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Google encourages everyone to “support a free and open internet”

Yesterday (July 4) people all over America came together to celebrate Independence Day, which commemorates the moment when the United States gained legally separated from Great Britain.

Politicians, government officials and the media all use this day as an opportunity to remind Americans of the virtues their independence was founded on – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, to name a few.

Yet this year a new group of people got behind the celebrations, except this time for a slightly different cause.

The team over at Google published a short, inspirational clip urging everyone to take a moment to celebrate not just the freedom of this country, but the global freedom of the internet.

In a blog post titled "Celebrate freedom. Support a free and open internet", by Google's vice president of public policy and government affairs Susan Molinari, the search giant outlined how the internet has empowered people to come together in a way that has never been seen before in history.

"The internet is a powerful platform that makes it easier for people to speak, to assemble, and to be heard," Ms Molinari writes.

"This is true no matter where freedom is taking root."

The short clip features quotes from a range of different people, including president Barack Obama and Benjamin Franklin.

Google has long been outspoken in its support of people's rights to publish fresh content and share ideas in an internet without restrictions.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian on April 15, Google co-founder Sergey Brin lashed out at some other internet companies, claiming that they were making the world wide web too restrictive.

"Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation," Mr Brin asserted.

However, Google is not the only leading internet firm to fight in the name of freedom.

Yesterday we blogged that Twitter was following in the search giant's footsteps, having published its first ever Transparency Report.

Posted by Jess O'Connor