Gallery: Wikipedia, Reddit Blackouts Successful – 24 Senators Retract S...

 

Though the Motion Picture Association of America called yesterday’s protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) an “irresponsible” publicity “stunt”, the numbers show a very different story. We brought you the news yesterday that 162 million people experienced the blackout of Wikipedia — with even more seeing blackouts on sites like Reddit and Google — and people across the country signed petitions and wrote to their congressional representatives in protest of the two bills that would irreparably harm free speech on the Internet. Over eight million people wrote to their Congresspeople with the help of Wikipedia and four and a half million people signed Google’s petition. Thousands, or even millions more, wrote and signed through other sites participating in the protest. CBS is reporting that 24 U.S. Senators have now come out against the bills. So we say to the dissenters, the politicians still behind SOPA and PIPA, and those with big pocketbooks attempting to lead congress: don’t mess with the Internet – it’s more powerful than you think.

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