Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology from editing its site to prevent propaganda
The Church of Scientology may have the support of global celebrities such as Tom Cruise to spread its message.
But it can no longer rely on the worldwide web to be so supportive.
Wikipedia - the online encyclopedia and world’s eighth most popular website - has banned members of the Church from editing its own information on the site.
It claims the information that is being posted is ‘self-promoting’ and devoid of any criticism and thus breaches Wikipedia’s rule that its material should be neutral.
At an unprecedented hearing at Wikipedia’s Supreme Court today, members voted unanimously in favour of banning members of the Church from posting or editing any more self-serving material.
It will now no longer accept contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.
The move is the first time a high-profile organisation has been banned.
No one from the Church was available for comment.
I didn’t know Wikipedia had its own Supreme Court – as for the ruling, I wonder how many other groups the same principle might be applied to?
Check out your congressman’s Wikipedia entry for example.