It's a tormenting day full of mourning for people who just like to spend endless amounts of hours and probably days on the internet.
As of today – net neutrality has just been repealed by the Federal Communications Commission and its chairman Ajit Pai happens to be the most detested man on the planet.
For those of you living under a rock – net neutrality means being able to browse through the internet – or what seems to be 90 percent of human's favourite hobby – without having to pay any extra amount than the data charges.
And as you can guess, the repeal means that you will not be able to indulge in copious amounts of hours spent scrolling through food videos and dog fails on Instagram unless you pay a heavy price for it.
Naturally, the generation of hilarious tweets, obsessive Instagram and relatable memes is not dealing with the news well, but they aren't the only ones. Significant leaders and celebrities have spoken up about the absolute lack of necessity for net neutrality multiple times in the past too.
This is an egregious attack on our democracy. The end of #NetNeutrality protections means that the internet will be for sale to the highest bidder. When our democratic institutions are already in peril, we must do everything we can to stop this decision from taking effect. https://t.co/8GGrJFMdrU— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 14, 2017
Which makes sense, because imagine having to pay up extra to stream your favourite show online. That's right, the repeal of net neutrality rules that were set in the era of everybody's beloved Barack Obama, means that Internet service providers can now block or slow down the flow of online content, and even charge extra for certain websites.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by Trump's administration, claims that the repeal "is not going to end the Internet as we know it. It is not going to kill democracy and it's not going to stifle free expression online."
But that hasn't stopped people on social media from sending out appeals in the form of tweets, Instagram posts and statuses on Facebook, to protest against this seemingly horrifying law.
Here's what they have to say!
Kids who go to school like me NEED the internet to write papers/turn in assignments/registrar for classes & pay tuition. Repealing #NetNeutrality kills education. It takes the fundamental human right. The access to information. The US is no longer a democracy. It's a dictatorship— ? Lacey Marie (@BasicLaceyy) December 15, 2017
Sadly.. This is true.