Popular websites participate in ‘Internet Slowdown Day’ protest; display ‘spinning wheel of death’

Popular websites participate in ‘Internet Slowdown Day’ protest; display ‘spinning wheel of death’

A number of the Internet's most popular sites came together to participate in the 'Internet Slowdown Day' protest that commenced at midnight on September 10. The protest underscores a worldwide demonstration against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s proposal of a two-tiered Internet.

The websites which participated in the 'Internet Slowdown Day' protest included Netflix, Tumblr, Reddit, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Imgur, and WordPress, among a horde of others.

The protest chiefly involved the display of the 'spinning wheels of death' icon, which marked a symbolic representation of the throttled bandwidth and longer load times resulting from the FCC's proposed changes to the Net Neutrality regulations.

The protest was completely symbolic, and it did not involve any actual 'slowdown' in Internet speeds. The participating websites simply displayed their message to the users and visitors to their sites. After reading the message, users and visitors could click-through to resume the usual Internet speeds.

Meanwhile, with the FCC's Net Neutrality proposal raising the question about Internet freedom and whether Internet is something where rates can be adjusted or it is something which is not to be tampered with, Sacramento's Digital Deployment CEO Mac Clemmens - involved in the business of developing websites - said: "That's a great question. I think there are a lot of people who believe that the Internet and the free exchange of information is a right. It's about freedom of speech."

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