It’s January 18th, the day the web goes dark in response to the SOPA and PIPA bills being proposed in the US. So how has the web reacted? Is it just one voice in the darkness, or a real movement?
The biggest players to get onboard are Reddit, the content aggregator that hits over 2 billion page views per month, and Wikipedia. The latter returns any search request with a page showing the online knowledge bank’s stance on the bills. If you’re headed to a pub quiz, you’ll be needing one of these Wikipedia alternatives.
The web at large has been on tenterhooks to see if Google drops its pants in protest, but the world’s biggest search engine has decided to continue operation, albeit with a blacked-out logo as the Google Doodle in the US. Craigslist in the US has also put up an anti-SOPA barrier before allowing access.
Not everyone’s in favour of the protest, though. Media gajillionaire Rupert Murdoch has posted on Twitter that it is a “Nonsense argument about danger to Internet. How about Google, others blocking porn, hate speech, etc? Internet hurt?”
Speaking of Twitter, the microblogger plans to remain open for business as usual, despite the dangers that both SOPA and PIPA presents to it. Facebook seems to be running as usual also, even though there is a fairly bland stance on SOPA posted here.
Have you seen any more SOPA protests? Lets us know…