After watching an emotional, hotly contested football match, I retired to the soothing balm of the Web and the embrace of my chat room brothers for some chest-thumping, ego-stroking, self-congratulatory victory taunting.
One of the threads directed readers to the Wikipedia pages dedicated to players and coaches for the opposing team, where entries had been altered to suggest sexual impropriety and perversion, mental instability, and criminal records.
As a fan of satire and mockery, I nevertheless was slightly alarmed at the ease with which these changes were made and how long it took to have them yanked. There were then battles between the internet tough guys attacking the other team’s Wikipedia entries, causing what I can only imagine was a ton of work for the loyal Wikipedian peace keepers.
Granted, there are safe guards in place to prevent this kind of activity but businesses have been known to clandestinely alter competitor’s Wikipedia entries to create inflammatory or biased entries.
For more information or to see how pervasive this issue is, use your favorite search engine and check out WIkipedia sabotage.
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