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ISTOPSOPA How the People and Social Media Changed Congress' Mind in One Day Some of the world's most popular websites shut down on January 18, 2012, to protest SOPA and PIPA: two similar pieces of legislation making their way through the House of Representatives and Senate and threatening... well, the internet. Supporters of the bill called the one-day protest a "political stunt" -- but as millions of consumers learned more about the legislation with the help of social media, politicians took notice. Here, you can see the number of Senators and Representatives that supported and opposed of the bill before the SOPA protests fired up on January 18 -- and how those numbers changed a day later. Before OPPOSE SOPA SUPPORT SOPA 48 Supporters 6 Opponents POSITION UNKNOWN SENATE 32 Supporters 25 Opponents HOUSE Social media conversation about SOPA increased 1 Mil. drastically on SOPA blackout day: HASHTAG MENTIONS Jan 18th. SOPA 800K Blackout Day OVER THE LAST 30 DAYS 600K 400K #sopa #pipa #wikipediablackout #sopastrike Dec. 23rd 200K GoDaddy recants support for SOPA Dec. 21 Jan 19th HASHTAG MENTIONS ON JANUARY 18th 11AM 80K EST 70K 12AM 60K EST 50K 40K 30K 20K 10ะบ 12AM 11:59PM #sopa #pipa #wikipediablackout #sopastrike GMT GMT After: OPPOSE SOPA SUPPORT SOPA 37 Supporters 22 Opponents SENATE 26 Supporters 95 Opponents HOUSE SOURCES: BEFORE AFTER DROPPED SUPPORT 00


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January 18, 2012 marked the online protest of SOPA and PIPA: two similar pieces of legislation threatening the Internet. This #STOPSOPA infographic depicts how the people and social media changed Cong...


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