Many of the main online powerhouses enacted a 24 hour blackout to create awareness of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) which is a Congressional bill that would attempt to stop online piracy but at the same time take away many of the online freedoms we have all enjoyed for many years.
Google put out a petition that asked people show their disapproval of SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate known as PIPA. Google also said that if SOPA were to be enacted, it would be forced to shut down Youtube immediately.
The petition read "There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs. Too much is at stake -– please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA."
After 4.5 million people signed the petition, 18 senators changed their support for PIPA and now say that they oppose the measure.