Friday, July 14, 2017

Persistent Disruptive Editing

You know Congress?
The governing body with a 20% approval rating?

The governing body that only 12% have confidence in?

You know Wikipedia?

The free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it?

The reason 90% of high school graduates receive a diploma?

Did you know that congress was temporarily banned from editing Wikipedia? 

Back in 2014, Wikipedia barred all page modification from computers with a congressional address for ten days. 

And what "persistent disruptive editing" was done? 

For the most part, small changes were made indicating Cuba was behind several US events including the moon landing conspiracy.
However, Donald Rumsfeld was describing as an "alien lizard who eats Mexican babies".

If you are interested, you can track edits from Congress.

A few recent edits:

23 June 2017
Adam Schiff (the U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district)
was changed to Adam "The Shill" Schiff

2 March 2017
Rick Perry was announced as the nomination for United States Secretary of Oops rather than of Energy. 

10 February 2017
The United States Attorney General was changed from:
He or she serves at the pleasure of the president and can be removed by the president at any timeto:
He or she represents the people of the United States of America

and the section introducing Jeff Sessions was embellished: 
The 84th and current Attorney General is [[Jeff Sessions]] (whom is a racist) assumed the office on February 9, 2017.

Leading up to the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported on the editing process for the Clinton and Trump Wikipedia pages. 

Page changes have been made 12,000 times by 2,000 users with Trump's page being edited three times more often than Clinton's. 

Editors around the globe, many volunteers, discuss controversial changes before they are published.

Between the DNC leaked emails and everything Trump and his team did and said, the man hours must have been tremendous. 

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