Google to protest SOPA, alongside Wikipedia, Reddit, others

Summary:Google, the world's most popular search engine, confirmed today that though it will not 'blackout' its results or pages, it will join others in unified solidarity against the SOPA bill.

Google, the world's most popular search engine, will notify users of its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly known as SOPA, on its U.S. homepage tomorrow.

The search giant confirmed in a statement that it will join Wikipedia, Reddit, and other major technology companies and websites, in a unified day of action.

But Google's pages are not expected to go dark, nor will the service be shut down for the day, unlike others.

"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 spokesperson for Google said. "Tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our U.S. home page."

While Reddit was the first to announce it would shutter its doors in protest over the anti-piracy bill, which threatens to have irreparable harm on the web, Wikipedia is the largest online property to do so.

Twitter's chief executive Dick Costolo said that the microblogging site would not proactively protest the legislation, calling the move to close a worldwide business "foolish". But some are saying that the tweet was taken out of context.

Twitter will not be censoring or blacking-out the site, though it has previously made statements to formally oppose the bills.

Wikipedia and Reddit will both go dark on January 18th at 12 midnight and 8 am Eastern time respectively.

SOPA was shelved earlier this week for until more work is done. The White House also made it clear that it does not support the 'shoot first, ask questions later' draft legislation, indicating that the President could veto the bill if it ever landed on his desk.

Image source: Flickr.

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Topics: Google, Collaboration, Social Enterprise

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