Reddit to go dark January 18 to protest SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been in the news a lot lately. The legislation, which is currently being debated in the US Congress, has come under fire by many fronts in the tech industry for being too broad of a law that could affect any web site operator. This week, the popular user generated news site Reddit announced that one week from today, January 18, it would go dark in protest of SOPA.

In their message announcing the black out of the web site, Reddit announced:

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.

The actual shut down of Reddit will happen for 12 hours on January 18, between 8 am and 8 pm Eastern time. It will certainly affect a lot of people. A few days ago, Reddit announced that in December 2011 it had over 34 million unique visitors and over 2 billion page views.

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reddit going dark is fine and all but a real gesture would be FB or Twitter shutting down for a day. But im guessing the investors of those companies wouldnt allow it.

Congrats to Reddit for organizing a stupid event that is only going to hurt your user base. I do not support SOPA at all but this is really not the way to protest it.

ir0nw0lf said,
Congrats to Reddit for organizing a stupid event that is only going to hurt your user base. I do not support SOPA at all but this is really not the way to protest it.

Strikes sure have shown to be very inefficient in getting your point across in history!

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GS:mac

*rolls eyes* Yes, because if there's one thing Reddit's visitors aren't exposed to on the front page every day, it's the SOPA discussion.

This will have zero effect.

Joshie said,
*rolls eyes* Yes, because if there's one thing Reddit's visitors aren't exposed to on the front page every day, it's the SOPA discussion.

This will have zero effect.


The more high profile sites join this campaign, the more it's heard by other people who might catch the news on TV, other sites, etc...

GS:mac

You mean the more a watered-down perspective shared by people who play one big game of opinion telephone while doing everything within their power to avoid reading the actual bill is heard. A bill that has serious problems, NONE of which are the ones people are discussing, instead choosing to rage and cry about doomsday scenarios that have nothing to do with SOPA.

I swear, everytime I see someone assert that SOPA gives the government the power to shut down US-hosted discussion boards, I see someone who's never read anything other than blogs and threads.

They are not only protesting SOPA, but also protesting PIPA (PROTECT IP Act). Which is another bill with similar implications.

they should rent out that bandwidth

defiantly gonna effect a LOT of users.

hopefully they will take the time they would have spent on reddit to actually read the law.

Are you in support of SOPA? Your post is a little vague and some insight would be nice, especially on this point:

ShareShiz said,

hopefully they will take the time they would have spent on reddit to actually read the law.

Axel said,
Are you in support of SOPA? Your post is a little vague and some insight would be nice, especially on this point:

Supporting or opposing, it's not a long bill, and considering how passionate some people are about it, it wouldn't hurt to actually read the dang thing. I think it's safe to assume that the majority of people in the discussion have never read anything other than blog posts and forum/comment threads.

And it says something when the most vocal opponents of anything are the least informed.