Although Facebook has been public about its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been personally silent on the matter. Until now.
On Facebook, Zuckerberg was very clear about his position:
The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world. 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.
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. I encourage you to learn more about these issues and tell your congressmen that you want them to be pro-internet.
Today, of course, was a perfectly symbolic day for the Facebook CEO to go public with his views on SOPA and PIPA.
All across the Internet, anti-SOPA and PIPA protests are attracting huge amounts of attention. Sites like Wikipedia, Boing Boing, and Reddit are blacked out, while Google has covered up its logo, and many other sites have taken anti-legislation action. Twitter is bursting at the seams with tweets about the protests, and now, Zuckerberg has joined the chorus. (See CNET's FAQ on SOPA.)