Twitter Fills The Gap When Wikipedia Went Black

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Wikipedia was shut down on Wednesday to protest anti-piracy bills in Congress. But Twitter was there to fill the encyclopedic void. "Facts Without Wikipedia" became a trending topic. One tweet informed readers that Star Wars was based on the work of William Shakespeare.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, hoping you made it through a day without Wikipedia. The site was shut down yesterday to protest anti-piracy bills in Congress. Good thing Twitter was there to fill the encyclopedic void. Facts without Wikipedia became a trending topic, informing readers that "Star Wars" was based on the work of Shakespeare, Sweden changed the colors of its flag to yellow and blue after the success of IKEA, and bacon is good for you. It's MORNING EDITION.

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