• Several sites including Wikipedia were switched off today in protest at new law
  • The controversial EU Copyright Directive will go before a final vote on March 26
  • Sites could have to install tech that scans content for copyright infringement
  • Reddit, PornHub and Twitch joined protest by posting banners on homepage

Several websites across Europe including Wikipedia were switched off today as part of a mass protest against contentious copyright laws being proposed by the European Union.

A number of popular sites across the web are ‘going dark’ and blocking access in parts of Europe for 24 hours in a last ditch attempt to stop new ‘web censorship’ rules ahead of a final vote on March 26.

The EU Copyright Directive would make the platforms, including Instagram and YouTube, responsible for any copyright infringement by users.

A majority of EU countries backed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules…

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