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3 Months & Still NO ACTION on Protecting My Writing

Today, I removed my posts with interviews I conducted with Iraqi refugees because World Pulse's Terms of Service require I abdicate my control of anything I post on this site to World Pulse. These are exclusive stories, and by posting on this site, I grant World Pulse the rights to edit and repost these sensitive interviews anywhere World Pulse wants, in any format, without my permission or knowledge -- forever, which means any company that buys World Pulse in the future has the right to control my work. See the paragraph below and full Terms of Service at

Since I have a commitment to keep these refugees safe, I have opted out of participating in World Pulse.

I am very disappointed in World Pulse's lack of response to this issue. Their motto is noble: "No one speaks for me. I speak for myself." Yet, their decision to require me to legally give up control of my work -- my voice -- as well as those of the women and children I've interviewed -- is counter to this noble goal. I first raised this issue via emails to Jensine a month before I posted publicly on this site, and there is still no change at World Pulse. I waited another 6 weeks following Jensine's response to previous threads about this subject, but there's still no change. ...Very disappointing.

To view a variation of my original posts as well as other interviews with refugees of the Iraq War, please visit:

These interviews are part of my forthcoming journalistic memoir about my work in the Middle East with Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. To become part of my personal email list of friends and family who will get a special pre-publication discount, please email me directly at I'm pulling out of World Pulse and will not be monitoring emails sent through this site.

Kelly Hayes-Raitt
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Terms of Service Process

Hi Kelly -

Good to hear from you! My previous response to your important concerns has not changed, World Pulse is in currently in the process with evaluation of our TOS to ensure full alignment. . As I communicated in the response, it will take some time to conduct the process thoughtfully and conscientiously. The legal process is lengthy and time consuming. We expect to have new revisions to share and dialogue with the community in the first half of next year. It's exciting for us to engage in innovation with our TOS - to seek a departure from industry standard online community TOS, empowering authors, while still protecting the safety & security of both our community and World Pulse. We thank you for raising your voice on the issue on behalf of all of us.

We wish you the best with your important memoir.

Jensine Larsen
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