Wikipedia bans Scientologists
I may have been laughing at Wikipedia yesterday for Brian Cowen’s apparently well-hidden UN family connections, but today’s news is no laughing matter. Apparently Wikipedia has banned the Church of Scientology and its members from making edits to entries on its site.
According to the Register, the move means that IP addresses from the controversial church and its members will be blanket banned in the same way open proxies are.
The move is fairly significant, but it’s not one sided. In true Web 2.0 form, the Wikipedia entry for the Church of Scientology has already been updated. And according to it, the site has also banned editors with an anti-Scientologist agenda from making changes to certain topics. It says:
“The Arbitration Committee of the Wikipedia internet encyclopedia decided in May 2009 to restrict access to its site from Church of Scientology IP addresses, to prevent self-serving edits by Scientologists. A “host of anti-Scientologist editors” were topic-banned as well. The committee concluded that both sides had “gamed policy” and resorted to “battlefield tactics”, with articles on living persons being the ‘worst casualties’. “
I’m sure the enterprising people in the Church of Scientology will find a way around the ban sooner or later. Anyone want to take bets on how long?