Mark Zuckerberg reveals his opposition to SOPA/PIPA

You would think that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg would not be in favor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Protect IP Act (PIPA). If you though that, you were proven correct today. On the day that many web sites are going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, Zuckerberg made a rare public post on both his Facebook page and, for the first time in almost three years, on his Twitter page to give his views on both bills.

Zuckerberg's Facebook page gives a more detailed stance on SOPA and PIPA with Zuckerberg writing:

The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating 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.

The world today needs political leaders 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 learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.

Zuckerberg also posted a link to Facebook's Washington DC page which has more information about the company's official stance on SOPA and PIPA.

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Xinok said,

There's a lot of small businesses that rely on Facebook which would be hurt most... Not to mention the lawsuits that would follow...

I don't understand... Who could sue them? Facebook is offered for free and it is a privately held company. No public shareholders to answer to.

It would be nice to see a banner or something on facebook stating their opposition to it, though.

compl3x said,

I don't understand... Who could sue them? Facebook is offered for free and it is a privately held company. No public shareholders to answer to.

Advertisers, facebook game / app developers, and so forth.

ShareShiz said,
If he really was against it he would have shutdown facebook for the day.

here here, exactly what I thought! quote of the entire story!

Xinok said,

Advertisers, facebook game / app developers, and so forth.

Exactly, wikipedia can. Because, wikipedia is completely FREE service.

hundreds of thousands if not millions of privet businesses rely on facebook.. They can not shut down like wikipedia so stop the bitching...

Dusco25 said,
hundreds of thousands if not millions of privet businesses rely on facebook.. They can not shut down like wikipedia so stop the bitching...

OK,... and if SOPA/PIPA was to be passed and facebook.com was DNS blacklisted ?
Then they (the private businesses that rely on facebook) would have to STUF and stop bitching as well. THAT IS THE ENTIRE POINT OF THIS BLACK OUT to show how bad it can mess things up for people who actually use the internet.

sagum said,

OK,... and if SOPA/PIPA was to be passed and facebook.com was DNS blacklisted ?
Then they (the private businesses that rely on facebook) would have to STUF and stop bitching as well. THAT IS THE ENTIRE POINT OF THIS BLACK OUT to show how bad it can mess things up for people who actually use the internet.

Why why why would Facebook possibly be blocked??? That makes no sense at all.

andrewbares said,

Why why why would Facebook possibly be blocked??? That makes no sense at all.

Because it allows users to share potentially copyrighted material, which is a SOPA/PIPA violation. That's the whole point of the blackouts, do demonstrate how broad and fuzzy the criteria are for being an illegal site!

Majesticmerc said,

Because it allows users to share potentially copyrighted material, which is a SOPA/PIPA violation. That's the whole point of the blackouts, do demonstrate how broad and fuzzy the criteria are for being an illegal site!

Definitely true! sometimes people post things that they do not know exactly what they are sharing. Still, as much as I dont care for Facebook I do not want these bills to pass.

Dusco25 said,
hundreds of thousands if not millions of privet businesses rely on facebook.. They can not shut down like wikipedia so stop the bitching...

privet? businesses that sell hedges?? Learn something new everyday

dotf said,
Like these blackout protests will actually accomplish anything.....

I already read about two senators dropping their support for the bill today.

dotf said,
Like these blackout protests will actually accomplish anything.....

Only a few hundred million people have seen them today, its not like they can do anything though. /s

Ffs, stop with your small business arguments. People like you, wanting to smooth out everything without losing anything, are one of the reasons politicians can devise such legislations and move them through as well.

Facebook could have put ads linking to a protest letter from Zuckerberg about SOPA in news feeds. This might have caused some advertisers to withdraw their business though.

Honestly I like how Neowin did it. They did it very tastefully. They didn't go black and annoy people who use Neowin. I know a bunch of people who had homework to do that were annoyed that Wikipedia went down. But Neowin put a nice banner on the top of the page which I think gets the message across without annoying people.

warwagon said,
Honestly I like how Neowin did it. They did it very tastefully. They didn't go black and annoy people who use Neowin. I know a bunch of people who had homework to do that were annoyed that Wikipedia went down. But Neowin put a nice banner on the top of the page which I think gets the message across without annoying people.

Agreed it also annoys you by scrolling down if you scroll down. Though this should be something more than a days worth of effort IMO anyway..

warwagon said,
Honestly I like how Neowin did it. They did it very tastefully. They didn't go black and annoy people who use Neowin. I know a bunch of people who had homework to do that were annoyed that Wikipedia went down. But Neowin put a nice banner on the top of the page which I think gets the message across without annoying people.

Who had to do homework and were annoyed about wikipedia? Are You serious? Maybe do your homework like it's meant to do, read a book? F*cking kids these days like Wikipedia is all the truth that you need.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Who had to do homework and were annoyed about wikipedia? Are You serious? Maybe do your homework like it's meant to do, read a book? F*cking kids these days like Wikipedia is all the truth that you need.


Anything like a fact about something, can be read on Wikipedia. Wikipedia's method was unacceptable and really ruined the day for alot of people (outside the US reading english articles)

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Who had to do homework and were annoyed about wikipedia? Are You serious? Maybe do your homework like it's meant to do, read a book? F*cking kids these days like Wikipedia is all the truth that you need.

but dood! dontcha know things on wikipedia must be true, its there on the internets! /sarcasm off

Mando said,

but dood! dontcha know things on wikipedia must be true, its there on the internets! /sarcasm off

I've seen so much bull in Wikipedia that I don't even bother to open the page anymore. Most of the historical "facts" about my country..well lets be honest, lies.

Man, I can't believe some of you.
Facebook owes nothing to these so called businesses who work via it.
They may decide to close tomorrow and stuff everyone. They are free service and if you don't like it move on. How can people demand them be up 24/7. You are lucky they are, and yes if they started going off another clone will rise but that's another story.
Same goes for Wikipedia, they are free service and do not owe you anything. Stop demanding.
I hoped they all went black to oppose SOPA/PIPA.

In response to the people saying that Mark is not a true patriot because he didn't shut down facebook, you need to understand that facebook isn't just used by teenage girls to post drunken pictures and stalk their crushes.

Facebook is also used for marketing and other business uses. It is a top 5 site, internationally, on the web. Shutting it down wouldn't hurt only Zuckerberg, but other people too.

Of course he's against it. There's millions of people on it and some of them will post and repost copyrighted content. FB would be the first site shut down by SOPA.

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