Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against SOPA

On Blackout Day, Facebook hasn't grown dark, it hasn't posted links to external information, and it hasn't thrown up an image shooting Washington the middle finger. Instead, Facebook has posted its stance on the whole SOPA debate. In a nutshell, Facebook doesn't think the legislation currently being considered by Congress is the right solution to defeating piracy.

"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," Facebook states. "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."

The Facebook entity goes on to say that it's been engaging in a constructive dialogue with content creators and trademark owners on the most effective ways to combat piracy. The public address also offers a way for users to report IP infringement, or rather, to tattle on someone who might be using copyrighted material incorrectly. However Facebook Mark Zuckerberg actually posted a statement on his profile page, a two-paragraph message that briefly outlines Facebook's stance.

"The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world," he writes. "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."

He goes on to say that 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," he added. "I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet."

For more information on Facebook's situation of the SOPA and PIPA drama, head here.

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  • I doubt he really cares either way, idk I just get the feeling he is saying that for positive attention, it seems bit late to announce where you stand when others are already participating in boycotting the legislation.
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  • Stealing movies is wrong, but stealing everyone's information is ok.
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  • yay... FB late to the party, and taking a very reserved/somber position over it. Typical.
    A FB blackout would have been HUGE in terms of anti-SOPA push. but no, Zuckerberg didn't want to lose some of the sponsors to whom he sells public information. So, you have this low-moderate statement and that is it.
    I think Zuckerberg is the one who deserves the middle fingers mentioned in the beginning of the article.
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  • I doubt he really cares either way, idk I just get the feeling he is saying that for positive attention, it seems bit late to announce where you stand when others are already participating in boycotting the legislation.
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  • yay... FB late to the party, and taking a very reserved/somber position over it. Typical.
    A FB blackout would have been HUGE in terms of anti-SOPA push. but no, Zuckerberg didn't want to lose some of the sponsors to whom he sells public information. So, you have this low-moderate statement and that is it.
    I think Zuckerberg is the one who deserves the middle fingers mentioned in the beginning of the article.
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  • anonymous32111I doubt he really cares either way, idk I just get the feeling he is saying that for positive attention, it seems bit late to announce where you stand when others are already participating in boycotting the legislation.

    I think the only reason he made a stance is because everyone else keeps buzzing about it and wanted Facebook to take a stance on the issue.
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