Wikipedia and some other Internet companies blacked out their websites in one way or the other early Wednesday in protest against controversial legislation in…
By John Ribeiro
Wikipedia and some other Internet companies blacked out their websites in one way or the other early Wednesday in protest against controversial legislation in the U.S.
Google blacked out its logo and posted a message on its home page that said “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the Web!”. The message, which was visible to users of google.com outside the U.S. as well, linked to a petition opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.
More websites are expected to register their protest by 8:00 am Eastern Time on Wednesday.
Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, which runs humor websites, for example, said in a Twitter message that his company sites would have a blackout from 8.00 am.
Wikimedia Foundation said on Monday that the Wikipedia community had decided to black out its English version to users worldwide to protest against SOPA and PIPA.