Reddit to blackout in support for SOPA protests

Reddit has just announced that they are going to black out their service for a period of 12 hours in support of SOPA protests.

The company said:

We’ve seen some amazing activism organized by redditors at /r/sopa and across the reddit community at large. You have made a difference in this fight; and as we near the next stage, and after much thought, talking with experts, and hearing the overwhelming voices from the reddit community, we have decided that we will be blacking out reddit on January 18th from 8am–8pm EST (1300–0100 UTC).

Reddit to blackout in support for SOPA protests

During the blackout the company would provide information on how acts like SOPA and PIPA are harmful to the democratic nature of the internet and how regular web users would be affected by them.

Reddit added:

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.

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