Wikipedia Bans 7 Chinese Power Users for “Infiltration and Exploitation”

Wikipedia has banned seven Chinese from its websites around the world following a Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) report of alleged threats to Hong Kong users.

According to a media source on Tuesday, the organization has also revoked administrator access and other powers for 12 more persons.

The Wikimedia Foundation made the move after conducting “extensive and thorough examinations” into a group of mainland Chinese users.

According to HKFP, mainland Chinese Wikipedia administrators threatened to denounce Hong Kong users for national security violations, placing them in peril.

HKFP reported concern among Hong Kong users over election canvassing within the online encyclopedia as users from the mainland vied for administrator status. Editors fought over politically charged pieces concerning current happenings in the city.

Meanwhile, Wikimedia said that it has been taking action to protect the communities.

“I’m reaching out to you today to talk about a series of actions the Foundation has recently taken to protect communities across the globe,” Maggie Dennis, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability said.

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