Reddit, popular news sharing website, announced today through its official blog to shut the website down on January 18 in protest of proposed legislation against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), an act, if passed would give U.S. federal government the power to disable a website that it founds to be in copyright violation law. Reddit even also stated that the government, Congress is considering such a legislation that will change the person internet experience and put up the websites like reddit and many others to an end.
Reddit will be black out on January 18 from 08:00 hours to 20:00 hours EST to support the cause and raise its voice against the SOPA/PIPA. The move is a bold one by Reddit and is not at all unanimous is in nature.
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Reddit is a social news website where the registered users submit content, in the form of either a link or a text “self” post. Other users then vote the submission “up” or “down,” which is used to rank the post and determine its position on the site’s pages and front page.
Reddit was originally founded by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian. It was acquired by Condé Nast Publications in October 2006. In September 2011, Reddit was split from Condé Nast, and now operates as a subsidiary of Condé Nast’s parent company, Advance Publications.