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162 million people saw Wikipedia blacked out

Internet protest was a success
Thu Jan 19 2012, 09:09

ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA Wikipedia reckons that 162 million people saw its anti-SOPA protest yesterday.

The online encyclopedia was late to announce that it would go dark to protest proposed internet censorship but its participation had an impact. Twitter was full of complaints about the outage while newspapers and security experts were quick to post workarounds.

That there were workarounds does not seem to have dulled the impact though, as the firm said that 162 million saw the Wikipedia blackout page and eight million looked up their elected representatives' contact information via the provided Wikipedia tool.

These are high numbers, even for Wikipedia, and in a Twitter message, Wikipedia's leader Jimmy Wales said that on a usual school day its web site visits would hover around the 30 million mark.

Wikipedia is all about facts, of course, and there we learn other information about the Stop SOPA protest. It said that Anti-SOPA and PIPA keywords started to trend on Twitter almost immediately as web pages started going dark.

"At one point, #wikipediablackout constituted 1 per cent of all tweets, and SOPA accounted for a quarter-million tweets hourly during the blackout," it added.

Wikipedia's front page was blacked out for a 24 hour period yesterday. µ


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