Church of Scientology banned from editing Wikipedia
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Samantha Rose Hunt
June 2, 2009
In an effort to protect its online history Wikipedia.org has announced what could be considered the biggest ban in history.
Wikipedia has revoked the rights of any IP addresses which are connected to the Church of Scientology to contribute to the open encyclopedia.
This ban is the first time an entire organization has been booted from the site.
Wikipedia is the eighth largest site on the web, and contains a wealth of user compiled, edited and submitted data and information.
After citing a long history of inaccuracy and abuse by members of the Church of Scientology, the Arbitration Committee - the body which governs Wikipedia - came to a conclusion which ended in a 10 to 0 vote, with one abstention.
The church was banned due to biased edits. The church was accused by administration of "openly editing [Scientology-related articles] from Church of Scientology equipment and apparently coordinating their activities, damaging Wikipedia's reputation for neutrality."
Scientologists were also caught utilizing different addresses in attempts to try and hide the biased editing.
Under the ruling reached by The Arbitration Committee, Scientology IPs will “be blocked as if they were open proxies" however Wikipedia will allow individual contributors to request exemptions to this ruling.
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