Did you ever imagine one of the Major Internet Information banks like Wikipedia going dark…Yes!! It happened on 18th Jan, where the Wikipedia administrators had blocked the content of their website to bring in the awareness within the huge community that access its knowledge bank.
Why Wikipedia did block its site??
The idea of shutting down the website for a day is to shout loud against the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act), acts that US Congress had scheduled for a vote on legislation for Jan 24th 2012.
What are SOPA and PIPA and why one should protest against it?
Let’s discuss what are the consequences introducing the SOPA and PIPA act. Simply describing US Government wants to censor the entire websites leaving no discretion to the viewers in United States; it wants to take the help of the internet service providers to block the pirate websites and search engines to scrub results from the sites, among antipiracy measures. This being good news for Hollywood and music Industries. But majority of the internet community is against since they are arguing that this might harm the free speech. This being a particular concern for websites like Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, all of which profoundly depending on the content uploaded by the users. In real sense imagine that you are on Facebook and an auto bot inspecting each and every comment posted by you for its genuine version and validating if you have copied the content from somewhere.
Let us not expect that it would turn out to be such complex scenario. Even search giant Google Inc., which didn’t shut down its site, but around midnight covered most of the logo on its U.S. homepage with a black box, and added a link asking users to tell Congress “please don’t censor the web.”