Sunday, July 20, 2014

WikiWars: Russian government edits Wikipedia to claim Ukraine shot down flight MH17

Before editing, the entry said flight MH17 was shot down by separatists with equipment given to them by Russia.

Via The Telegraph:
A political battle has broken out on Wikipedia over an entry relating to the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, with the Russian government reportedly removing sections which accuse it of providing "terrorists" with missiles that were used to down the civilian airliner.
A Twitter bot which monitors edits made to the online encyclopaedia from Russian government IP addresses (unique numbers relating to certain computers or networks) has spotted that changes are being made to a page relating to the crash.
It appears that an internet user from within the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) changed a Russian language version of a page listing civil aviation accidents to say that "The plane [flight MH17] was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers".
By the way, Congress loves to play this game. 

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