We’ve got our eyes on this one: Form building startup Jotform.com, which hosts it’s domain on GoDaddy, was suspended two days ago by a U.S. government agency in the course of an investigation into content posted on Jotform’s site.
Jotform founder Aytekin Tank posted on their corporate blog defending Jotform and also directing users to move their forms to JotForm.net while the investigation is cleared up. Tank defended his site’s policing methods and results, saying, “This can happen to any site that allows public to post content. SOPA may not have passed, but what happened shows that it is already being practiced.” [emphasis added]
Tank also wrote an agitated post on Hacker News detailing his impatience at the U.S. Secret Service’s lethargy in responding to the case. He said; “I told them we are a web service with hundreds of thousands of users, so this is a matter of urgency, and we are ready to cooperate fully”.
We’re watching to see how this plays out. While there’s not a lot of information at present, it seems as if GoDaddy or the government or both may be dangerously close to the kinds of enforcement rules that were rejected with the shelving of SOPA and PIPA.