PR firm edited Wikipedia entries to remove negative information about clients

December 8, 2011
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The IndependentBBC
People at the British public relations firm Bell Pottinger altered Wikipedia entries to remove negative information and add positive statements about the firm’s clients. Wikipedia has suspended 10 user accounts, and volunteers are going through the entries to see what was changed. Among the changes, according to The Independent: removing references to one man’s drug conviction and another’s arrest for bribery. “Bell Pottinger behaved unethically and broke several Wikipedia rules in doing so,” tweeted Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, although a company representative said the company’s actions were above-board.

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