"Sir, I say that justice is truth in action." ~
Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804 - 1881)
Please Ban Me
Remove My Work and Pay What You Owe Me
How I Found Out
Apparently, someone who went by the pen name religions7 on HubPages was banned. When she asked why, the response from HubPages (according to her post) was:
"Your HubPages account has been permanently banned as a result of serious rules violations."
I have no idea what those "serious rules violations" are (or were) but gee, I wish I knew. You see, HubPages intends to pay her. She even received an email from HubPages that stated:
"I just checked your account and see that it was banned, so you will be issued a payment for the unpaid balance on or around May 28th."
HubPages is Ignoring Me
The funny thing is: HubPages has been ignoring my numerous public attempts to have my work removed from their site for months.
I never clicked a link and entered a 9-digit "code" in that first email. I suppose to them, I am dead. YAY! Just like with Naiza Oclares, HubPages gets to use my identity, profile, and 277 of my articles solely for their gain.
They have removed my work from a phony account that HubPages set up in my former pen name "sousababy."
I wonder if any former Squidoo authors were told that HubPages would be double-dipping on Pinterest like this?
If you have your own blog (or write elsewhere) and "pin" your other work, those pins are competing with this automated phony Pinterest account.
Not sure I like to be deemed such a spammer, do you? But HubPages doesn't care. Heck, they don't even inform people they are doing this. Find out for yourself, just Google: "your pen name (dot) hubpages (dot) com on Pinterest."
Unfortunately, Naiza Oclares Died August 2013
But Look Who's Profiting From Her Identity & Work
"Inactivity" = You Didn't Surrender Your SSN
Under "Account Closure and Inactivity" For Details
And I'm Not the Only Person Affected
Her son was told HubPages "did not purchase the website and were not responsible" for his over $600.00
I Wonder What Amazon Knows?
On Squidoo, I decided to share my Amazon and eBay royalties with them. I liked the idea of benefiting charity (which is where I understood half of those earnings were sent).
On InfoBarrel (this writing platform), I applied for and received a unique associates ID.
I recently wrote to Amazon's customer service department and here is what transpired:
Dear Amazon Customer Service, Public Relations, and Legal Department,
I have been writing for InfoBarrel for over a year and been using a Unique Associates ID. Prior to that, I wrote for Squidoo (since Aug. 2010) under the pen name "sousababy" and I opted to share my Amazon revenue with Squidoo.
At the end of August 2014, Squidoo sold out to HubPages. I never joined HubPages and they are ignoring my attempts to have my identity, profile, and 277 of my articles removed from their site (at first, it was 293 articles).
I have no way of knowing what my share of the Amazon royalties are - HubPages allocates these internally and has never shared this information with me.
Additionally, HubPages has set up a phony Pinterest account using my identity. I've had some success with Pinterest. They have complied with my requests to remove my content (however, I have to continually submit complaints and original URLs).
I am in the process of seeking legal action against HubPages and would greatly appreciate your cooperation. I need to know precisely HOW much money my content has been earning while its been on HubPages. It was imported on or around September 13th, 2014 and is still on their site today (April 5th, 2015).
The account has 277 of my articles and pretty much all of them have Amazon products available for public purchase in them: http://sousababy (dot) hubpages (dot) com
I can be reached at: my email was given
Thank you in advance for preparing a statement or invoice detailing my earnings (or what amount of money has been sent directly to HubPages).
Canadian freelance writer
Amazon's First Response
Amazon Asked If My Issue Was Resolved
I Clicked "No" and Submitted the Following:
I did NOT have an affiliate account when I was on Squidoo - I shared the Amazon royalties with Squidoo. Your instructions only allowed me to view my Amazon sales from InfoBarrel (where I DO have an affiliate Amazon account).
The problem is: HubPages has 277 of my former Squidoo articles. All of them have Amazon products for sale on them. HubPages allocates Amazon and eBay sales "internally" (so they say).
HubPages has NOT informed me about the Amazon (nor eBay) sales my articles have been collecting since Sept. 13, 2014 until today (April 7th, 2015). This is information that I need to know from Amazon. My articles (illegally posted) on HubPages are written by me, under the pen name "sousababy." Please see previous complaint for links.
The Circular Logic Behind the Scenes
Amazon's Second Response
Crazy Logic That Keeps People "In Place"
Okay, Amazon Won't Budge
But I'm Sure They Keep Accurate Records
It feels strange to disclose my personal information to Amazon's Customer Service department and receive responses from people who only need to be identified by their first name and last initial.
Well, thank you so much Andrew D. and Jenn J.
I'm taking this to the Federal Trade Commission now.
Google would clearly know that my email is attached to that "sousababy" account via my Google Analytics tracking codes (see screenshot next).
Google knows the truth, hundreds of former Squidoo writers know the truth, yet I need to spend money seeking legal action because I am telling the truth. The whole truth.