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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,

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Apr 19, 2018 Sandra Greene
Apr 14, 2018 Susan Harmon
Apr 13, 2018 kevin juniper
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 8, 2018 Gail Lefèvre
Mar 30, 2018 Carole Kubik
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Simpson We must find away to put more security in place to protect each member of Facebook. We have to stop the trolls, we also need to stop internet bullying. We can not afford the beaches that have occurred lately. Help protect the consumer. Stop the insanity.
Mar 24, 2018 Jodi Abel
Mar 15, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Mar 13, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Mar 13, 2018 Mary Hunt
Mar 7, 2018 MARJORIE HILL
Mar 5, 2018 Laura Harris
Mar 5, 2018 Kim Hanke
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Feb 26, 2018 Betty Finley
Feb 24, 2018 Chris Leverich
Feb 13, 2018 Pamela FOSKY
Feb 13, 2018 Robert Furem
Feb 12, 2018 Toby Cardoso
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Feb 8, 2018 Edward Deutch
Feb 7, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 4, 2018 miriam feehily
Feb 1, 2018 Russell Jackson
Jan 27, 2018 Bennie Davis
Jan 25, 2018 Mark Turner
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Jan 25, 2018 Reid Larimore
Jan 24, 2018 Walter Johnson
Jan 14, 2018 Sue Ellen Lupien
Jan 2, 2018 Jodi Ford
Dec 28, 2017 thomas friedman
Dec 17, 2017 Terri Lynch
Dec 14, 2017 Vatrina Faudree
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 8, 2017 Phyl Morello
Dec 7, 2017 Ken Stein
Dec 1, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 30, 2017 Lori Nightingale
Nov 26, 2017 Choky Alvarez Trolling and making treats has to stop
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Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Nov 12, 2017 jennifer palladino
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