Published on January 17th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Google Will Go “Dark” For PIPA/SOPA Protests On Wednesday
With popular websites including Reddit and Wikipedia going dark on Wednesday in protest of the PIPA and SOPA anti-piracy bills search engine Google has announced plans to support the movement by install the Google Dark background with informational links pointing to SOPA and PIPA information.
According to a Google spokeswoman:
“We oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet.”
“So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.”
Google joining forces with the likes of Reddit and Wikipedia shouldn’t come as a surprise, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently said the bills:
“Criminalize linking and the fundamental structure of the Internet itself.” While adding, “Their goal is reasonable, their mechanism is terrible. They should not criminalize the intermediaries. They should go after the people that are violating the law.”
While Google may not shut down completely (as a publicy held company with shareholders that would have been hard to justify), they will be left with links pointing to many tech and news sits that simply lead to PIPA and SOPA protest blackout pages.