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Web Blackout Protests Internet Censorship

Major websites like Google and Wikipedia went dark Tuesday night as part of a 24-hour protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Do you support the acts? Take the poll.

It's a dark day for the web. Literally.

Google has blacked out its home page logo for the day, while Wikipedia has turned off the lights on its English-language pages. Craigslist, too, is leaving visitors in the dark.

These major websites, among others, began taking a 24-hour stand at midnight Eastern time Wednesday as a protest against two congressional bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA)

Thousands of websites are showing their opposition against the bills, which, if passed, would allow for companies to seek a court order to ban websites that sell pirated content and merchandise.

Click here to read more about SOPA and PIPA in a report by the Huffington Post, or watch a video from TED on "why SOPA is a bad idea."

Visit the protest pages of Google, Craigslist and Wikipedia to learn their reasons for taking a stance against the acts.

Mary January 19, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Dang... leave it to me. I'm the "1" who voted "Yes" because I read the question wrong and so voted incorrectly. I meant to vote "No," but now I can't find a way to reverse my vote. I certainly do NOT support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). I DO support the actions taken by Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist and others for the blackout in order to bring attention to the issue!!
Emily Henry (Editor) January 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Thanks for explaining, Mary! Now at least people who look at the answers will know not to count your vote.

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