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Apple, MS, Dell caught editing Wikipedia

updated 06:35 pm EDT, Tue August 21, 2007

Apple, MS, Dell edit wikis

It appears that representatives or at least employees of Apple, Microsoft, Dell and other major brands have been editing Wikipedia entries concerning their companies, in some cases removing or altering truthful but pejorative information and in other cases adding negative entries about competing firms. The findings come from Virgil Griffith, who created a program -- dubbed Wikipedia Scanner -- that reveals who edits Wikipedia articles, via a system where it scans the IP address and cross-references it with a geographical database. Among the allegations: Microsoft tried to cover up the Xbox 360 failure rate; Apple edited Microsoft entries, adding more negative comments about its rival, and vice versa; Dell deleted negative comments on customer services and removed a passage how the company outsources work to third world countries.

MaltaStar reports that Griffith created the tool to "create minor public relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike." [...] "He admitted that it's impossible to be sure if the edits were made by someone working at one of the organizations, although the IP address reveals that they were made by someone with access to their network, he says."




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  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    the last shall be first

    first of all - read the last paragraph.

    second - this is pretty funy.

    third - you mean there might be phony Wikipedia articles????? NOOOOO.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    more character

    That is one of the reasons Wikipedia is so much better than Britannica. It is so much more entertaining. I puts me to sleep just thinking about when I used to read the Encyclopedia. And people really think that similar things aren't done in other reference works - just look at the "respected" media - it least Wikipedia is light hearted about it and you don't have to pay for it or have it outdated in a year..

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    wow

    im going to call 1800WHOGIVESACRAP and tell them about this news.

  1. Chris CA

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    ???

    "He admitted that it's impossible to be sure if the edits were made by someone working at one of the organizations, although the IP address reveals that they were made by someone with access to their network, he says."" Apple spinmeisters logged onto MS network and edited articles stating Apple is c***. Then they left a trail leading to MS so they would get the blame.

    and vice versa.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    yawn

    I've done this as an employee of my company: editing/correcting entries on topics about which I'm an expert, namely our business. Unofficially and discussing it with anyone at work. Big deal; this isn't news.

  1. hokizpokis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    sour grapes

    so if you found a negative article on wiki posted by your ex-girl friend about your annoying habits, you too would be tracked and labeled as a hacker

    all this is a publicity stunt for wiki anyway

    the real problem here is the fine line between common knowledge and slander or factual accurate details and negative mumbo

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    it's not just a prank

    A few years ago, I kept editing wikipedia pages about iraq, suggesting they might have weapons of mass destruction. I sure regret that little prank...guys think before you edit, learn from me.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Can't fight Wiki Hall

    "create minor public relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike."

    Sooo, which companies doesn't he like? Apparently, ALL OF THEM!

    This guy is going to have quiet a time keeping his Wiki page from being bogusly edited. Employees from every company in America now are going to be after him.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Instead

    Maybe, he should have thought about creating a program to secure ones own wiki page first.

    THEN invent the scanner program.

    I can't believe Microsoft would stoop sooo low. I've lost so much respect for them now. Billy, say it ain't so! lol.

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I give a c***

    The Wiki is cool-- but its integrity - like that of the White House or the UN - only reflects the integrity of its contributors.

    Primary entries should be locked and uneditable. Commentary should follow.

    (Locked? Uneditable? ... REMIND you of anyone?)

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