This is absolutely insane. For a few days Reddit has been making news for their 12 hour blackout on Wednesday in protest of SOPA/PIPA.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has been planning a much more drastic and mainstream protest for the controversial bill.
From around 4-5PM (approximately) AEST on Wednesday 18th of January, Wikipedia will go down for 24 hours. And we should make this clear: For 24 hours there will be no Wikipedia.
In place of regular Wikipedia will be a page explaining SOPA and PIPA and asking people to write or call US Congress and complain about the bill. The outcome from Wales is that he hopes Wikipedia “will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday.”
25 million people will see the page, according to average daily page views. It is the 6th most popular website in the world, according to Alexia. Not only will this be a massive blow for people that need Wikipedia content, but it will definately send a message and spread the message of the dangerous nature of the bill.
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