BAN PewDiePie Petition Violates United States Law & Change.org Terms

Change.org‘s goal is to provide a medium to make the world a better place. They hold clear terms of service regarding defamation and law. However, a petition has recently surfaced calling to “Remove White Supremacist Content From YouTube”, and has been given a pass. As we previously discussed on PewNews, while on the surface this seems like a good cause, the title is simply a disguise for the real purpose of the petition: BAN PewDiePie from YouTube.

After recent news, the petition creator has added sources to all of the claims. However, as you can tell by clicking the sources, many of them don’t actually support the claims. For example, one of the claims listed in the petition reads:

He made a clip of a man dressed as Jesus holding a sign stating ‘Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong’

Felix has never done this and no evidence has ever been obtained to support this claim. The “source” provided was a link to a Wall Street Journal article, which does not include any valid evidence.

This petition does more than just lie, it also violates Federal Law established by United States Supreme Court precedent. The concurring decision of the Supreme Court in the case New York Times co. V. Sullivan (1964) reads:

The Court today announces a constitutional standard which prohibits a public official from recovering damages for a defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves that the statement was made with “actual malice” — that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.

SCOTUS Justice Goldberg (1964)

They key point here is reckless disregard of whether it was false or not. The petition displays this form of actual malice as it tries to base a defamatory argument using lies and fallacies as evidence. Furthermore, at the time of upload the petition included no evidence (or false evidence). This information could easily classify the petition as illegal defamation. I’m not supposed to give my own personal opinion, but that’s pretty bad…

Additionally, the petition is also in great violation of Change.org’s Terms of Service:

If we are put on notice that your campaign or content violates the law or the rights of others (for example, if it is established that it is defamatory or violates privacy, intellectual property or publicity rights or others, or is funding an illegal activity), if we discover that your campaign or content violates our Community Guidelines, or if we believe your campaign or content is inappropriate or objectionable, we may remove it from our platforms or we may make edits to bring your content into compliance.

Change.org Terms of Service

As of April 11 2019, change.org has not removed the petition despite it being in Violation of United States Law and their own Terms of Service. However, Change.org has been quick to remove petitions created in order to remove the illegal petition (even though those petitions did agree with their Terms of Service).

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38 thoughts on “BAN PewDiePie Petition Violates United States Law & Change.org Terms

    1. LOL. We have two Muslim congresswomen who are far more openly antisemitic, online and in person. But no one cares about that.

  1. Well what else do you expect from a sillicon valley based operation like change.org except for “political correctness” and hypocrisy.

  2. This is so bad change.org is not what it claims to be anymore it is blocking people protesting against an illegal petition and therefore supporting the illegal petition but I also have a question you as you didn’t state or give example of any petition being taken down by change.org so would you be able to tell any? that would be great but overall this is so sad

  3. I like how this is turning from a meme into a legit informative site. Granted, tongue in cheek, but still informative.

  4. Man, I love PewNews. This is the truth about SJW’s trying to ban Pewdiepie: They’re authoritarian hypocrites who think that they can do whatever they want to because their mother and daddy never said “no”. You have my support, Pewdiepie!

  5. poppy come on. your late. were supposed to write a follow up story on this. your supposed to be at the studio. i don’t want to get mad at you poppy. but thats the 3rd time this month.

    up your game.
    -Gloria

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