Truth and Transparency Foundation

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  • ZindagiNaMilegiDobaara


    On the afternoon of Monday December 31, 2018, the Truth and Transparency Foundation (TTF) was

    issued four separate takedown requests with a total of 63 documents. The request came from the

    Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, more commonly known as “Watch Tower”, the

    governing organization of the religious group known as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is the TTF’s

    third time receiving such a request, this being the first regarding a withdrawal of documents

    not related to Mormonism.

    All the documents included in the requests are currently hosted on the website of TTF project

    FaithLeaks, which serves as a site to host confidential documents from religious institutions.

    The entirety of the documents were published in late April or early May 2018, eight months before

    the requests.

    Why the takedown request was not issued closer to the documents’ publication is unclear, but the

    requests were delivered shortly after a profile of Jason Wynne, founder of the website, was published in the Norwegian newspaper Fædrelandsvennen. AvoidJW once hosted

    thousands of documents relating to Jehovah’s Witnesses. In early 2018, they were taken down and

    are slowly being republished by the TTF on FaithLeaks. All 63 documents in question were once on


    All but two of the documents are related to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ annual regional convention.

    Each year, religious leaders from Watch Tower tour different regions of the world to attend and

    speak at conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses where members are instructed and educated. These

    leaders include a group of eight men known as the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the high

    est leaders of the institution.

    Among the documents are the content and outlines of talks given in the 2016 and 2017 tours. The

    TTF has also published content of the 2018 convention, but these were not included in the takedown request.

    Salt Lake City based attorney Lincoln Hobbs penned the TTF’s most recent response to Watch Tower.

    He claimed the documents are legally published under fair use for for “purposes such as

    criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching . . . scholarship, or research,” quoting 17 U.S.

    Code § 107.

    After citing two court cases with similar situations, he argued the TTF’s strongest point in its

    favor is that the documents’ publication was “indisputably noncommercial” and will not likely

    “interfere with the market for Watch Tower’s materials to its followers.”

  • ZindagiNaMilegiDobaara

    Just nudging it up !

  • ElderEtta

    more bumping

  • careful

    Thx for the informative post.

  • Brokeback Watchtower
    Brokeback Watchtower

    Watchtower corporation is just a Paper Tiger. nothing more!

    They are just trying to hit them with their best shot.

  • ZindagiNaMilegiDobaara


    Thank you

  • Simon

    Tip, things are more readable if text is posted as a singe block of text - that way it wraps properly whatever device people are using. When each line is it's own paragraph, it becomes unreadable at anything but the largest screen size which can result in people not really reading it and then not bothering to reply.

    If people don't reply, the answer isn't to artificially force it back to the top - that becomes spammy. Better to think about how it's presented and the title of the topic.

    For instance, do people need to know what the "truth and transparency foundation" is to want to read it? Maybe a title of "WatchTower issues takedown notices to JW information site" would create more views.

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