After Netflix revealed the existence of the political action committee FLIXPAC, many voices raised concerns regarding the fact that the move may be a way to show support for controversial anti-piracy laws such as SOPA or PIPA. Even though the company denied the accusations, Anonymous are determined to protest.
According to Forbes
, Netflix representatives stated that SOPA and PIPA have nothing to do with the new committee.
“PACs are commonplace for companies that lead a big, growing market and Netflix is no exception. Our PAC is a way for our employees to support candidates that understand our business and technology,” a Netflix spokesperson said.
“It was not set up for the purpose of supporting SOPA or PIPA. Instead, Netflix has engaged on other issues including network neutrality, bandwidth caps, usage based billing and reforming the Video Privacy Protection Act.”
However, the statement didn’t convince hacktivists who are ready to boycott the streaming service.
“Dear freedom lovers, Netflix is forming a PAC to push for a new version of SOPA, cancel your sub and go back to pirating!” read a tweet
posted by YourAnonNews.
“Dear Netflix We are Anonymous, We are legion, We never forgive, We never forget, Expect us. #OpBoycottNetflix part one,” the hackers continued
The initiative seems to be supported by many, a lot of Anonymous supporters already announcing that their Netflix subscriptions will be canceled.
Similar protests have paid off in the past and it remains to be seen if this one will have the same effects.
On the other hand, there’s a new law that is already making waves in the cyber world. It’s called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and hacktivists have already attacked the sites
of two major telecoms associations to protest against it.
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