Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against SOPA / PIPA

    January 18, 2012
    Chris Crum
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a message about SOPA and PIPA on Facebook today. He said:

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 even tweeted the message (his first tweet since March ’09):

Tell your congressmen you want them to be pro-internet. My Facebook post is here: https://t.co/XEmFNxGt 43 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

No Google+ updates though, despite 624,988 people having him in their circles. He only has 118,854 Twitter followers.

On the company’s Washington D.C. page, Facebook says:

At Facebook, we take online piracy and copyright infringement very seriously. Rogue foreign sites that pirate American intellectual property or sell counterfeit goods pose significant problems for our economy. However, we believe the PROTECT IP Act (or PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which are currently being considered by Congress, are not the right solution to this problem, because of the collateral damage these overreaching bills would cause to the Internet.

On the same page, under “our position,” Facebook says:

PROTECT IP and SOPA 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. In addition, we are concerned about provisions in the bills that could chill free expression or weaken the Internet’s architecture.

Facebook says it has been engaging in a “constructive dialogue” on fighting piracy, and points out that it makes it a priority to respond promptly, when it is made aware of illegal content.

Facebook points to this NetCoalition petition to “share your thoughts” with Congress.

  • Emilie

    Can you comment on what the internet is doing or plans to do in detail with regarad to protecting artists’ rights? We need to hear both sides before we can say we are “pro” or “con” anything. Until we hear actual honest details of each side’s proposal, it sounds like blah blah blah — as usual.

  • http://www.davidcarondesign.com David

    It makes me feel good that people are beginning to wake up to the fact that the Government could control the internet so that they could help a particular industry. What is we passed a law that made all website hosting free? Would this help business? I think not. We need to keep are personal liberties!

    David Caron
    Atlanta Video Production

  • Floridaseaturtle

    I am pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t sure which side Mark Zuckerberg and FB would be on. I also agree with David Caron below. Not only could this legislation assist in bias for an industry, censorship allows for biased propaganda and agendas. There is a huge picture here. Thank goodness people seem to be becoming somewhat aware, so that they may choose to have a voice…while you can.

  • http://www.bluemonkeyweb.co.uk Andy – Birmingham Web Design

    I’m not surprised Zuckerberg is against this, the amount of personal information that facebook has on people is insane, what if the government decided that facebook didnt own all those photos and info on people?

  • http://upvcfasciasandsoffits.com Tony- Fascias Soffits

    Obviously Zuckerberg is against SOPA / PIPA there is a fine line to be drawn regarding privacy on the internet, apparently when you allow an app to connect with your facebook account, the owner of the app gets access to a lot of your stored information, which they can then use for marketing, hopefully thats all they use it for!

  • http://www.replica-sunglasses.co.uk/mens-sunglasses/ Lisa

    Whoever it may be, wether it is facebook or google what they say its true. It will affect internet and would further degrade the overall system. Millions of job would be affected and the freedom culture won’t be prevelant in the current century.

  • http://www.the-arc.co.uk Actuarial Jobs

    It’s understandable why Facebook are concerned as potentially they could be taken down by SOPA / PIPA.

    Artists do need protection but the regulations need to be considered and workable.