John Simkin Posted December 6, 2005 Share Posted December 6, 2005 Assassination accusation leads to new Wikipedia rules http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-wik06.html December 6, 2005 SAN FRANCISCO -- Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute, is tightening submission rules after a prominent journalist complained that an article falsely implicated him in the Kennedy assassinations. Wikipedia will now require users to register before they can create articles, Jimmy Wales, founder of the Web site, said Monday. The change comes less than a week after John Seigenthaler, a one-time administrative assistant to Robert Kennedy, complained that a biography of him on Wikipedia claimed he had been suspected in the assassinations of the former attorney general and his brother, President John F. Kennedy. Wikipedia, often cited as a prime example of the type of collective knowledge-pooling that the Internet enables, has some 850,000 articles in English. The volume is possible because the site relies on volunteers who submit entries. Seigenthaler said he wasn't convinced the new registration requirement would stop the practice of vandals posting content that is slanderous. ''The marketplace of ideas ultimately will take care of the problem,'' Seigenthaler said. ''In the meantime, what happens to people like me?'' AP Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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