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Reddit Plans 12-Hour Blackout to Protest SOPA

Written on January 11, 2012 by Chris Martin

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Reddit announces plans for a 12-hour blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA.

Social news sharing website announced plans for a 12-hour blackout on January 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act ().

The decision was announced in an official blog post written by the site’s administrators on Tuesday, January 10th. It states that during the 12-hour period, the usual user-submitted content will be replaced by “a simple message about how the /SOPA legislation would shut down sites like Reddit”.

“We’re not taking this action lightly. We wouldn’t do this if we didn’t believe this legislation and the forces behind it were a serious threat to Reddit and the as we know it. Blacking out Reddit is a hard choice, but we feel focusing on a day of action is the best way we can amplify the voice of the community.”

It also stated that while the Reddit community has been very vocal against SOPA, the decision to for a 12-hour blackout was not made unanimously. The Reddit team also encourages users to comment and leave suggestions on what to do during the 12-hour protest.

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