On Wednesday, Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia blacked out their English version site to protest the anti-piracy legislation which is under consideration in the US Congress. The site will stand dark for the next twenty-four hours.
Other tech companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, AOL and various other popular sites have also spoken against the legislation and told that this act jeopardizes their livelihood. Some other sites like Reddit have also expressed their desire to go dark and join the protest as well.
Now, when you open any Wikipedia page, the site displays a black page and informs the visitor about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and the PIPA (Protest Intellectual Property Act).
Wikipedia is counted among the most visited as well as popular sites across the world with millions of daily visitors. The site is known to cover every little topic and provides information about almost everything.
The Wikimedia foundation stated that if the legislation is passed, then it will harm the free and open internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States. According critics, this legislation could harm the tech industry and go against the free speech rights.
Wikipedia depends on its network of editors and writers to update their site through its open-source program. If Stop Online Piracy Act were to pass, Wikipedia could be booked responsible for any info contributed to their site.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced their move on Monday via Twitter and told that the bills are a threat to the free, open and secure web. The site is also asking everyone to contact their senators to discuss this matter. A spokesperson for the Wikimedia foundation stated that Wikipedia is about being open.