US Department of Justice banned from Wikipedia

Posted on May 15, 2008 

US Department of Justice banned from Wikipedia

Wikipedia has temporarily blocked edits from the US Department of Justice after someone inside the government agency tried to erase references to a particularly-controversial Wiki-scandal.

Early last week, the Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) was accused of organizing a secret campaign to influence certain articles on the “free encyclopedia anyone can edit”. Just days later, the DoJ’s IP range was used to edit the site’s entry on the Pro-Israel “media-monitoring group,” lifting a new section that detailed the controversy.

The DoJ did not respond to our requests for comment. But odds are, the edits were made by a single individual acting independently. Wikipedia’s ban on the department’s IP is due to be lifted today.

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One Response to “US Department of Justice banned from Wikipedia”

  1. dave on May 21st, 2008 1:01 am

    Government agencies and big companies are always editing Wikipedia to remove any accurate history that casts them in a bad light. Only the dumb ones get caught. The smart agents use networks not associated with their organization or use IP address mocking (easy for the gvt to do).

    If Wikipedia was around in the 1940s, all references to the Holocaust would be removed as NPV. Wikipedia should be called Propogandapedia.

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