And man that data must be IMMENSE
Also if you sign up for petition updates the info goes to the organisation or person running the petition and change.org don't cover it, whoever you're giving it to can use it for anything 🙃
@babe no, this was a legitimate (for what that's worth) petition aimed at right-wingers. possibly y.xl.y-l.nn.n-related now i think about it, but i can't seem to find anything now?
it was being passed around with a request for money to "help spread the word", but the thread went on to discuss how they monetise the data they gather.
[edit: just realised why i wasn't able to find it on birbsite: it was actually in private eye: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkUczGRX0AA3dft.jpg ]
That is a brilliant observation--I've signed many change.org petitions without once looking under the hood.
Prompted by your toot, I just looked them up to discover they are not a non-profit, but a for-profit corporation using the .org domain. They have an immense staff. Very disconcerting.
Thanks for waking me up on this! I feel very naive!
@gamerswift13 their business model is based around sponsored petitions and access to emails through signatures, most petition sites do the same thing https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/10/17/activism-for-profit-change-org-makes-an-impact-and-makes-money/#2fc96db87ffa
@babe We've actually used that platform to push for an indictment against animal abusers that were "untouchable."
It has some value, the platform, but it seems they do play on people's desire to actualize change with slacktivism.
No doubt they're in it just for the money and data, but they do offer free mass email to everyone who digitally signs.
It's an evil that can be used for good, in my opinion.
@WTFFlorida yeah, I'm aware of the results it's had. That's their justification for running the platform but it doesn't change that data mining and commoditization of empathy is the core of their business model. People are mostly unaware of how their data is being treated by them and it's extremely unethical.
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