US president Barack Obama vows to fight for free internet

US President Barack Obama has promised to fight for a free internet, while answering questions on social networking site Reddit

US President Barack Obama has promised to fight for a free internet, during a question and answer session on social networking site Reddit.

Barack Obama posted an “ask me anything” invitation on Reddit about an hour before responding to questions, according to US reports.

Obama later verified the post by tweeting about it from his campaign account and posting a picture of himself, reading Reddit questions off a laptop after a rally in Charlottesville.

“Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too. We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business,” Obama said.

“And although there will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won't stray from that principle - and it will be reflected in the platform.”

In closing, Obama said the session on Reddit was an example of how technology can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen democracy.

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I call BS, as long as the US keeps Megaupload offline. For anyone who's not up to date on that, it's the result of an illegal raid out of US jurisdiction as a pure result of lobbying (i.e. monetary incentive from the industry), followed by the seizure of assets, arrest and imprisonment without trial of a man who had committed no crime (as far as realistically can be demonstrated).

Still, Obama's preferable to Romney.

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I am sure Bradley Manning will be pleased to hear this.

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