Google joined Wikipedia against United States anti-piracy bill and will display message about it on the home page which is famous for delivering messages to the public.
Unlike Wikipedia, Google is not heading for a blackout but has shown its support against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). The controversial bill has been pending in the lower and upper houses of the Senate.
Google’s take on the matter
The bill has been under criticism from the internet giants, companies like Twitter, Google, and Wikimedia has opposed the move. Google said they oppose the bill as it targets foreign website and brings censorship to internet.
Google spokesperson said, "Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet."
Wikipedia founder James Wales has also said the bill is untended to bring censorship and has nothing to do with the online piracy. The American houses are also not unanimous on the bill. According to some it violates America’s right to speech.
All the wrong problems
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said the bill has all the wrong problems and is a threat for free speech and expression. Schmidt said the bill accredited the copyright holders to delete the link right away from Internet.
Wikimedia also said the bill "will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States."
Twitter has not supported the move as its chief executive, Dick Costolo, tweeted and called blackout a foolish activity. Later he took his words back but, made it clear that twitter will not engage in such activity.
The issue has intensified in past few weeks and there is still long to follow to reach on any negotiation on the bill.