Twitter slams Wikipedia's 24-hour shutdown
Wikipedia, one of the world's most popular online encyclopedia websites, has confirmed that it will shut down its English site for 24-hours on Jan 18 in protest against the contentious US online piracy bill namely the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP (PIPA), aimed at fighting online piracy.
In a statement, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder said, "today Wikipedians from around the world have spoken about their opposition to this destructive legislation. This is an extraordinary action for our community to take – and while we regret having to prevent the world from having access to Wikipedia for even a second, we simply cannot ignore the fact that Sopa and PIPA endanger free speech both in the United States and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world."
Meanwhile, the online encyclopedia which is the sixth most popular destination on the Internet attracts 25 million visitors a day.