#BreakTheInternet. No, I’m not talking about Kim Kardashian’s backside on the cover of PAPER magazine. I’m talking about the web-wide protest to stop the FCC from repealing net neutrality laws.
The campaign started on Tuesday, and organizers have asked people to essentially “Break the Internet” by flooding their newsfeeds 48 hours leading up to the vote scheduled for Thursday. Participants have openly (and relentlessly) expressed opposition to chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to scrap laws making the Internet accessible and, ultimately, a free space for the public.
This is an Internet emergency. Less than 48 hours left until the vote to kill #NetNeutrality. #BreakTheInternet to demand that Congress #StopTheFCC. Take action: https://t.co/fO73oRhst7 via @IDLtweets— Battle for the Net (@battleforthenet) December 12, 2017
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"We have just days," the campaign site, BattleforTheNet.com, reads. “The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So until the December 14th vote, 'Break the Internet' on your site, with your profile picture, on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, reddit, Tumblr, Youtube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in?"
There are many ways to partake. Protesters can change their profile pictures to angry emojis (provided on the site), upload banners to personal or professional pages and use hashtags like #BreakTheInternet, #NetNeutrality, #StopTheFCC and #SaveNetNeutrality in social media posts.
Organizers even provided templates for tweets in a spreadsheet — copy, paste, done — as well as a list of helpful tips explaining how to share your thoughts most effectively on each social platform. (My favorite? Setting your job as "Defending Net Neutrality" on LinkedIn.)
There’s only one day left until the FCC vote on Dec. 14, and the protest continues. Here are the best #BreakTheInternet tweets so far.
As a small business owner, I need #NetNeutrality to compete fairly in the marketplace. Please continue to fight on behalf of little guys. Thank you @SenatorHassan @RepMikeCoffman @SenSchumer #BreakTheInternet— Dafina Roberts (@themightydro) December 12, 2017
Please call and email each of these FCC Commissioners to KEEP #netneutrality! They should call it "Internet Speed w/out Limit" because if they repeal it they'll put the brakes on it and we'll pay to speed it up, on every website that wants more money. This is VITAL!— ↪AustinDem↩ (@AustinDem1) December 13, 2017
DON'T REPEAL! pic.twitter.com/hbone9gXvX
Think about everything we will lose if we lose Net Neutrality -— #AIAIW out now ?? (@14katgurl) December 12, 2017
·Buying stuff online
·Artists and creators
·Having readily accessible knowledge
·Fair media coverage#NetNeutrality #breaktheinternet pic.twitter.com/OUIzrsieWM
What— ACLU (@ACLU) December 12, 2017
Let's #BreakTheInternet so the FCC hears us. Call Congress now. https://t.co/A3djW7UpN5
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss#BattleForTheNet #BreakTheInternet #HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas #NetNeutrality pic.twitter.com/aHO2NMqn3N— Juno Son (@jsketch12) December 12, 2017
This was actually projected on the FCC building:
Want to do more? Call the FCC at 202-759-7766 or text RESIST to 50409.