Yesterday saw the shutdown of a variety of websites in protest to the US Government plans for the anti-piracy legislation, which included the likes of Wikipedia taking part. During the protests it has been revealed that millions signed the Google petition against SOPA and PIPA.
Google has today announced that over seven million people signed the online petition to Congress during the internet protest yesterday. When users visited Google yesterday they were greeted by a black box over Google’s icon, and a message that said “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the Web!”, and as Businessweek are reporting the message provided a link to a special page.
This explained Google’s opposition to the legislation, and offered users a chance to join a petition urging Congress to stop it. Many internet companies say that both the acts would promote online censorship among other things. The music and movie industries along with the US Chamber of Commerce are obviously in favor of the legislation, as it will provide them the means to fight against piracy on websites outside the US.
Wikipedia have said that over 162 million visited the English version of its site and saw the blackout page that it had put up. Over eight million US users visited the blackout page and looked up their elected representatives via the site to protest against the proposed laws.
Google took to its social network site Google+ to thank people for signing its petition and added the proposals “would censor the web and impose burdensome regulations on American businesses”. Did you sign the Google petition, and what are your views on SOPA and PIPA?