It’s ironic that the web speaks the loudest when it shuts up. But as the Cheezburger network joins Reddit, domain registrar Tucows and other sites such as Wikipedia that are considering a blackout on Jan. 18 in protest of Congress’ attempts to pass legislation to stop piracy, it’s becoming clear that site owners believe an end to their chatter might matter. On Thursday, Ben Huh — CEO of the Cheezburger Network, which hosts famous sites such as the Fail Blog and I Can Haz Cheezburger — said on Twitter that the company’s sites would be blacked out in protest.
Reddit made a similar decision on Tuesday, and as far back as November, when Tumblr “censored” it’s users’ sites, web companies have been making it clear that their form of SOPA activism would be less about donating to campaign coffers and more about driving their millions of users…
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