Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Zuckerberg comes out against SOPA on Facebook

Though Facebook itself hasn’t made much of a public stance for or against SOPA and PIPA, it’s safe to say that the company has now made its feelings known, through the words of its CEO. Mark Zuckerberg, onhis personal Facebook profile, has stated the following:“The internet is the most powerful tool we have for crting a more open and connected world. We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development. Facebook opposes SOPA and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.”Zuck then continues with his thoughts, saying that we need better representation in Government:“The world today needs political lders who are pro-internet. We have been working with many of these folks for months on better alternatives to these current proposals. I encourage you to lrn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.”The post had gathered over 75,000 likes in 10 minutes, and by some accounts had topped 3,000 likes in under 60 seconds.Greg Ferenstein@ferensteinzuckerberg issues statement about SOPA, 3K likes in under a Jan 12ReplyRetweetFavoriteThere’s considerably more discussion ona page that he linksconcerning Facebook’s stance on piracy bills. Specifically, it addresses SOPA and PIPA, but then goes further to talk about how you can report IP infringement on Facebook.“We understand the concerns of the and music industries, as well as other content crtors and trademark owners, and we have been engaging in a constructive dialogue on the most effective ways to combat piracy. However, we must ensure that Congress does not do anything in this ar that thrtens the security of the Internet, hampers U.S. innovation or competitiveness, or sets harmful precedents for other governments to follow.”The issue is so important to Zuck, it would seem, that he’s Twitter silence for the first time in nrly three yrs:Mark Zuckerberg@finkdTell your congressmen you want them to be pro-internet. My Facebook post is…19 Jan 12ReplyRetweetFavoriteFacebook has chosen to not “black out” for the day, but witotential losses topping $11 millionif it did, it’s understandable. There’s still plenty or representation, however, from sites like Reddit, TNW andeven Google.
SOURCES:The Next Web

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