Silicon Valley, California – As the government shutdown enters its second day — thanks to the stubborn Republicans and Tea Partiers in the U.S. Congress — three of the country’s social media giants threatened to go into their own shutdown unless the Legislature gets its act together soon.
Facebook, Google and Twitter issued a joint statement today saying that unless Congress passes a bill to reverse the government shutdown that went into effect yesterday, the social networking sites will also shut down their operations, essentially creating a total black screen on smart phones, tablets and computers.
Washington politicians know that the shutting down of Facebook, Google and Twitter will enrage millions of Americans who are already addicted to the social networks, and would, in effect, derail their chances of winning in next year’s midterm elections.
Facebook , Google and Twitter have given Congess until midnight tomorrow night to put up or shut up. The companies are urging their customers to inundate the phones, Facebook and Twitter pages, and web sites of their legislators with text messages and posts to pressure them to pass legislation that would put the government back in operation.
None of the Relublican leaders could be reached for comment because they all had left the Capitol early for happy hour in Washington, D.C. bars which were uncharacteristically empty tonight.