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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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Sep 15, 2017 Kathryn Gallagher
Sep 15, 2017 Joan Hatcher
Aug 22, 2017 L Hemm
Aug 21, 2017 Melissa Lohman
Aug 21, 2017 Cynthia Super
Aug 19, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2017 Caryl Saint Clair
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 30, 2017 Goldie Antelman
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Jul 25, 2017 Patty Currey
Jul 20, 2017 Donald Windus
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Jul 5, 2017 Lynn Ronconi
Jul 5, 2017 Renee Edmisten
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Jun 19, 2017 Wilfred Mendez
Jun 17, 2017 Emily Siepiela
Jun 17, 2017 Paul Dearden
Jun 17, 2017 Christine Collinge
Jun 17, 2017 Elliot Sartin
Jun 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2017 Sandra Maher Any kind of bullying only proves the bully is a coward. Remember that! Fight back!
Jun 16, 2017 Sarah Randell Let's stop cyber bullying!!!
Jun 16, 2017 Sherry Douglas When I was a child I was bullied at school but I could come home and get away from it because I had friends that live near me that loved me and my family love me period today kids don't have a chance to get away with social media you can't get away from i
Jun 16, 2017 Brandy Zebri
Jun 16, 2017 Melissa Longmire Less hate. More love. Best luck!
Jun 16, 2017 William Whitsett
Jun 16, 2017 Veronica Przytulski
Jun 16, 2017 Brenda Betts Do the right thing.
Jun 16, 2017 Jerilynn L Franklin
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Jun 16, 2017 Margaret Welch
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Jun 16, 2017 don schmidt
Jun 16, 2017 Bonnie Pratt It is past time for all of the internet companies to step up and find a way to stop allowing trolling on their sites our children are being subjected to hate and violence on a daily basis it is time to demand action by the leaders of the internet !!!
Jun 16, 2017 lynne mcgarry
Jun 14, 2017 Marcia Taylor
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Jun 14, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Jun 11, 2017 Doug Helliesen
Jun 10, 2017 Joyce Haskins
Jun 10, 2017 Donna Reynoso-Brand
Jun 10, 2017 Carole Ebner
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Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 5, 2017 Toby Cardoso
Jun 1, 2017 Lea Faulks
May 27, 2017 Rhonda Stroud

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