The US non-profit organization to which Wikipedia belongs said that the freely edited encyclopedia by public users has been “infiltrated” with the goal of helping China advance its goals. The Wikimedia Foundation told the BBC that this kind of penetration has threatened the “foundation of Wikipedia.” The foundation has issued a ban on seven editors accused of being related to the Chinese organization. The Wikimedians of Mainland China user group accused the foundation of “baseless defamation of a small group of people.”
According to a BBC report, Wikipedia banned seven editors of the “Chinese Mainland Wikivers User Group” on the grounds of infiltration by pro-China forces.
According to Maggie Dennis, vice chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation Foundation, in a memo to volunteer editors, “The scope and nature of this case is unprecedented,” she said. Penetration in Wikipedia has been investigated for nearly a year. But this summer, “credible threats” to the safety of volunteer editors have “made us a priority to respond quickly.”
According to Dennis, the foundation is fighting against the group “Occupy”, an action that refers to a group of users occupying Wikipedia editing rights to support a particular point of view. Dennis said that in this case, these infiltrators tried to promote “China‘s goals, deduced by the information filtering they implemented.” She said, “Manipulating content is a goal,” but she also said: “I cannot point the finger at the Chinese government in this regard, and there is no information to guide me to do so.”
According to the report, volunteer editors from the two places once launched an “editing war” in Wikipedia articles about Hong Kong political events.
However, Wikipedia stated that this “long-term in-depth investigation” of the Wikipedia user group in mainland China has banned seven users of the 300-member organization and revoked the administrator rights of the other 12 people. .
In addition, there are some concerns that the election of the managerial role with power may be manipulated, and the editing process may be at risk of being overwhelmingly controlled.
In a post in response to the ban, the Chinese mainland wikis accused the Wikimedia Foundation of “unresearched and failed to listen to the opinions of the community” to take relevant actions.
However, Dennis stated that the action taken by the foundation took into account the conflict between wikis in mainland China and volunteer editors in Hong Kong.
In July of this year, Hong Kong Free Press reported that when describing political events, there was a struggle between editors in the two places. After Hong Kong’s “Apple Daily” announced the suspension of operations and the arrest of a number of its senior staff, the situation worsened.
According to “Hong Kong Free Press” reports, editors in mainland China are increasingly “encouraging the use of Chinese official media as a reliable source of news information” in Wikipedia articles. The report revealed that some people were still discussing in online chat groups, reporting Hong Kong editors to the National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police Force.
According to “Hong Kong Free Press” reporter Selina Cheng told the BBC that some members of the Hong Kong Wikipedia community are now afraid of “commenting on politically sensitive articles.” She said, “Hong Kong users are afraid that they might be targeted because their identities are exposed.” They have asked the Wikimedia Foundation’s credit and security team for help.