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Mail Call: From Daniel Boratko, junior nuclear enginnering major

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 23:07

Upon reading Wednesday's issue of The Battalion, I was sorely disappointed in the misrepresented views of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo on Wikipedia's decision to blackout to raise awareness of House Bill SOPA and Senate Bill PIPA. The out-of-context tweet is even bolded and repeated at the bottom of the article. Subsequent tweets between Dick Costolo and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, clarify that Costolo was only referring to Twitter when he tweeted "closing a global business in reaction to single issue national politics is foolish." He expresses that he himself would be hypothetically foolish to blackout, given Twitter's nature as an effective tool for disseminating information. Costolo tweeted @jimmy_wales on Jan. 16 "[I] was only referring to Twitter in response to explicit tweet suggesting we lacked courage for not shutting down...." Wales later responded "Thank you. The Guardian misinterpreted you. I thought so. You guys rock." I'm happy to see an article about SOPA/PIPA in The Battalion, but I would expect the writers to at least perform basic research before submitting the article and it ending up on the front page with false information.


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