Google supports, Twitter mocks Wikipedia blackout

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January 18, 2012 13:52

 
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As Wikipedia, the popular user-written free Internet encyclopedia, blacked out English-language site for 24 hours on Wednesday to protest US anti-piracy legislation, Internet giant Google added its voice to the cause, but remained operational.

Wikipedia says the legislation, called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US House of Representatives and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the US Senate, "will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States."

Not every Internet company thought the blackout was so great, however. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted, "that's just silly. Closing a glocal business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish."

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