Sock puppets, bribery and blackmail - Wikipedia bans over 300 'black hat' editors

03 September 2015 - 12:52 By AFP

Wikipedia said that it has blocked more than 300 accounts being used by people being paid to create or tweak entries at the communally sourced online encyclopedia. Weeks of investigation revealed 381 accounts being used at the English version of Wikipedia for "black hat" editing in which people took money to promote outside interests without disclosing they were on someone's payroll, according to a blog post.

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