- Translation &commentary: Jenny Ball
- Editor: JIHO
A few days ago, Wikipedia revoked the login right of 7 mainland users and the editing rights of 12 administrators. In this regard, some people in the industry revealed that pro-communist forces infiltrated Wikipedia to continuously modify the rules to realize the CCP’s right to speak，which is very harmful. In the future, the Wikimedia Foundation will further clean up these people.
Recently, the Wikimedia Foundation has taken a series of actions against core members of the Wikipedia user groups in mainland China. Maggie Dennis, deputy general manager of the legal department of the Wikimedia Foundation, issued an announcement saying: Starting September 13, the Wikimedia Foundation will deal with concerns about the infiltration of Wikipedia more deeply.
According to the announcement, after an in-depth investigation into the relevant actions of some members of the unrecognized “Wikimedians of Mainland China”, it was decided to ban 7 users across the domain and remove 12 administrators. At the same time, some editors were informed of the relevant policies, and they were required to stop canvassing and personal search.
Dennis emphasized: This action is based on the fact that some Wikipedia users have suffered physical injuries due to this infiltration. These actions may seem radical, but it must be emphasized that we made decisions based on many considerations and in-depth investigations.
Pro-communist wiki administrators built a group to canvass votes in order to modify wiki rules
Chinese Wikipedia editor Mr. Wu revealed to “The Epoch Times” that the “Mainland China Wikiman User Group” is a QQ group. The core members of the user group are Wikipedia pro-communist administrators and senior users. Wikipedia has public discussion mechanisms such as inns, but They set up a QQ group to canvass for votes privately, and even threatened wiki users and editors who did not cooperate with them.
Mr. Wu said that in July, pro-communist administrator Walter Grassroot and others threatened to report a Hong Kong editor to the Hong Kong National Security Police. An honest user reported these people with screenshots and submitted them to the Wikimedia Foundation. After two months of investigation, the foundation finally made a major decision.
Why Walter Grassroot and others wanted to report Hong Kong editors to police? Mr. Wu revealed that because Hong Kong editors knew the truth about the Hong Kong democracy movement, he must be objective when editing. This is inconsistent with the CCP’s description of Hong Kong protesters as thugs. As long as you are inconsistent with the narratives of the CCP, they will suppress it.
Mr. Wu revealed that Wikipedia users are anonymous, and they used the method of personal search to collect the personal information of the Hong Kong editor and to attack. He said that the pro-communist administrators and supervisors, as well as fifty-cents editors, operate on Wikipedia in the same way as the CCP has always used for large-scale propaganda.
For example, they used information reported by the CCP media and official media to tamper with the content of the articles for items, such as the democracy movement, Falun Gong, Hong Kong Anti-Repatriation, and human rights lawyers.
Pro-communist forces add CCP brainwashing lies to Wiki entry
Mr. Wu said that because of the CCP’s blockade of speech and blocked some overseas media from exposing the truth. For example, media such as “The Epoch Times” and the previous Apple Daily. If editors and users use this information as a source of evidence, they will be threatened by pro-communist forces. Because when he wanted to tamper with the entry, there was another voice on it, which was not easy to deal with.
“If they can’t change the wiki entry, they will change the policy. And they will tag the relevant entry.”
Mr. Wu said that Wikipedia has a clear policy and stipulates that it does not label or appraise others on political standpoints. “But those editors in mainland China will label many items. For example, you are pro-Trump (Trump), you are right-wing, and you are pro-Falungong, it means, all the items that are related to Falun Gong will be labelled .”
Pro-communist forces play tricks on the reliability of media
Mr. Wu said, “The CCP’s five-cent editor not only added CCP’s brainwashing lies to Wikipedia entries from the CCP’s standpoint, but they also manipulated the reliability of the media. For example, Hong Kong Position News was originally Reliable media, previously designated by them as Level 4, are now going to lower it to below Level 3.”
It is an unreliable media when it is lower to level 2, and it cannot be used as a correct link and written in the content of the wiki entry as a source of evidence. Their purpose is to make it easier for them to seize the right to speak for the CCP when writing news. “
Mr. Wu revealed that both the Chinese and English version of The Epoch Times were marked by them as unreliable sources. “English Epoch Times” was even slandered by bad editors from mainland China and some overseas gunman-writers’ articles, and then it was convenient for them to block all “English Epoch Times” and could not be used as a source of evidence on Wikipedia.
He revealed that many people in the Wikipedia community believe that “The Epoch Times” is an independent media and dare to speak independently in many reports. Wiki should have such a source of evidence in the compilation of Wikipedia, which has an objective and fair stand. Wikis will be very beneficial from it. But the pro-communist editor blocked the “Epoch Times” by canvassing votes.
“In fact, the pro-communist forces have turned all overseas media that can report on the real sources of information in China, as well as the anti-communist media to be unreliable media.” Mr. Wu said, Apollo and the Voice of Hope were even blacklisted. In the blacklisted farms, if you cite their articles, it will trigger the Wiki editor to block them automatically.
“Some of the personnel who were removed, were also active advocates of turning some anti-communist media into unreliable sources of information. Such harm to Wikipedia is enormous.”
Mr. Wu said that the current split of the Wikipedia community is also caused by these people in the mainland group who are directly controlled by the CCP, their actions include having the energy of the community exhausted, obstructing the editing of normal entries, and embedding CCP views into wiki entries. Therefore, the normal editors now hope that the Foundation can take greater action.
Wikipedia dismissed mainland users to deter pro-communist forces
After the Wiki Foundation took action, the “Mainland Wikiman User Group” issued a statement on the 14th in title of “Throw away illusions and prepare to fight”, criticizing the Foundation for blocking users. The relevant decision is groundless. The statement also encouraged pro-communist users and editors to use actual actions to resist the so-called suppression.
“Mainland Wikipedia Group” was controlled by pro-communist forces. If there is no basic knowledge, Wikipedia in Chinese language will fall into the encyclopedia of the CCP.
In her article, The Epoch Time Ms. Luo said, one of the greatest achievements in supporting these decision makers for Wiki is for the future healthy development of Wiki, and at the same time, to protect Wiki editors and users who dare to tell the truth.
This action shocked the entire Wiki community and was an unprecedented measure. It was also a shock to the pro-communist editors who danced with these people in the community. Ms. Luo said that their violation of Wikipedia may also be dealt with in the future.
She revealed that the current Wiki community has a point of view, many people hope that this action by the Wiki Foundation is just the beginning. This action is aimed at some actions taken by people in the community who directly used Hong Kong’s National Security Law to report and threaten Wiki editors. Those corresponding managers may also be involved.
Ms. Luo said that some of the reforms of the Wiki Management Committee will be more closely monitored. “These actions will also involve the pro-communist forces that infiltrated Wikipedia in the early period of time, so some people are clamouring to fight to the end.”
Ms. Luo believes that this is a reflection of the CCP’s information warfare on Wikipedia.
They knew that Wikipedia continued to rectify in this way, and their way of penetrating Wikipedia was blocked, so they were very panicked. They claimed that the anti-communists who reported them were Taiwan independence and Hong Kong independence. These words were typically used by the CCP to brainwash Chinese people. The Wiki Foundation also sees that this force is very harmful, so it will further clean up this batch of mainland users and editors.
Wikipedia is operated by Wikimedia Foundation , the non-profit organization. It is a multilingual encyclopedia collaboration project based on Wiki technology. It is a web encyclopedia written in multiple languages and is characterized by free content and free editing. It is the largest and most popular reference book on the global network, and it ranks among the ten most popular websites in the world.
Even Wikipedia “is the largest and most popular reference book on the global network, and it ranks among the ten most popular websites in the world”, the American high school won’t allow students to use the content of Wiki as the source for their writings. Now we know why, because anyone can input their opinions, especially the CCP used it as the information warfare with cyber forced to input lies by all means.
CCP always boasted that they grasped the mainland China by gun, but they would dominate the world by gun of pen. This time they are not joking, we already suffered the lies and coverups of mainstream media and social media in this pandemic, which has caused millions of death and they are still killing people by control the narrative of killer vaccine.
Without freedom of speech, all freedom will be vain. Very pleased to see the Foundation of Wikepedia has seen the hard done by the CCP’s infiltration and started action to dismiss pro-communist force.
Action, action and action before it is too late.
Source of article: hk.epochtimes.com