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WordPress.org hosts more blogs and websites than any other service on the web. While individual WordPress pages were not blacked out, the main page is -- giving the hundreds of thousands of users who visit the site on a daily basis a glimpse into what a SOPA-like world would be.
Users can also blackout their own WordPress blogs or sites should they wish to, and WordPress handily explained how. In a note, the company said: "There’s a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies".
You can read WordPress' comments here.
PostSecret is one of the gems of the Internet. You anonymously write a secret on a postcard, and you can send it away for it to be published online.
But PostSecret is vehemently against SOPA and anti-piracy, and has also blocked out its site. It has made no comment on the matter, but did ask its users on Twitter whether it should. The consensus ruled in protests' favour. In a tweet, PostSecret announced the blackout.
O'Reilly Media is one of the largest publishers of technical writing and geekery on the market. It has not only been around since the birth of the Internet, but it is one of the most recognisable brands in the publishing market.
On the blackout page, Tim O'Reilly said: "We’re in one of the greatest periods of social and business transformation since the Industrial Revolution, a transformation driven by the open architecture of the Internet. New technologies, new companies, and new business models appear every day, creating benefits to society and the economy. But now, fundamental elements of that Internet architecture are under attack."
You can read O'Reilly's comments here.