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The internet is a vast and wonderful thing. It allows for instant access of information and the free dissemination of ideas from people of all walks of life. But this isn't always a good thing.

There's plenty of people who use the anonymity of the internet to tear others down and spread hate.

Trolling is, according to OxfordDictionaries.com, "the act of making deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them." Trolling is not constructive. It does not add to the sense of community. Its sole purpose is to threaten, upset, or intimidate others online.

Nearly as long as they have been around, social media companies have turned a blind eye to this problem. The problem is vast and requires companies to have serious discussions about the kind of behavior they want to play host to. No one is saying these conversations will be easy, but they must take place.

Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are some of the most popular social media platforms in existence. None of them have terms of service which ban trolling outright. Twitter’s own top lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, has admitted the company has been "inexcusably slow" in fighting off vicious online abuse.

If the internet is to be the democratizing force it was dreamed of becoming, these social media sites must provide a safe space for people to share their views without resorting to intimidation through trolling.

Trolling is the ultimate anti-social behavior. Tell Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to revise their terms of service to ban trolling.

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Dear Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki,

I am writing to ask you to revise your company’s terms of service to ban the act of trolling on your social media platforms.

OxfordDictionaries.com defines trolling as "the act of making deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them. "

Trolling is not constructive. It does not add to the sense of community. Its sole purpose is to threaten, upset, or intimidate others online. Having users whose sole goal of using your service to tear down others does not reflect positively on your business and hurts many people, often minority voices, in the process.

I am asking you to take a clear and deliberate stand against trolling on your social media platforms. Protections of free speech in the First Amendment are designed to protect against government censorship. It does not limit you from controlling what behavior and speech will or will not be tolerate on your privately owned websites.

Please, do the right thing. Ban anti-social behavior from your platforms and get rid of trolls that would use it as a tool to hurt and demean others.

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Feb 21, 2018 John Heckler
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
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Feb 4, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Feb 1, 2018 J.E. Lepanto
Jan 31, 2018 Donna Selquist
Jan 31, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Jan 31, 2018 Beverly Brzycki
Jan 31, 2018 Robin Bressler
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Jan 31, 2018 robert dowling
Jan 31, 2018 Annicka Chetty
Jan 31, 2018 Gary Gilardi
Jan 31, 2018 cathy mitchamore
Jan 31, 2018 Dawn Bowers
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Jan 31, 2018 Lesli Cetrulo
Jan 24, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jan 16, 2018 cara frame
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jan 7, 2018 thomas friedman
Jan 3, 2018 Janie Anderson u will pay for your complicity
Jan 3, 2018 Deborah Herath
Dec 30, 2017 Linda Hernandez Keep the social media sites safe for everyone..esp our children
Dec 21, 2017 TUSHAR SEN
Dec 15, 2017 Janis Higgins
Dec 14, 2017 teresa kravitz
Dec 13, 2017 Donna Brock
Dec 2, 2017 Sue Ellen Lupien
Dec 1, 2017 Traci Ball
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Dec 1, 2017 christine etapa
Nov 26, 2017 Marcos Carrillo
Nov 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
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Nov 25, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 25, 2017 Vic Ventura
Nov 25, 2017 Jimmie Lynne Berry
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Nov 25, 2017 Kathi Geukes
Nov 25, 2017 melek korel
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Nov 17, 2017 Peggy Burns
Nov 17, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Nov 14, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 7, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 7, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Oct 31, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Oct 31, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher

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