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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


Sep 20, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 18, 2017 MARY ANNE Barth
Sep 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2017 Nancy Anderson
Sep 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 11, 2017 Nicole Abraham My son has autism, he has been bullied at school and trolled online. It is horrible and irreparable damages happen. There needs to be policies in place that help keep the internet free from bullying/ trolling.
Sep 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2017 Dawn Vecchio
Sep 10, 2017 Annette Moffett
Sep 9, 2017 Jennifer Rogers
Sep 9, 2017 Elizabeth Kidd Trolling needs to stop and at the least monitored by these groups!
Sep 8, 2017 PATTY MCGUIRE stop the nasty behavior
Sep 7, 2017 Sarah Everman
Sep 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Rachel Doak Trolling/bullying/harrassing needs to stop. Right now.
Sep 6, 2017 Sarah Turner
Sep 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2017 Stephanie Karajulles
Sep 4, 2017 Naomi Martin
Sep 1, 2017 Melissa O'Hara
Aug 31, 2017 Mary B Don't let them hide and pick on others from the shadows.
Aug 31, 2017 Cindi Howard
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed) It needs to stop!
Aug 31, 2017 Leah Santini
Aug 31, 2017 Bonnie DePaoli
Aug 31, 2017 (Name not displayed) I too have had a child who was bullied too the extreme. Almost cost him his life. Thankfully it didn't. But it has been a long hard road. Things have to change.
Aug 30, 2017 Kathryn Maguire
Aug 28, 2017 Lynne Turner
Aug 26, 2017 Ellie Rieber
Aug 26, 2017 Willem westerlaken
Aug 25, 2017 Lynne Nardini
Aug 25, 2017 Sarah Eads
Aug 25, 2017 Brenda Calderon
Aug 19, 2017 p hudson
Aug 16, 2017 Tabby Dougall
Aug 15, 2017 tommie freeman
Aug 15, 2017 Rahila Mehdiyeva
Aug 15, 2017 Lisa Thorn
Aug 14, 2017 Heather Berk
Aug 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 10, 2017 Aljaz Polic
Aug 10, 2017 Anneret Smit
Aug 9, 2017 maria lucia souza
Aug 9, 2017 Kathy Sweany
Aug 9, 2017 Carole Staples
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2017 Christine Jones
Aug 8, 2017 Linda Lemke
Aug 8, 2017 Mike Wagner
Aug 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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