Kentucky Attorney General Addresses Topix Website

By: MacKenzie Bates Email
By: MacKenzie Bates Email

He says his office has received 'dozens' of complaints about it, so Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway now says he's looking into a controversial website.

Conway sent a letter to Topix.com C.E.O Thursday, asking about the site's policies for dealing with abusive posts, and the fees charged to remove them.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway wrote a letter with Connecticut’s Attorney General asking for information about topix's fee to have abusive comments removed.

Conway says "The feedback system topix has put in place is actually designed to maximize topix' revenue from the 'priority review' feedback options, rather than providing other effective tools to properly monitor its site for and remove posts that violate its terms of service."

Some people we talked to do not like the website.

“If you have something against somebody, then you can get on there and bash that person where a lot of people can see it because a lot of people know about it now.”

“I think it's pretty pointless and that you shouldn't be able to criticize people like that. Yeah, you've got freedom of speech but you shouldn't slander like they do and bash individuals.”

The Topix C.E.O. is firing back.

Chris Tolles told the Lexington Herald-Leader about the options for having a comment removed.

"Flagging a post for abuse; filing feedback with topix, with specific information about a post's contents; or paying $19.99 for priority processing of a complaint."

The two people we talked to were subjects of a topic on the website once.

“They said something about me getting in a fight in grade school and the guy just punched me in the back of the head and ran off. The next thing you know, people are saying I got whipped and making fun of me. I don't know who these people are.”

“People on there saying how much they don't like me and then other people they won't say stuff to me.”

Both wish people would just follow the old saying, if you do not have something nice to say, do not say anything at all.

Tolles accuses Conway of grandstanding and intimidation and insists that his site operates with appropriate and timely oversight.

Conway says paying to have a negative about you taken off poses serious protection concerns.


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