Wikipedia biography controversy


January 20, 2022

The Wikipedia biography controversy, sometimes called the Seigenthaler incident, is a series of events that began in May 2005 by anonymously submitting a false article in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia about John Seigenthaler, an American journalist. The submissions falsified the statement that Seigenthaler had been a suspect in the assassinations of US President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. The 78-year-old Seigenthaler, a friend and assistant of Robert Kennedy, called entries about him on Wikipedia "Internet character assassination." This fake news was not discovered and corrected for more than four months until Seigenthaler wrote about his experience at USA Today. This incident raises questions about the reliability of Wikipedia and other websites with user-generated content that lack the legal accountability of traditional newspapers and print media materials. Following this incident, co-founder Jimmy Wales stated that this encyclopedia prohibits unregistered users from creating new articles.

See also

Defamation Wikipedia Reliability


External links

Seigenthaler and Wikipedia – Lessons and Questions: A Case Study on the Veracity of the Wiki concept Archived 2011-03-10 at the Wayback Machine. Is an Online Encyclopedia, Such as Wikipedia, Immune From Libel Suits? by Prof. Anita Ramasastry on Writ

News articles

Seigenthaler, John (November 29, 2005). "A False Wikipedia 'biography'". USA Today. Cooper, Charles (December 2, 2005). "Wikipedia and the nature of truth". Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Seigenthaler, John (December 4, 2005). "Truth can be at risk in the world of the web". The Tennessean. Phillips, Kyra (December 5, 2005). "Live From... Transcript". CNN. , interview with John Seigenthaler and Jimmy Wales. Terdiman, Daniel (December 5, 2005). "Growing pains for Wikipedia". Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. "Wikipedia to Require Contributors to Register". National Public Radio. December 6, 2005. , Talk of the Nation story summary and radio broadcast. Terdiman, Daniel (December 7, 2005). "Is Wikipedia safe from liability?". Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Lamb, Brian (December 9, 2005). "Interview with John Seigenthaler". C-SPAN Washington Journal. Mielczarek, Natalia (December 11, 2005). "Fake online biography created as 'joke'". The Tennessean. "Wikipedia joker eats humble pie". BBC News. December 12, 2005. Orlowski, Andrew (December 12, 2005). "There's no Wikipedia entry for 'moral responsibility'". The Register (UK). Boyd, Danah (December 17, 2005). "Wikipedia, academia and Seigenthaler". Cohen, Noam (August 25, 2009). "Wikipedia Will Limit Changes on Articles About Living People". The New York Times.

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