Reddit Declares War on SOPA

Author: Craig Blaha
Published: January 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

Reddit declares war on SOPA, plans service blackoutSocial news aggregator Reddit has announced their plan to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, SOPA, by blocking access to the Reddit service on January 18th from 8am - 8pm Eastern Standard time. Visitors who try to access the site will see a message about how the proposed legislation will effectively shut down sites like Reddit. The message will also have a list of resources, and will play the live video stream of the House hearing organized by Representative Issa.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Representative Issa (R-CA) will hold a hearing on January 18 to discuss the potential implications of SOPA on the DNS system, American innovation, and job creation, according to a press release. Witnesses include Lanham Napier: Chief Executive Officer, Rackspace Hosting, Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder,, and a number of other tech industry representatives.

Technorati reported that major tech companies such as Google were talking about a blackout to protest SOPA at the end of December. So far, Reddit is the first to issue a press release and set a firm date for a blackout, but CBS is reporting that Wikipedia may join the protest.

Reddit has asked community members to contribute ideas about what to do with all of their "extra cycles" on January 18th by contributing to r/SOPA.


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Craig is a privacy, secrecy, and social media researcher pursuing his PhD in Information Studies at UT Austin. Craig teaches undergraduate classes on Social Media and Privacy and the Internet and Public Policy. …

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