Internal documents leaked by a Change.org staffer explain that Change.org’s new “openness policy” is a result of a rapidly expanding company trying to keep up with demand. Previously, Change.org vetted petitions to ensure each petition and organization aligned with their values. A “Frequently Asked Questions” document notes that Change.org “will soon have thousands of advertisers, and is would be impossible to scaleably investigate the organizations behind all of these petitions.” The FAQ document adds, “By rejecting some advertisers because we disagree with them, we’d be implicitly endorsing those we accept and exposing ourselves to daily attacks from people who don’t think certain advertisers fit within a set of values.”
Over the last year, Change.org has been used by Men’s Rights Activists to silence Women’s speech as well Men’s Rights Activists like Red Durkin intent on harassing Women who create Women-only safe space away from Men and Male-bodied people. These MRAs do this under the guise of “progressive” politics. It is truly an Orwellian world when women identifying the source of our own oppression and seeking refuge and safe space away from such oppression is the subject of “activist” petitions.