Wikipedia Fraud

Wikipedia has reported several cases of government employees and police officers that have made fraudulent changes to Wikipedia pages.

In 2014, Russia was caught changing an entry about the downing of a passenger jet from “shot down by terrorists” to “shot down by Ukrainian soldiers.”

Also in 2014, a Wikipedia “transparency bot” caught a computer in a U.S. House of Representatives office anonymously updating Donald Rumsfeld’s Wikipedia bio by adding that he is an “alien lizard.”

In 2015, the New York Police Department’s computer network at 1 Police Plaza headquarters was used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of police brutality — “Garner raised both his arms in the air” was changed to “Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke.”

The “Twitter Bots” have proven effective for tracking government edits to Wikipedia for transparency.

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