FT: “Wikipedia in Clash Over Editing Rights”

Posted on January 14, 2012 by


From the Financial Times:

Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia co-founder, was on Friday invited to address around 50 employees at the Chime Communications-owned public relations agency by its co-founder, Lord Bell, after December’s sting by The Independent newspaper and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism recorded executives boasting of online manipulation and other “dark arts”.

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“Our policy around editing by paid advocates is a bit mushy at the moment,” Mr Wales admitted.

“The problem with the current approach is what counts as a minor factual update [which is permitted] or asking the community first is a bit hard to judge.”

Much of Mr Wales’ half-hour presentation was an explanation of how corporate representatives can ask for misleading content to be removed or altered without breaking its editing rules. Emailing info@wikipedia.org or raising issues on community noticeboards should achieve a solution within hours or at most a day, he said.

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