Reddit will black out on January 18 to protest SOPA

By on January 16, 2012
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Wikipedia is planning to do the same.


The good news is that the White House is taking notice of the online petitions and outrcy against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Obama himself has said that there are things in there that will not come to pass. But that shouldn’t be the end of it and major website Reddit is planning to black out for an entire day to protest it.

Reddit announced the following on their site:

Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action. We will showcase the live video stream of the House hearing where Internet entrepreneurs and technical experts (including reddit co-founder Alexis “kn0thing” Ohanian) will be testifying. We will also spotlight community initiatives like meetups to visit Congressional offices, campaigns to contact companies supporting PIPA/SOPA, and other tactics.

Reddit is a major website for a lot of internet users and this is bound to bring more attention to the issue which is always a good thing. Wikipedia and other major sites are mulling the same and it will be interesting to see how it affects the outcome of the film since pretty much everyone is against it.

What do you think?


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