"Topix" Message Board Website Criticized For Allowing "Abusive, Cruel" Comments

May 25, 2011 Full story: www.lex18.com 78

LEX 18 is on special assignment asking the question: "When does the popular message board, Topix, go too far?" Many people say the website posts abusive comments that can ruin reputations, to the point where the attorney general's office gets dozens of complaints on a regular basis.

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Orlando, FL

#1 May 26, 2011
when?

years ago.

thousands affected and national media are afraid 2 cover

people put full names in the title and ur screwed

Since: Mar 10

Location hidden

#2 May 26, 2011
I have had more than my share of abusive, cruel comments on Topix.

But I have also learned valuable life-lessons on Topix and made good friends. I have learned how to be much stronger and a better communicator, on the Topix forums.

I have read the best commenting anywhere here.

It is a message board that is evolving, as the whole arena of social media evolves, as the outer-limits of free speech are explored. It deserves credit for what it has, something overlooked in the criticism about Topix.

“This is the real Aaron L”

Since: Dec 09

Cincinnati,Ohio

#5 May 27, 2011
topix is a dangerous website that causes people to kill themselves or hurt others
words do hurt people
if u cant understand that then im sorry if thats how u feel
we all do have our own opinions but sometimes we gotta keep some things to ourselves
yes i know there are people u dont like but topix is not the answer to getting things off ur chest
if somethin bothers about them u talk to a friend or family member u can trust and that will listen
just please think what if u were in their shoes

“This is the real Aaron L”

Since: Dec 09

Cincinnati,Ohio

#7 May 29, 2011
The M0untains V0ice wrote:
Excellent story. Not over yet I don't believe. Author is one of the reporters for the TV Station: LEIGH SEARCY
She found my website, which is what alerted her to the States Attorney General "Agreement" with Topix. The one that is a joke. I've talked to Leigh, and plan on hopefully collaborating more. I am actively seeking out media stories like this to encourage. Anyone in the media, or having a problem with Topix is welcome to contact me for help. I will help publicize your problem.
I am currently writing a "Media Kit" that educates everyone as to the role of Gannett, Tribune and McClatchy in this filthy site. I will be distributing it widely beginning next week. The FIRST target will be Topix Partner sites. I intend to educate them on all the Partner Sites that dumped the service because of the destructive hate comments that flourished under the reighn of Topix.
Time for Topix to EVOLVE into a responsible and productive member of media society, or pass away.
MY Lawsuit and resources available to others, including the Topix Agreement with several dozen States Attorney Generals can be found at my website:
http://tinyurl.com/5slsqgx
Peace,
- david (aka The Mountains Voice)
thank u for everything u are doing
i hope u win ur case

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#8 May 29, 2011
You guys are going to have a hard time trying to convince people you believe Topix is so evil if you keep posting here.

Not that I am against your cause of making Topix a bit nicer.

But I think the TMs have that same goal.

“This is the real Aaron L”

Since: Dec 09

Cincinnati,Ohio

#10 May 29, 2011
millions are already convinced

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#11 May 29, 2011
I am sure they still post on topix too.

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#12 May 29, 2011
BTW by making these threads, and attempting to harass the TMs you are also taking time away from them that could be spent doing away with the trash on Topix.

Be a POSITIVE reinforcement for change. Not a negative one.

Believe me, I agree with you on alot of things. But you aren't going to bully Topix into doing what you want.

And you certainly don't want no Nanny controlling what gets posted on the internets by private companies.

I have seen Topix has been making steps to cut down on the trolling and hatefulness.

They however wont usually take sides, and demand a give and take solution that some that want it all don't like.

“This is the real Aaron L”

Since: Dec 09

Cincinnati,Ohio

#13 May 29, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
BTW by making these threads, and attempting to harass the TMs you are also taking time away from them that could be spent doing away with the trash on Topix.
Be a POSITIVE reinforcement for change. Not a negative one.
Believe me, I agree with you on alot of things. But you aren't going to bully Topix into doing what you want.
And you certainly don't want no Nanny controlling what gets posted on the internets by private companies.
I have seen Topix has been making steps to cut down on the trolling and hatefulness.
They however wont usually take sides, and demand a give and take solution that some that want it all don't like.
lol no one is harassing anyone in this matter
i dont care if u dont like the fact people are fighting to get the dangers of topix stopped
what u are doing rightnow is an example of why we the victims want justice on the abusers

“This is the real Aaron L”

Since: Dec 09

Cincinnati,Ohio

#14 May 29, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
I am sure they still post on topix too.
of course they do
they have a right to defend theirself against outragous lies and harassing posts

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#15 May 29, 2011
AaronL wrote:
<quoted text>of course they do
they have a right to defend theirself against outragous lies and harassing posts
Agreed 100%.

But there is a way to go about that that is more effective that acting just like them. Which is what I hope isn't going on.

You'd be amazed how far being civil and patient will get you.

“This is the real Aaron L”

Since: Dec 09

Cincinnati,Ohio

#16 May 29, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed 100%.
But there is a way to go about that that is more effective that acting just like them. Which is what I hope isn't going on.
You'd be amazed how far being civil and patient will get you.
im not acting like them in any way
im being civil
u dont see me posting lies after lies about people do u?
no u dont

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#17 May 29, 2011
I am sorry if you took that as If I was accusing you. I apologize.

“This is the real Aaron L”

Since: Dec 09

Cincinnati,Ohio

#18 May 29, 2011
-Kevin- wrote:
I am sorry if you took that as If I was accusing you. I apologize.
no problem man i accept ur apology
Let Freedom Ring

West Bend, WI

#19 Jan 11, 2012
I rather like the honesty of Topix and the right to proclaim "freedom of speech"...
Yes there are drawbacks....with people you do not agree with...but is that not what Democracy is all about?
In life I have to put up with Democrats/Republicans...if I do not like what they say...I "turn the other cheek" and will still hold true to my values....but yet will also express my opinion....openly to anyone to get my message across.
Topix is an open Forum....I do not appreciate "censorship"......ho w can you understand the problem...if you are stiffed by the freedom of expression...to proclaim the problem....
Freedom of speech...All the WAY...
GOOD...BAD..OR...INDIFFERENT.. ...It is the American Way....Freedom of Speech...without CENSORSHIP!
Lex 18: With your fight...you are trying to Censor...Topix
You Are Trying to Censor "Freedom of Speech"
You Are Trying to Censor "First Amendment Rights"
Shame on you!!!
To stifle or "censor" our right to express ourselves naturally as our human persons..is Communism...not Democracy....

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#20 Jan 11, 2012
Topix doesn't have freedom of speech. It's a privately owned world-wide company that can and will remove posts it wants to.

We are a Republic, not a Democracy

“unstoppable”

Since: Jul 11

Hell

#21 Jan 11, 2012
-Kevin- wrote:
Topix doesn't have freedom of speech. It's a privately owned world-wide company that can and will remove posts it wants to.
That's not what Chris Tolles says:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/utica-ny/T131...

Since: Nov 09

Smirk .. ;-)

#22 Jan 11, 2012
_Olive_ wrote:
<quoted text>
That's not what Chris Tolles says:
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/utica-ny/T131...
He is more talking about being able to post anonymously. Topix has free speech unless you are being verbally abusive, or taking the rights away from others. Which really isn't free speech.
meaBADboy

Gallatin, TN

#23 Jan 11, 2012
*rolls eyes*

[falls down]

How the hell do you do that Ginny?

“unstoppable”

Since: Jul 11

Hell

#24 Jan 11, 2012
-Kevin- wrote:
<quoted text>
He is more talking about being able to post anonymously. Topix has free speech unless you are being verbally abusive, or taking the rights away from others. Which really isn't free speech.
He is talking about freedom of speech on Topix.

But I personally agree, when it takes away the rights of others, it is not free speech anymore. But if you look on the thread, the woman who wrote the article, is being called fat and ignorant all over it. Are her rights being taken away? or is this free speech?

I think a working definition of free speech, is needed.

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