FL Senate Candidate Tries To Edit Scientology Links From Wikipedia Page, Streisanding Those Links Everywhere - 2016-04-06

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F0.png FL Senate Candidate Tries To Edit Scientology Links From Wikipedia Page, Streisanding Those Links Everywhere April 6, 2016, Timothy Geigner, Techdirt

You really would think people would know better by now when it comes to trying to surrepticiously edit Wikipedia pages to hide information, but they don't. There is a long history of people and companies trying to disappear or edit potentially embarrassing facts from Wikipedia, only to have it backfire directly in their faces via a little thing we call The Streisand Effect. And yet they still try.

The latest example of this is the Florida Senate Campaign for David Jolly attempting to simply delete his ties to the Church of Scientology from his Wikipedia page.

Sarah Bascom, Jolly's spokesperson, confirmed that the campaign removed references to Jolly's past career as a lobbyist, his association with the Church of Scientology, his support for same sex marriage, and political contributions he made to Democratic candidates. Bascom accused a unspecified rival campaign of adding what she described as "campaign propaganda" in the first place. Two edits were made — one on March 15 and one on April 4 — by a user named "Bascomcomm". Bascom is the president of Bascom Communications & Consulting, a political firm in Florida.

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{{cite news | author = Timothy Geigner | title = FL Senate Candidate Tries To Edit Scientology Links From Wikipedia Page, Streisanding Those Links Everywhere | url = https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160406/10003234120/fl-senate-candidate-tries-to-edit-scientology-links-wikipedia-page-streisanding-those-links-everywhere.shtml | work = Techdirt | date = April 6, 2016 | accessdate = May 21, 2019 }}