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Jimmy Wales sets the lawyers on meat-puppets

by | 20th, November 2013

Marketing meatpuppets must desist from editing Wikipedia or face legal action, lawyers acting for the parent company of Wikipedia said last night, banning anyone in the Wikipedia editing company Wiki-PR  from editing Wikipedia in any way.

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Wikipedia has had Wiki-PR in its sightlines for years,  but yesterday backed up an earlier ban on the company with a legal threat. The cease and desist letter from Wikimedia’s lawyers said this:

“agents of your company have engaged in sockpuppetry or meatpuppetry to, among other things, make it appear as if certain articles are written by unbiased sources when in fact those articles are authoured by Wiki-PR for money.”

Sockpuppets and meatpuppets are people who pose as someone else on the internet. Usually for gain.

It is also investigating Wiki-PR for trademark misuse and even misleading customers to think that the PR firm was actually part of Wikipedia. Customers include Viacom and Priceline, according to this .

In order to lift the ban Wiki-PR will have to agree to always out themselves as PRs when editing Wikipedia, and then only edit pages in a neutral way. Depending on future changes they may not be allowed to edit Wikipedia for money at all. Which would of course ruin the business model of the whole company.

Wiki-PR is a US company that edits Wikipedia for clients. If you think you’re worthy of a Wikipedia page they promise they can get you one,

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