Wikipedia protests SOPA / PIPA, plans 24-hour blackout

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Wikipedia has announced that they will be shutting down their website (English-language) for a full day in response to the SOPA and PIPA legislation. The shutdown will begin Wednesday midnight )Washington DC time).

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, announced this over his Twitter account.

The Wikipedia’s page will be replaced by a page that calls for people to call and write Congress. Wales was hoping that the calls would “melt phone systems” in the nations capital.

According to Comscore, the English-language Wikipedia has an estimated 25 million visitors a day worldwide. It currently ranks as the sixth most popular website in the world behind Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo! and Amazon.

To students, Jimmy Wales tweeted that they better do their homework early as the site will be offline for 24 hours.

Wikipedia is one of the more popular online encyclopedia’s out there.

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