I am happy to say that today, after nearly a year of trying, I finally got someone at Americans Elect to communicate with me.
I’m sorry to say that the content of the communication was a takedown notice.
Last night, I reported on Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine’s contention on his question-and-answer website that despite being funded by at least one billionaire, Americans Elect couldn’t share the list of its funders and officers on its website because it had “limited funds and resources.” I shared quotes of Joshua Levine making claims to that effect. I shared quotes of other people proclaiming that he wasn’t making sense — that a person could post the required information at no cost in minutes. And then I shared a quote of Joshua Levine devoting his “limited funds and resources” later that evening to promoting an appearance by Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman on the Colbert Report. It was a pretty typical Americans-Elect-says-one-thing-and-does-another post.
This morning, Joshua Levine issued a takedown notice using Americans Elect’s terms of service through its “Get Satisfaction” service, requiring that I remove all quotations of that material from the Irregular Times website and refrain from quoting any of that material in the future.
I’d like to to be able to share with you quotes of that material to better document what happened — but the Americans Elect corporate takedown measure prevents me from doing so. I’d better pay attention — besides being funded by at least one billionaire, Americans Elect has a team of lawyers it’s ready to deploy. I’m still paying off my student loans and I don’t have a stable of lawyers. The best I can do is point you to this web page for documentation.
If Americans Elect is so thin-skinned that it won’t permit the quotation of discussions on its Q&A website, how is it going to invigorate democracy?