As promised, several major sites on the Internet have gone dark today in protest of SOPA—the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that’s making its way through Congress as I type. The intention is good, but the proposed execution is horrifying: SOPA is intended to counter those pirating movies and other content illegally, but as Google explains, the bill would lead to paralyzing censorship. SOPA could shut down sites like Crushable, if we posted a video that a movie studio didn’t approve of.
Check out online comic The Oatmeal for one of the most shared explanation videos, which shows you what you’d be missing out on if SOPA or its sister bill PIPA goes through. For today, Reddit and Wikipedia have gone dark, and the kids are freaking out. Twitter is awash in complaints like “how will I finish my homework without Wikipedia?” But what really amused us were the users who took it upon themselves to tweet out fake facts using the hashtag #DayWithoutWikipedia and #FactsWithoutWikipedia… because without any way to check, you’ll never know if they’re real or not!
(Unless, of course, you went to a library.)