Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blackout day Against the SOPA

. Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Some popular sites administrator in the U.S. are agreed to against the application of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) laws. Plan "blackout" has revealed. the Plan "blackout", aka close the service for a while, is began to emerge since the law was considered too curb. Its application includes blocking sites deemed violated.

One of the protest against the SOPA conducted by In its official blog, user generated content site is set the date for January 18, 2012 as SOPA Blackout Day. On that day, local time, Reddit will be turned off for 12 hours. So if you are loyal visitors of, you may have to wait until they finish the protest, or maybe you can help support them via twitter.

The same action will be performed by the Wikimedia Foundation, which will close the service in English Wikipedia for 24 hours. In its official statement, the Wikimedia Foundation, calls this is a difficult step. They argue if the legislation passed, would be disastrous for the web that are open source and free. Previously, the founder of Twitter has also protested by garner support through avatars. All supporters of the anti-SOPA replace their avatar with the logo and writing anti-SOPA.

As reported by, companies in Silicon Valley, such as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, Wikipedia, and PayPal will be off line on January 18, 2012. However, the plan was not yet certain. Some companies are still not yet officially announced whether to participate in Blackout Day or not.

Facebook, for example, on the same day has planned to conduct the activities by inviting the media, while Twitter probably would not be turned off on that day. The online of Twitter instead received support from Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia. According to him, Twitter is better to stay active and is used to coordinate the movement of anti-SOPA.


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