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Internet going on strike
Many websites are using the day to send a message about pending Internet regulation legislation.
Don’t expect to see much of your favorite websites tomorrow. The Internet’s going on strike.
The widely-despised Stop Online Privacy Act has been delayed, but on Wednesday websites large and small plan to either post banners against the legislation on their sites or black them out entirely.
SOPA and a related bill called the Protect IP Act, are widely seen as threats to free speech on the Internet. PIPA is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate on January 24th, and SOPA is scheduled for a House vote in February.
Reddit was among the first to announce a blackout. “Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action,” reads the site’s official blog.
Yesterday, Wikipedia also agreed to a blackout, and Craigslist installed an anti-SOPA and PIPA message on all its listings for US Cities.
Tiffiny Cheng, a spokesperson for SopaStrike, told the Daily Dot she expects “hundreds of millions” of hits on that site Wednesday. It “will be the biggest Web blackout that has happened in US history.”
Even individuals on Twitter are participating. The website BlackoutSOPA.org, which makes it easy for individuals to modify their Twitter avatars to be anti-SOPA, now counts over 31,000 users.
Photo by kodomut and modified by Kevin Collier
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.