Wikipedia has block 381 accounts for black hat editing (effort at an exorbitant charge by an organization group).
An operation was conducted named “Orangemoody”, with which there was a first suspect account was identified. The suspect has 254 site’s editors articles that claim has been created by sockpuppets, writing or editing entries for pay.
They involve records regarding a waterpark in Cyprus, a travel company, a cooking school and numerous authors and musicians.
“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,” write Ed Erhart and Juliet Barbara.
“The edits made by the sockpuppets are similar enough that the community believes they were perpetrated by one coordinated group.”
It’s worth noting that it’s not actually against Wikipedia rules to be paid for making edits – many museums, universities and research institutions around the world ask staff to keep certain entries up to date. Doing it without disclosing the fact, though, is different.
The company changed its policies to specifically ban the practice two years ago, after it emerged that PR agencies had been paying contributors to write favorable articles about their clients. More than 300 accounts were banned.
source : forbes
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