Google, Facebook and Twitter Shutting Down?
There’s a new piece of legislation going around Congress which some of the biggest technology companies in the world do not like. It’s called SOPA or the Stop Online Piracy Act. Wikipedia, Google, Amazon, eBay, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Yahoo, Mozilla, Foursquare, Zynga and Etsy are all threatening to go dark and shutting down for one day to protest this new act and highlight the danger that SOPA has if it passes. The blackout would probably occur on January 23rd, one day before the Senate debates SOPA. Surprisingly, the support for this bill is bi-partisan despite all the partisanship that has occurred over the past 3 yrs. MSNBC explains this new bill:
SOPA, which the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is set to review later this month, makes the streaming of unauthorized content a felony. Further, the “vague language would create devastating new tools for silencing legitimate speech all around the Web. It’s a concern shared by free speech and digital rights activists, as well as many major Internet-based companies.
Here is a video that might explain it better: