Other Sites Shut Down to Protest Against SOPA and PIPA, but not Twitter

January 18th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

After Wikipedia announced that it gears for a black out of its English-language version today in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), other tech companies are joining the cause. Sites like Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress.org, and even icanhazCheezburger Network are going dark or completely inaccessible today as well.

The blackout is these site’s way of informing the public how their everyday online lives would be affected by the two bills, even for those living outside United States. For instance, a person uploading a video of him singing on YouTube puts him and the website at risk of being sued from recording companies for copyright infringement.

However, not everyone is shutting down. Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo announces that the micro-blogging site will not go dark or shut down in protest.

“That’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to a single-issue national politics is foolish,” Costolo tweeted. He added that he has “something else” up his sleeve to show his protest.

In reaction, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales said on Twitter: “The best action for Twitter might be to let us continue to use the service to organise our protests.”

Source: Mashable and International Business Times


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