PR Agencies Ignore Wikipedia Ban

PR Week is reporting that a number of UK PR agencies have been found to be flouting Wikipedia’s rules banning agencies from editing entries. The WikiScanner has detected that Financial Dynamics, Freuds, Finsbury and H&K have changed entries for clients ranging from Anne Diamond to Pizza Hut.

We will have to wait and see if Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales goes through with the threat he issued earlier this year to ban offending PR agencies from using the site. I still believe it’s unfair to impose a blanket ban on PR agencies from making edits whereas the CIA and the Vatican face no restrictions at all. Surely the point of the Wikipedia is that anything untrue/biased will simply be edited out by somebody else until a consensus is reached? If so why persist with this pointless ban?

 

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