Companies and party aides cast censorious eye over Wikipedia

  • Bobbie Johnson, technology correspondent
  • The Guardian
  • Wednesday August 15 2007
Wikipedia entries ranging from Labour Students to a US supplier of voting machines have undergone some massaging
Editing your own entry on Wikipedia is usually the province of vain celebrities keen for some good PR. But a new website has uncovered dozens of companies that have been editing the site in order to improve their public image.

The Wikipedia Scanner, which trawls the backwaters of the popular online encyclopaedia, has unearthed a catalogue of organisations massaging entries, including the CIA and the Labour party.

Workers operating on CIA computers have been spotted editing entries including the biography of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, while unnamed individuals inside the Vatican have worked on entries about Catholic saints Рand Sinn F̩in leader Gerry Adams.

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