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Congressional Websites Go Dark, Too

Courtesy Rep. Zoe Lofgren's website
Visitors to Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s website were shown a graphic protesting the bills, but they could still click through to use the site normally.

Dan Weiser, spokesman for the House Chief Administrative Officer, said the chamber’s Web server has experienced “an increase in Web traffic ... which caused delays for some users.”

Although Weiser was unable to confirm a connection between the online protests and the at-times debilitating increase in traffic, the spike occurred as many protesting websites were encouraging visitors to contact their representatives in Congress.

Senate websites seemed to be experiencing similar delays. Although some websites appeared to be operating as normal, websites and contact forms belonging to PIPA supporters, such as Sen. Bob Corker (R–Tenn.), took longer than usual to load or did not load at all. The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, whose office oversees Senate.gov websites, did not respond to requests for comment.

Emma Dumain contributed to this report.

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