech, particularly that of neo-Nazi, white supremacists. All of us recognize that Trump has in effect weaponized Twitter in an unfair and dangerous manner. Twitter policy states: All users must adhere to the policies set forth in the Twitter Rules. Failure to do so may result in the temporary locking and/or permanent suspension of account(s). Trump has demonstrably violated the following rules: Unlawful use: You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or in furtherance of illegal activities. His vindictive Dec. 6 Tweet aimed at Boeing led directly to significant drop in stock price. His Dec. 12 Tweet aimed at Lockheed Martin, precipitating a 4% drop in stock value. Abusive Behavior: Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism. The cyberbullying of steelworker union chief Chuck Jones, directly leading to death threats, was reported Dec. 8 in the NY Times. Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Trump's attack on a female college student is another example wherein the power of Twitter combined with Trump's status has directly resulted in personal destruction. Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. Trump's Nov. 30 Tweet threatening refugees is notable here as was his infamous rant against the American judge of Mexican descent. More recently we have the threatening of sports figures (whom he called "sons of bitches") exercising their freedom of speech, and the shameful attacks on the Mayor of San Juan while she deals with a catastrophe in Puerto Rico. These are just a few examples of violations that form a clear pattern, clear enough so that his Twitter abuse of nearly 300 people was graphically summarized in the New York Times. For these and other reasons the case has already been made by journalists for banning Trump from Twitter. Not surprisingly, and straight from the Nazi playbook, Trump has repeatedly referred to any critical news media as "the enemy of the people." Not included in the above is Trump's use of Twitter to avoid the press, whose duty it is to critically report to the public. Another category not found in Twitter rules is the reckless endangerment of entire populations. Trump's Dec. 22, 2016 tweet regarding nuclear weapons shows how the abuse of Twitter may accelerate global annihilation. His current tweets regarding North Korea undermine his own diplomats while moving us closer to nuclear conflict. And who's going to follow your rules if you change them to accommodate a single user who cannot follow them? Shameful.  Since Trump has taken office, his use of Twitter to spread misinformation has accelerated to such a degree that it cannot be chronicled here. He lies to sheriffs, to the military, to the press, to his supporters, and repeats it all on Twitter. He has interfered in the prosecution of a terrorist by Tweeting his advocacy of the death penalty. He routinely attacks the judiciary, senators, companies who don't like his brand, and anybody that criticizes him, often using misinformation.  Ultimately it is up to the officers of Twitter whether Trump is allowed to continue abusing people, institutions, corporations, and the planet with your powerful technology. To be blunt, Twitter is becoming with each day more complicit in everything Trump does and will do. People are increasingly demanding an explanation for Twitter's failure to enforce its rules, and the justification offered so far--that his tweets are newsworthy--is nothing more than greed. Ask yourselves, do you want to be remembered as the corporation that helped start a civil war, or World War III? Are you content to remain a fascist's megaphone, or does your company have an ounce of civic or global responsibility? We hope you make the right decision, and soon.  Thank you for your attention. To be delivered to: JACK DORSEY Chief Executive Officer @jack ANTHONY NOTO Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer @anthonynoto ADAM MESSINGER Chief Technology Officer @adam_messinger VIJAYA GADDE General Counsel @vijaya LESLIE BERLAND Chief Marketing Officer @leslieberland

Chris Monroe
15,787 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to US State Department

Ban Downloadable/Plastic Guns and Bullets

On July 31st, a United States Federal Judge blocked Cody Wilson and his organization, Defense Distributed from releasing their 3D printed gun blueprints. However, the judge did provide Wilson with other options, such as mailing USB drives with the information on them. In addition, Defense Distributed illegally released the blueprints to the public, days before they were scheduled to be granted permission.  3D printed guns are dangerous because they can be made on demand and can bypass security checkpoints undetected. Also, they have no serial number making the guns untraceable. Kids, felons, terrorists, abusers and mentally ill people could all get their hands on an unlimited amount of guns, without a single background check. A new startup has also appeared on multiple news stations because of their frightening and absurd goal. They want to give blueprints for 3D printable bullet proof vest penetrating bullets to the public at no cost. Not only is this dangerous for citizens of the United States but this organization going under the name, Atlas Arms is also anti government and encourages the bullets to be used to murder police officers.  Safe Nation demands that a bill is passed, stating that all gun and bullet blueprints are illegal to be sold or given for free in the United States. If you agree, take a minute to sign the petition because every signature counts!  Safe Nation is a student led organization fighting to end gun violence. It was founded in July, 2018 and has been fighting for gun violence ever since. Text @GUNFREE to 810-10 to subscribe to text message updates! REGISTER TO VOTE! Text @FUTURE to 644-33! Follow our social media channels to support us and to help campaign!@oursafenation on Instagram and Twitter  Visit our website! www.oursafenation.org Some users have issues signing this petition. Please email safenationhelp@gmail.com for technical support, or go to www.oursafenation.org/contact *PLEASE READ UPDATES BELOW FOR CURRENT NEWS AND GOALS*

Safe Nation
139,575 supporters