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Wikipedia was not sure whether it would go the way of others and blackout the entire site. But it did.
The entire English version of the online encyclopedia, which brings in over 400 million unique users monthly, went dark today. All pages were unavailable for viewing. The mobile site is not affected, however.
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, announced the move on Twitter earlier this week. The English version has 3.8 million articles. Other languages will "make their own decisions", Wales said.
WordPress.org hosts more blogs and websites than any other service on the web. While individual WordPress pages were not blacked out, the main page is -- giving the hundreds of thousands of users who visit the site on a daily basis a glimpse into what a SOPA-like world would be.
Users can also blackout their own WordPress blogs or sites should they wish to, and WordPress handily explained how. In a note, the company said: "There’s a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies".
You can read WordPress' comments here.
PostSecret is one of the gems of the Internet. You anonymously write a secret on a postcard, and you can send it away for it to be published online.
But PostSecret is vehemently against SOPA and anti-piracy, and has also blocked out its site. It has made no comment on the matter, but did ask its users on Twitter whether it should. The consensus ruled in protests' favour. In a tweet, PostSecret announced the blackout.