Things looked vastly different Tuesday on several popular websites that had pledged their support to the campaign against the controversial Evidence Act amendment (No. 2).
Black pop-ups on their main pages greeted website visitors, explaining to them about the recently gazetted Section 114(a) of the Act which presumes guilt on the part of Internet users.
Bloggers such as The Star columnists Marina Mahathir and Niki Cheong also took part in the Internet Blackout Day, posting up the pop-ups and banners which plainly said “Stop 114A”.
News portals Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today as well as the Bar Council website also put up the pop-ups on their websites, together with online journal Loyar Burok.
Scores of local Internet users changed their profile pictures on their Twitter and Facebook accounts to a black “Stop 114A” button.
The Internet Blackout Day is coordinated by the centre of Independent Journalism as part of the “Stop 114A” campaign.
It called for Internet users to show their displeasure by blackening out their websites and profile pictures in protest of the amendment, which would automatically presume guilt on Internet users for offensive postings made using their identities or devices.
However, some Internet users opted for a harder approach and going offline completely.