NEWS AND INFORMATION discussion web site Reddit will close down for one day this month to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA).
Discussions about the SOPA and PIPA legislation proposed in the US Congress have been popular on Reddit, and the web site's principals have made their opposition clear.
"They said 'bring in the nerds,' so I'm headed to DC to testify about SOPA/PIPA," tweeted Reddit co-founder and technology investor Alexis Ohanian as he began preparing to oppose SOPA in the US House of Representatives on 18 January.
That same day will see a Reddit blackout, according to a post on the web site. "We've seen some amazing activism organized by redditors at /r/sopa and across the reddit community at large," it said.
"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)."
The web site will not go down, but rather than showing lively discussions it will show a message warning about SOPA as well as advice on what people can do if they want to oppose it.
"We're as addicted to reddit as the rest of you. Many of you stand with us against PIPA/SOPA, but we know support for a blackout isn't unanimous. 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 Internet as we know it," it added.
"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." µ