Commissioner de Gucht appreciates social networks:
…in the end the vote [on SOPA] had not been held, following a hostile campaign by social networks and the loss of White House support.
and social media also spoiled De Gucht’s ACTA project:
…, the intense media campaign which was unleashed in Europe, instigated largely by the social networks, had since led a number of Union Heads of State or Government to decide to delay signature or ratification of the agreement by their national parliaments. He added that the campaign had also had a considerable influence on Members of the European Parliament and, following recent contacts with various political groups, he now felt it would be difficult to muster a majority in favour of ACTA within the EP.