Facebook- the Social Network bellwether slams SOPA and PIPA

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Can we imagine a day without internet? A single day, not using Facebook, Google, Yahoo or Wiki? Not a day goes by where one can stay without getting connected to the internet. An avid internet user or a Facebook addict can go virtually mad if they cannot stay connected with their own world.
Internet has become a powerful tool. Needless to say, it has become more open which makes it easy for anyone to convey their ideas or share their thoughts. But the sad news is that political leaders and parties have marred the internet for their personal gain.
Mark Zuckerburg, the internet entrepreneur and Chief executive of Facebook shared, “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 (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), 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”.

 

He also added that, “Noting that social networking website Facebook takes online piracy and copyright infringement very seriously, rogue foreign sites that pirate American intellectual property or sell counterfeit goods pose significant problems for the US economy. Two pieces of legislation in front of the Congress are not the right solution to this problem, because of the collateral damage these overreaching bills would cause to the Internet. The two legislations could create very real problems for Internet companies like ours that are a primary driver of innovation, growth, and job creation in the 21st century economy. The bills contain overly broad definitions and create a new private cause of action against companies on the basis of those expansive definitions, which could seriously hamper the innovation, growth, and investment in new companies that have been the hallmarks of the Internet.”

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