Wikipedia, other websites go dark in anti-piracy bill protest

(CNN) — Wikipedia was among several websites to shut down at midnight in protest of anti-piracy bills now in Congress that critics say could amount to censorship.

Instead of the usual encyclopedia articles, visitors to Wikipedia’s English-language site Wednesday were greeted by a message about the decision to black out its Web page for an entire day.

“Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge,” a stark message in white letters on a black and gray background read.

“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.” (Full Story)


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