Wikipedia Distributing Child Porn, Co-founder Tells FBI

Erik Moller....

“I have consistently defended the right of children of comparable age to engage in consensual, harmless sexual interactions with each other – what’s commonly called “playing doctor”, and also safe sex among teens.:mad:

Erik Möller, Wikimedia's Foundation Deputy Director, says of pedophilia: “What is my position on pedophilia, then? It’s really simple. If the child doesn’t want it, is neutral or ambiguous, it’s inappropriate.”

foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/27/wikipedia-child-porn-larry-sanger-fbi/

Co-founder Larry Sanger, who left Wikipedia in 2002, filed the complaint.

foxnews.com/scitech/2010/05/07/wikipedia-purges-porn/

The parent company of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia is rapidly purging thousands of explicit pornographic images from its websites as it prepares to announce a new policy regarding sexually explicit content in response to reporting by FoxNews.com......

Still, as of Friday afternoon, dozens of categories of explicit sexual images remained on Wikimedia with no indication that they had been marked for deletion..

Lets hope they follow through with the promise to clean up their site.

Well, Ill never use that website again. Thanks for the information!

excuse my french but HOLY CR @PAR0oNY!.... this world is going down the toilet real fast:mad:

I can probably provide a little more insight on this because I've been on the "inside" of Wikipedia.

Just some corrections first. Wikimedia Commons is not the parent company, the Wikimedia Foundation is. Commons is suppose to be a place for all common media because all Wikimedia wikis can access them (Wikipedia in all languages, etc), as opposed to having it on 1 wiki because then it can't be acceded from others.

Secondly, especially in the past couple years, Wikipedia has become very bloated. It did not scale well. There are "around 1000" administrators, but many of them are inactive or work in different areas. Getting things deleted is actually very hard, and I would say that the fastest way to get anything done there is when Wales gives an "executive order".

It's also a tad unfair when you see criticisms of "this hasn't been looked at yet". Everyone is a volunteer and sometimes things do get missed. The reason things get found is because people point them out. I don't know much about Commons' administration, but I think things there are even slower than on Wikipedia from what I remember.

originally posted** by curlycool89**

Just some corrections first. Wikimedia Commons is not the parent company, the Wikimedia Foundation is.

I am not sure this makes me feel better as Erik Moller is the Deputy Director of the Foundation. However it appears they are putting in a new format that will be easier to edit.

I think it took the name of the co-founder Larry Sanger to give this some attention because complaints have been around for many years.

The Wikimedia Foundation announced its first ever "major initiative" involving the Wikipedia interface. Wikipedia as well as Wikinews, and Wikimedia Commons are getting a big overhaul. ..........

Editing improvements: We’ve reorganized the editing toolbar to make it easier to use. Now, formatting pages is simpler and more intuitive. And we’ve introduced a table wizard to make creating tables easier. You’ll also discover a new find and replace feature to simplify page editing.

webpronews.com/topnews/2010/05/13/wikipedia-gets-big-design-overhaul

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I am not sure this makes me feel better as Erik Moller is the Deputy Director of the Foundation.

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Just an editorial fix; it doesn't make it any better. I can't say I know Erik (his username is Eloquence, which I have heard of, but I can't remember anything about him).

What you will find though is that the large majority of Wikipedians lean to the liberal side of the social scale (especially because Wikipedia is international, so you actually get a lot of Europeans editing too), so it doesn't surprise me. The rule of thumb for Wikipedia articles is that the more popular a topic is, the more correct it will be (obscure topics only get the attention of groups of people interested in that topic).

On the FOX link (the first one), it has an update that the FBI never went any further. I am wondering if the initial allegation of* child* pornography was true. On would think that someone would end up arrested for that. In any case, it is good that it prompted a clean-up of the site and a better filter.

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