GoDaddy Braces for Today's Mass Exodus

Registrar faces boycott over support of SOPA
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2011 6:39 AM CST
Updated Dec 29, 2011 7:45 AM CST
GoDaddy Braces for Today's Mass Exodus
GoDaddy girl Joan Rivers might want to look for a new gig.   (Photo: Business Wire)

It's D-Day for GoDaddy: The domain king today faces a potentially devastating mass exodus over its brief support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial anti-piracy measure before Congress that's got First Amendment huggers hot under the collar. Seems GoDaddy's thumbs-up fell afoul of a single Reddit user, who uses the handle SelfProdigy and issued a call to dump the service that went viral. "My heart was broken," he says. "I've used them for years."

GoDaddy predictably reversed its SOPA position post-haste, but thousands had already left, many more were further enraged by the flip-flop, and the mass boycott remains set for today, notes FoxNews. “The outcry kind of forced our hand,” says's founder, who has already taken his registry entries elsewhere. "I’m against the SOPA act and imgur as a company is against it. We just feel it is terrible that would support this legislation." (More GoDaddy stories.)

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