KickAss Torrent News and Update: Fake Petitions Deluge Change.org To Share Copyrighted Materials After Internet Users Find Alternative KickAss Torrent Sites

17 February 2017, 12:14 pm EST By Vittorio Hernandez Mobile & Apps
Authorities closing KickAss Torrents did not prevent illegal content sharers from finding alternative torrent sites and are even making fake petitions on Change.org to share copyrighted material.  ( LebTipsHD / YouTube )

After the police shuttered the KickAss Torrents site on July 22, 2016, and the U.S. Department of Justice arrested in Poland on Feb. 9 the owner of the site, torrent users eventually found other ways to share links online to torrent files. To prevent a crackdown on these alternative sites, the torrent users have started petitions on Change.org to share copyrighted material.

Rash Of Fake Petitions

However, Change.org is also being deluged by fake petitions for the promotion of links to torrent websites and shared-file of content illegally copied, Daily Star reports. The surge in fake petitions id partly due to Change.org hosting over 100 million users across the world.

But despite the dubious contents of these fake petitions on Change.org, it manages to get hundreds of signatories supporting their cause. Netizens are also sharing links to illegally copied content such as “50 Shades Darker” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.”

Dubious Websites

Not all download links shared online, though, lead the netizens to illegally copied content. Some links shared on Change.org via the fake petition lead to questionable websites instead. A Chang.org spokesperson acknowledges that like other platforms with content generated by users, it is subject to the same type of spam abuse patterns similar to other platforms.

Change.org does not allow spam under its Terms of Service. Users have the option to report to the website a petition as spam. After Change.org receives the reports and determines the petition is fake, it would be removed from the platform.

Meanwhile, Earnspree identifies several KickAss Torrents alternatives identified by torrent users. These are kat.how, https://katcr.co/new/, ExtraTorrent.cc, Torrentdownloads.me and 1337x.to. In addition to these five alternative sites, there are also several KickAssTorrents mirror websites such as kickasstorrentsan.com, kickass.cd, katproxy.site and kat.al.

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