Wikipedia blackout: Wikipedia joins SOPA Strike, English version to have one-day offline on January 18

By on Jan 17, 2012 in Current Events, Internet, Technology, United States Comments

Updated: January 18, 2012 3:17 p.m.

Read PIPA/SOPA protest: Google, Wikipedia online protest starts, invite supporters

Website announced on Monday, January 16, 2012, that it will join the so-called SOPA Strike, in which the English version will have a one-day Wikipedia blackout on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.

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According to a press release by Wikipedia that day, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said that the online encyclopedia will go offline for 24 hours on the said date to express their protest against proposed legislation in the US.

Apparently, Wikipedia is referring to Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate, which are being believed to cause censorship or total shutdown of a lot of huge websites.

“Today, Wikipedians from around the world have spoken about their opposition to this destructive legislation,” Jimmy Wales was quoted at that day, noting 1800 Wikipedians have joined together in the past 72 hours.

“This is an extraordinary action for our community to take – and while we regret having to prevent the world from having access to Wikipedia for even a second, we simply cannot ignore the fact that SOPA and PIPA endanger free speech both in the US and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world.” Wales added.

Mr. Wales also used Twitter in inviting the public particularly those in the US to support the SOPA Strike, wherein other websites such as Reddit and Boing Boing, have earlier announced their plans to have a blackout online protest.

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