UK Wikipedia probe into paid-for 'sockpuppet' entries

  • 21 October 2013
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UK Wikipedia editors have expressed "shock and dismay" at the discovery of hundreds of user accounts set up to make paid-for entries.
Paid-for advocacy and the adoption of fake "sockpuppet" identities for promotional purposes are against the free web encyclopaedia's policies.
Sue Gardner, executive editor of the Wikimedia Foundation, said "as many as several hundred" accounts were suspect.
Editors have blocked or banned more than 250 accounts, she added.
"Our goal is to provide neutral, reliable information for our readers, and anything that threatens that is a serious problem," said Ms Gardner.
"We are actively examining this situation and exploring our options."
Wikipedia considers paid-for advocacy a "black hat" practice, she said, that "violates the core principles that have made Wikipedia so valuable for so many people."
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What? You mean there were biased articles on Wikipedia!?!?!
Say it ain't so!  :D
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Wow who would have known.