Kill the Bill: Internet-ional 'Stop SOPA' day sweeps the web
Thousands of websites have joined the blackout in protest against the SOPA bill, as the controversial legislation is put to a vote in the US Congress. Participants range from giants like Wikipedia and Craigslist to tiny individual pages.
The world’s biggest online encyclopedia went on strike for 24 hours at midnight East Coast Time. Other majors like Reddit opted for a 12-hour blackout.The list of strikers includes filmmaker and campaigner Michael Moore, the popular game Minecraft, environment activists Greenpeace, the group blog BoingBoing and many others. The racy website Suicide Girls used “Stop SOPA” stripes to cover up an otherwise naked women.Many supporters of the protest, including Google, WordPress.com and Mozilla Foundation have not blacked out their content, but have added info pages and links explaining why they oppose the controversial bill and its Senatorial sibling, PIPA.Social networking services like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are up and running – as open venues for individuals to share their views on the protest. So far the blackout seems to be receiving overwhelming support from ordinary users.