Friday, August 24, 2007


I came across this article via maltaStar about a program created by Virgil Griffith that tracks who is editing Wikipedia entries. Many people (including myself) take information found on Wikipedia as a legitimate, trustworthy source. And I believe it is – for the most part. But none this less, this Wikipedia Scanner has apparently shed some interesting light on entries made by a number of major corporations, the Vatican and even parts of the U.S. government. A few examples:

  • In the 9/11 Wikipedia article, the NRA added that “Iraq was involved in 9/11”.
  • Fox News removes all controversial topics against the network from the Fox News page.
  • Sony removes harmful paragraphs against Blu-ray systems.
If you're not familar with Wikipedia, it's an online encyclopedia edited by general users, who write articles on every imaginable subject. Since it is written by users, anyone can edit, delete and arrange the articles on the site. So it's technically OK for organizations to edit entries. But man, is it interesting to see who's changing what.

Check out the article and more editing examples here

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