Wikipedia has started deleting hundreds of black hat articles. The site has also deleted 381 accounts who were engaged in undisclosed paid advocacy.

The accounts were engaged in undisclosed paid advocacy—the practice of accepting or charging money to promote external interests on Wikipedia without revealing their affiliation, in violation of Wikimedia’s Terms of Use. The editors issued these blocks as part of their commitment to ensuring Wikipedia is an accurate, reliable, and neutral knowledge resource for everyone.

In addition to blocking the 381 “sockpuppet” accounts—a term that refers to multiple accounts used in misleading or deceptive ways—the editors deleted 210 articles created by these accounts. Most of these articles, which were related to businesses, business people, or artists, were generally promotional in nature, and often included biased or skewed information, unattributed material, and potential copyright violations. The edits made by the sockpuppets are similar enough that the community believes they were perpetrated by one coordinated group [Wikipedia blog]

One casualty of this action is Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s pages (links: 1, 2).

OOPS ! VSS' page has been deleted
OOPS ! VSS’ page has been deleted

Ofcourse, we don’t know what really happened under the hood – but you can take a look at the list of orangemoody articles here.

– Hat tip: Techgoss  / Image credit: shutterstock

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