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Facebook voices opposition to SOPA and PIPA Bills, calls for ‘pro-internet’ policy makers

It seems Facebook is the latest company to join the already long list of major internet-based brands and organisations that have taken to the web to voice their opposition to anti-piracy bills being debated in the US.

In a public post that appears on user news feeds the site's creator Mark Zuckerberg said passing the two pieces of legislation would go against public interest.

"The internet is the most powerful tool we have for creating a more open and connected world," he wrote.

"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."

In the same statement he also commented on the ability of law-makers to make informed and objective decisions about the internet, suggesting that a number of people currently holding positions in the US House of Representatives and US Senate are not "pro-internet".

Mr Zuckerberg encouraged the site's 800 million active users to learn more about the different bills, as well as the impact they could have on content and the way it is shared online.

A link to the Facebook Washington DC – Anti-Piracy Bills page provides a detailed account of the network's position on copyright infringement, intellectual property and piracy.

And while they "understand the concerns" of content creators and trademark owners in the film and music industries, it was also made clear that support for these bills in their current form could threaten internet security.

Rather the social media giant suggested opening dialogues between government officials, internet companies and content producers in order to develop policies that benefit all major parties and the broader public.

"PROTECT IP and SOPA could create very real problems for Internet companies like ours that are a primary driver of innovation, growth, and job creation in the 21st century economy," the social network wrote.

Posted by Aimee McBride