Fahmida Y Rashid
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
GoDaddy is getting some heat for supporting a controversial anti-piracy bill being debated in the United States. A thread on Reddit, a popular social news-sharing site, calling for people to transfer their domains away from GoDaddy to some other registrar has spurred customers into calling for a boycott.
A small business owner with the username “selfprodigy” condemned the online registrar giant for supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in a thread posted on Reddit. Selfprodigy claimed to have already transferred 51 domains to a competing registrar and encouraged others to do the same.
Many users have heeded the call, and one CEO is threatening to join the boycott and take his business elsewhere if GoDaddy does not retract its support.
“We will move our 1,000 domains off @godaddy unless you drop support of SOPA. We love you guys, but #SOPA-is-cancer to the Free Web,” Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, the company with popular meme sites such as I Can Has Cheezburger, FAIL Blog, and Know Your Meme, wrote on Twitter.
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