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."