With SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act heating up, many websites and web properties are doing their part to raise awareness for this disastrous bill that could threaten the freedom of the Internet. With sites such as Reddit, Wikipedia, Imgur, and others protesting against it on January 18th, it looks like Google will be joining them.
“Google, the Web’s top search company and one of technology’s most influential powers in Washington, will post a link on the company’s home page tomorrow to notify users of the company’s opposition to controversial antipiracy bills being debated in Congress.”
This is great news and a great move for the protest against SOPA. Google is incredibly popular with Millions upon Millions of people visiting the US version every single day. Prime real estate to grab attention from those who enjoy what the Internet has to offer.
“Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” a Google spokeswoman said. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.”
Now, some sites are planning to go dark to raise awareness for SOPA. Basically, they censor text with a call to action to let people know to email or call their congressmen and have them vote against. Google isn’t doing that, but the fact that they’re raising awareness about it all, is what matters and being on the home page, a lot of people will see it.
Do you feel that this can be the extra needed push to make sure SOPA doesn’t pass?