Do you use Wikipedia as a trusted resource for information and background on a variety of topics? If you answered yes, you might want to rethink that. Wikipedia editors recently revealed that potential hundreds of their entries are paid ‘sockpuppet’ entries. ‘Sockpuppet’ entries are fake, and used for promotional purposes – these are infact against Wikipedia’s policies.
Upon discovering these fake entries, Wikipedia have blocked and or banned more than 250 accounts, believed to be ‘Sockpuppet’ accounts. According to the Executive Editor, Sue Gardner “…these violate the core principles that have made Wikipedia so valuable for so many people”.
So who could be behind these accounts? Wikipedia has shared they believe Silicon Valley dot-coms, doctors, and an oil company to be responsible.
How can you help identify fake entries? ‘Sockpuppet’ account entries will have a promotional tone to them. You certainly won’t come across anything negative within these reports.
Have you come across any suspicious Wikipedia reports? Tell us!