As one of the world’s biggest websites, Facebook is in a perfect position to help spread awareness of the SOPA / PIPA lunacy. Yet the social networking site seems ominously quiet on the subject.
Facebook stands to be affected by SOPA and PIPA as much as anyone, given the fact that so many of the site’s 800m+ users share billions of links every day. So the site certainly can’t imagine that it will escape unscathed if the bills pass. In fact, the very existence of Facebook could become unviable.
Many large websites are wary of being seen to be too political. If that’s the case here, it’s a poor defence. The situation is already political, and silence is itself a political act when you’re under attack. Facebook, like Twitter, could have really helped fight back against SOPA and PIPA. The fact that they didn’t says a lot about them.