Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology From Its Site

By James Anderson •  Updated: 05/29/09 •  2 min read

The world’s largest online free encyclopedia has banned the Church of Scientology from its website. The San Fransisco based website has blocked the organization’s entire IP ranges from using its service because Wikipedia states that the Church is editing entries based on its own ideology and pushing its own agendas.

It’s not unusual for the site to block individual people from editing content on the site. The site must do this to stop repeat offenders that do not follow the website’s rules and regulations. This will be the first time that they have blocked an entire organization before.

I honestly do not see the point, the organization can use proxies and other means to get around the IP ban that Wikipedia has placed if they desired to do so.

Apparently, the group would use multiple machines and make many posting every day, only dealing with Scientology-related materials.

“The guys I worked with posted every day all day,” Tory Christman told The Register. “It was like a machine. I worked with someone who used five separate computers, five separate anonymous identities.. to refute any facts from the internet about the Church of Scientology.”

I’m sure this won’t be the last attempt by Wikipedia to block users from its services.

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