A group including some of the world’s internet powerhouses have come together to stand up against plans to drawback rules protecting net neutrality.
The websites made the decision to display an alert on their homepages on Wednesday (12 June) to display what the web will look like without net neutrality – such as pretending to block users or jokingly asking them to pay for access to the site. Sites involved in the protest included big boys such as Amazon, Netflix, Mozilla and PornHub, as well as the likes Pinterest, Spotify, Tumblr, Urban Dictionary, and many more.
“Internet service providers could create special fast lanes for content providers willing to pay more,” Corey Price, VP of PornHub, told the BBC. “That means slow streaming, which, especially in regards to online porn, is quite problematic as you can imagine.”
The internet giants have joined forces after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and its chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, made it clear it would rip net neutrality rules to shreds – something it began to do back in February. It is believed around 80,000 websites and services are part of the group fighting against the FCC.