Petition to Jack Dorsey
500 Nazi Scalps
Dear Twitter, Short version: You have a Nazi problem. We have a Nazi solution. We've gathered the top 500 Nazi and white supremacist accounts on Twitter. We listed them. We'd like them gone. We'll be checking in weekly to see the progress to goal. You started kicking Nazis off Twitter. It's your policy and it's a good idea. Profiting off high engagement users is a bad look when they're Nazis. We're here to make sure you finish what you started. tl;dr version: As you know, Twitter is brimming with active Nazis who use your platform as a tool to recruit members, spread hate, and harass other users. In the past several years, this problem has turned from a disturbing joke into a more disturbing reality. Racists and neonazis have consciously used issue coalitions to spread hate, recruit new members, undermine basic values of decency and honesty, and actively hound folks who would counter their message. Refreshingly, you've started to act on these problems. Your ban on Tila Tequila, for instance, demonstrated that you're devoted to expunging open Nazis from your platform. Since you've added a policy against hate speech, folks who openly call for genocide and racism have been put on notice. That's a good step to fulfilling your civic responsibility and recognizing that social media services aren't just content-neutral media. But that's not enough. Despite these efforts, thousands of Twitter users continue to spread disinformation, abuse, and Nazi propaganda through your network. It's not subtle. When someone uses a #1488 hashtag or expresses their violent thoughts on the JQ, they're clearly engaging in hate speech. We want to help you solve this problem. We've assembled a list of 500 prominent Nazi and white supremacist Twitter accounts. It's technically easy. Here's the list. We've also assembled the tools to automatically check on your progress to goal. About every week, we will update the sheet to see if we're on the same page. It's been widely noted that 2016 was a rough year for a lot of people. We want 2017 to be better, and we think you have an important role to play in that effort. Thanks for reading!
Petition to Twitter, Inc, Twitter
BRING BACK VINE
THIS APP IS ICONIC AND EVERYONE LOVES IT. EVERYONE HAS THAT MOMENT WHEN THEY THINK "HEY THAT'D MAKE A GREAT VINE... OH NEVER MIND". IT'S A GREAT PLATFORM FOR SELF EXPRESSION AND BRINGS THE WORLD TOGETHER WE NEED THIS ESPECIALLY IN TIMES LIKE THIS TO BRING US ALL TOGETHER FOR A GOOD LAUGH. THIS APP ALSO HELPED ARTISTS/MUSICIANS GET A FOLLOWING AND KICK OFF THEIR CAREERS. THIS IS IN ALL CAPS TO SHOW HOW MUCH THIS APP MEANS TO ME AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS.
Petition to Twitter, Inc
BRING BACK VINE (or at least let us see our revines and likes)
I, like hundreds of thousands of others, am still mourning the loss of vine. I wish there was a way I could view my old revines and likes, or if there was just an app where we can view old vines. I understand the world and internet changes, but sometimes I feel like it is not always for the best. Please, let us vine!
Petition to Melanie Martinez
Stand With Melanie Martinez
This is to stand by Melanie Martinez. Timothy Heller, the person that accused Melanie of rape told many lies that lost the trust of others and #TimothyHellerIsOverParty was trending on twitter. Including the dates, which Heller said the rape happened on June 25, 2015 but Melanie Martinez was at New York at the time. Yet people don't seem that Melanie is still innocent FOR NOW, and people are still is sending threats to her. "In the United States, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. The 14th amendment to the US Constitution guarantees to every person, aliens included, “equal protection under the law.”" - Google. Heller wrote about a difficult night in which she said she "repeatedly said no" to sexual advances from Martinez, which she claims the singer did not accept. "I have kept this secret for years, convincing myself that it wasn't a big deal and I wasn't hurt by it. The thought of accepting that my best friend raped me seems insane," Heller wrote. "But I began to get responses I wasn't expecting. Concerned ones. It's hard to say someone you loved raped you. Someone you STILL love." Heller went on to describe Martinez as her best friend, one who took her in when life was hard, but then allegedly asserted her "power and control" over Heller during her most difficult times. The post went on to claim that Martinez continued to make advances on Heller, ignoring Heller's refusals as Martinez allegedly performed oral sex on her and used a sex toy on her without consent. "The bottom line that I need to always remind myself is that: I said no," she wrote. "For TWO NIGHTS STRAIGHT. It doesn't matter that I didn't resist during the action. I had been broken down. She knew I didn't want to, I made that clear." Singer Melanie Martinez has posted additional comments in response to an accusation of sexual assault and rape by friend and fellow aspiring musician Timothy Heller. Martinez, who appeared as a finalist on The Voice in 2012, adamantly denied the accusation on Dec. 5, writing, “I am horrified and saddened by the statements and story told tonight by Timothy Heller.” On Saturday (Dec. 9), she followed up by thanking fans for their support. Read below: “I understand how hard it could be to see my side of the story, considering no one with a heart would want to invalidate anyone speaking up about this topic. I want to thank my fans who took the time to research the timeline, analyze past Instagram photos, and question the story being told, which reveal her false statements. I trusted so many people in my life who took advantage of that trust for their own personal gain. Please know that my intentions with everything that I do in my life are always pure and I would never be intimate with someone without their absolute consent.” Sign to let Melanie Martinez make music in peace, end the hate, end the threats after the accusation she denied. Stand by her. Credits: https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/8062843/melanie-martinez-the-voice-timothy-heller-additional-comments-rape-sexual-assault-accusation
Petition to Omid Kordestani, Jack Dorsey
Ask twitter to Protect the Safety of Iranian Protesters
In recent days people across Iran in major cities and dozens of smaller towns have taken to the street to voice their dissatisfaction with corruption, abuse, and economic mismanagement. The government has launched a large-scale crackdown on protesters. More than 32 people have been killed and at least 3,700 have been detained since the protests began in late December. Iranian authorities have blocked all major social media platforms to prevent communication between the protesters and ultimately put an end to the demonstrations. Twitter does not allow users from Iran to add their phone number and set up two-factor authentication that protects the users’ accounts and information. This policy puts the safety of Iranian users—especially activists—at greater risk. We ask Twitter to show a commitment to the safety of its users by preventing Iranian authorities from easily accessing the accounts of Iranian users and targeting protesters. Given the scale of the recent mass arrests in Iran, it is evident that many of detainees are peaceful protesters. What is worse, Iranian authorities have a highly troubling record of torturing and mistreating prisoners. To be clear, we are asking Twitter to offer the people of Iran the same level of account protection it offers most of its users around the globe. Join us in asking Twitter to protect the safety of Iranian protesters by enabling Iranian users to add their phone numbers to their account and receive two-factor authentication protection
Petition to Twitter, Inc, Jack Dorsey
Twitter: Improve moderation, provide Customer Service, investigate "ThreatSlayer" incident
Ever since late October in 2017, a user appeared under the name, "ThreatSlayer" and acted as an online vigilante, reporting any tweet that would be deemed as a threat. At first glance, it sounds like a good cause. In reality, however, their actions have shown to not live up to their name. As of now, ThreatSlayer is notorious for the suspension of random innocent Twitter users, only based on certain keywords within tweets. The most likely reason why that this has worked is because Twitter's moderation system is algorithm-based, so the context of tweets that are reported are not factored, not even when suspended users have sent appeals. There's been speculation that the reason the suspensions happen easily is due to ThreatSlayer using bots and/or alternate accounts to mass report "threatening" tweets. Many companies have, and still are implementing automated systems into their products. When handling such large social networks like Twitter, moderation is usually far from easy, so the chances are, they use an automated system to make the job easier. The problem with doing that, however, is that it isn't perfect, and it should not be relied on to the extent of providing almost no option for direct communication with an actual Twitter employee to resolve issues with the system. It isn't perfectly capable of carrying out the appropriate moderator actions. Twitter has already admitted to multiple errors caused by the system. As for the appeal system, a multitude of users have failed to recover their accounts due to repeated declines of their suspension appeals. Many assume that the appeals system is automated as well, therefore cannot factor in the actual context of the reported tweets, like humans can. This is the most likely reason for the declines. This has affected many users whether they are small and unknown to those with a big following. No matter how many times the ThreatSlayer accounts have been suspended, they always seem to make a comeback in one way or another. There have been cases where they have went as far as to impersonating and framing users. The user, or possibly users, behind the ongoing ThreatSlayer incident has caused distress among the Twitter community for far too long. An issue such as this should be one of Twitter's highest priorities, not just from how persistent ThreatSlayer has become, but because they have exposed a loophole in the moderation system. This level of harassment is a definite cybercrime, thus needs to be addressed and apprehended properly, so that the Twitter community will no longer be put into fear from this issue. Twitter needs to do something about their system so that it isn't as exploitable as it is now. Companies need to be aware of loopholes in their systems and work hard against them, while also providing enough outlets to let the people express how their services can be improved. Thousands of Twitter users have complained that Twitter's customer service is lacking in decency and has provided little to no help.