Wikipedia Blocks ‘Disruptive’ Edits from US House of Representatives

Posted by at 10:02 am on July 25, 2014

The 10-day block comes after anonymous changes were made to Wikipedia entries on politicians and businesses, as well as events like the Kennedy assassination.

The biography of former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an “alien lizard”.

One staffer said they were being banned for the “actions of two or three”.

Edits from computers using the IP address belonging to the House of Representatives have been banned before, following similar acts of vandalism.

“Maybe someone at the House of Representatives better think about their IT staff”
-Jimmy Wales
Founder of Wikipedia

The latest block comes after rogue edits were brought to light by a Twitter feed, @congressedits, which posts every change made from the government-owned address.

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