Wikipedia bans Scientology, its critics from editing articles - 2009-05-30

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F7.png Wikipedia bans Scientology, its critics from editing articles May 30, 2009, Mike Brassfield, Tampa Bay Times

The dispute offers a glimpse at a hidden online war that's been raging on the country's seventh-most-popular Web site.

Wikipedia says the church and some of its vocal critics are engaged in "edit wars" -- aggressively adding or removing complimentary or disparaging material from articles related to Scientology. The Web site also banned a handful of church critics from changing articles.

"This long-standing dispute is a struggle between two rival factions: admirers of Scientology and critics of Scientology," the site's administrators concluded in a memo posted on the Web site. "Each side wishes the articles within this topic to reflect their point of view and have resorted to battlefield editing tactics."

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{{cite news | first = Mike | last = Brassfield | title = Wikipedia bans Scientology, its critics from editing articles | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/article1005717.ece | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = May 30, 2009 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}