Web Goes on Strike: Largest Online Protest in History, precipitated by reddit.com, wikipedia and grassroots groups:
SOPA Strike Protest Happens
Largest online protest of all time
More than 1 billion people saw anti-SOPA messages on January 18
4 top-10, 13 top-100 US sites, 115,000 small and medium sites participated in strike, 50,000 blacked out all or part of site (Wordpress network: 27,000 blackout and 17,000 ribbons)
Largest participants include:
Imgur, Pinterest, Flickr, Amazon
10 million petition signers, 3 million emails, 100,000+ calls and 8 million Wikipedia call lookups to Congress opposing PIPA
3 million+ tweets mentioning "SOPA", "PIPA", "sopastrike", "blackoutSOPA", "stopSOPA"
Top 10 trending search terms on google: "sopa and pipa bills", "piracy", "censorship", "blackout"
Thousands protest outside senators’ offices in NYC, SF, Seattle, DC
Gallery of blacked-out sites and other actions here soon.
At least 13 senators backed away from the bill in one day. 5 co-sponsors dropped their support of the bill: Blunt, Boozman, Cardin, Hatch, and Rubio
1/19 PIPA Whipcount becomes meme of the day