Jana Technology Services Blog

September 22, 2007

Wikipedia policed by WikiScanner

Filed under: Technology — janats @ 12:13 pm

WikiScanner is a new tool that effectively polices the entries on Wikipedia.  The tool simply looks at the millions of edits made on the online encyclopedia and then matches the original IP address of the editor to check whether any entries were “massaged”.

Not surprisingly a minority showed signs of being massaged, in particular there were changes made to the entry for ExxonMobile the global oil company,  The edits tried to play down the impact of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster.  Other changes that were linked back to corporate IP addresses were Wal-Mart, who edit made salary information look more favourable, and links critical of Starbucks, the coffee shop, disappearing.

Fact – never believe what you read online – always double or even triple check the source…..

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