Hacker group Anonymous has announced that it will stop all operations for twelve hours to oppose the passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as a law in the US.
Hot on the heels of Reddit’s take on SOPA, the controversial hacker group now wants to jump aboard a massive blackout on January 18 from 8AM to 8PM.
Anonymous, through its @AnonymousIRC Twitter account, is also trying to persuade other big companies and organizations such as Google and Wikipedia to join the protest.
“Reddit recently announced that they will be blacking out the site from 0800-2000, Jan 18th,” said Wikipedia head Jimmy Wales. “Were Wikipedia to consider a similar measure, it might make sense to do so at the same time, to increase impact.”
“You are an agent of change. Has anyone ever told you that? Well, I just did, and I meant it,” said WordPress as it also joined the fray against SOPA. “There’s something going on in U.S. politics right now that we need to make sure you know about and understand, because it affects us all.”
“We are not a small group. More than 60 million people use WordPress – it’s said to power about 15 per cent of the web. We can make an impact, and you can be an agent of change,” WordPress added. “The Senate votes in two weeks, and we need to help at least 41 more senators see reason before then. Please. Make your voice heard.”