Wikipedia is a popular web encyclopedia which is has lots on information on various topics. The way it gets its information is through users that write and edit articles freely. This is an advantage to the site because people can share knowledge with one another freely, however, this can be a big disadvantage because anyone can either add false information to the site or edit existing information to give a certain impression on the topic. Such organizations that take advantage of Wikipedia’s disadvantages include the C.I.A., the Democratic Party (United States), Microsoft and Diebold whose reasoning is to hide the truth from the masses.
These organizations were discovered editing articles thanks to a web tool known as Wikipedia Scanner. This tool works by tracking the IP addresses of anonymous edititors.
Diebold is a voting machine company in the United States. In October 2005, an anonymous user using the company’s IP address deleted many paragraphs on an article about them that questioned the integrity of their voting machines and their CEO’s fund raising for President George W. Bush. One month later, another edit was made by an anonymous user using the company’s IP address. This edit was the removal of paragraphs and links to stories about the alleged rigging of the 2000 United States elections.
The C.I.A. was responsible for a number of edits on the site. One article edited was about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and another article about former C.I.A. chief Porter Goss.
In 2007 Microsoft offered money to go through articles on document standards that other companies and Microsoft are using.
The reason why major organizations such as these would want to edit articles about themselves or of other subjects is because of propaganda. They want to make themselves look as close to perfect as possible in the public eye in order to promote the illusion that there are no flaws with whatever person, organization or system that the public complain about. This is done by manipulating different forms of media whenever they can so that they can cover up the truth from the masses. That truth is that they want to enslave the general public using technologies such as the internet (targeting popular web sites such as Wikipedia) as seen in the paragraphs above as a medium for diverting the public from having a freedom of choice when it comes to the products that they want, what injustices they choose to fight (if they choose) and which person they want to lead the country and so forth. In order for the masses to make their decision effectively, they must be exposed to the truth and not be trapped in the illusions that these organizations are creating.