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.