BBC Investigation: Communist China Is Manipulating Wikipedia

Breitbart | 10/8/2019 | Staff
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A BBC investigation of Wikipedia found that communist China is manipulating the supposed “online encyclopedia” using techniques such as “mass edits.” The investigation found more than 1,600 edits on 22 “politically sensitive” topics such as Taiwan and the Hong Kong protests.

BBC News reports that the Wikipedia page for Taiwan has become the grounds of an edit war between China and Taiwan, with China insisting that the area is a “province in the People’s Republic of China” while Taiwan claims that it is “a state in East Asia.” The edits have been made and changed repeatedly on the page, causing many digital devices such as iPhones to give conflicting answers as to whether or not the state of Taiwan existed.

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Jamie Lin, a board member of Wikimedia Taiwan, stated: “This year is a very crazy year, a lot of Taiwanese Wikipedians have been attacked.” Many other Wikipedia pages have seen mass edit attempts in recent months, such as the page for the Hong Kong protests which has seen as many as 65 edits in the space of one day. The edits mainly related to whether those involved were “protesters” or “rioters.”

On the Mandarin version of Wikipedia, the article on the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre was edited to describe the event as “the June 4th incident” to “quell the counter-revolutionary riots.” The Dalai Lama is referred to as a Tibetan refugee on the English version while the Mandarin version calls him a Chinese exile.

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Lin commented: “It’s control by the [Chinese] Government. That’s very terrible.” An investigation by BBC Click found almost 1600 edits across 22 politically sensitive articles designed to promote a controversial viewpoint or opinion. Jie Ding, an official from the China International Publishing Group, an organisation controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, argued in a paper that “there is a lack...
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