Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg against SOPA/PIPA

Supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act have been dwindling in numbers. And the anti-SOPA sentiments have been increasing.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has now taken a stand regarding this very sensitive topic. While it was mediocre, it still was a stand.

Facebook stated, “PORTECT IP and SOPOA could create very real problems for Internet companies like ours that are a primary driver of innovation, growth, and job creation in the 21st century economy. The bills contain overly broad definitions and create a new private cause of action against companies on the basis of those expansive definitions, which could seriously hamper the innovation, growth, and investment in new companies that have been the hallmarks of the
Internet. In addition, we are concerned about provisions in the bills that could chill free expression or weaken the Internet’s architecture.”

Mark Zuckerberg personally posted a statement in his profile page which read, “The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet. “

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Wikipedia protests SOPA / PIPA, plans 24-hour blackout

Wikipedia has announced that they will be shutting down their website (English-language) for a full day in response to the SOPA and PIPA legislation. The shutdown will begin Wednesday midnight )Washington DC time).

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, announced this over his Twitter account.

The Wikipedia’s page will be replaced by a page that calls for people to call and write Congress. Wales was hoping that the calls would “melt phone systems” in the nations capital.

According to Comscore, the English-language Wikipedia has an estimated 25 million visitors a day worldwide. It currently ranks as the sixth most popular website in the world behind Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo! and Amazon.

To students, Jimmy Wales tweeted that they better do their homework early as the site will be offline for 24 hours.

Wikipedia is one of the more popular online encyclopedia’s out there.

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