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Suspicious Wikipedia Edits Get Noticed

With 7.9 million articles in 253 languages and a tag-line that reads "the free encyclopedia that anyone can change," it is pretty much guaranteed that all Wikipedia edits and content changes cannot be monitored.

According to The New York Times, there were unexplained edits to a Wikipedia entry including the SeaWorld theme parks to change the word “orcas” to “killer whales," which was considered more accurate. These changes were found to originate from the computer of Anheuser-Busch, SeaWorld’s owner. Dozens of other similar edits have been found through WikiScanner, a website that is used to trace the digital fingerprints left behind from Wikipedia edits and find out where they originated.

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steen steen 9 years
I'm not surprised by the inside editing. Wikipedia is a good idea but it's incredibly unreliable since it's all user-submitted and user-edited.
asmariamoon asmariamoon 9 years
I agree, orca is the better term, they don't really kill anything aside from fish and the occasional baby seal.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
but if the guy is from seaworld, these animals are known as "killer whales" there - so of course he'd change it from orcas.
pink_orchid pink_orchid 9 years
sorry and on topic it adds an interesting element to wiki as it can be useful but you have to be critical on who provided the info. this leaves some interesting fingerprints
pink_orchid pink_orchid 9 years
ditto to above posters - Orca is more accurate.killer whale is slang and misrepresentatin of the whale. yes they are carniverous but they arent like sharks attacking any meat. i cant believe this guy doesnt know that.
esk4 esk4 9 years
yeah orca is better especially since they are actually a type of dolphin... but I read about this in time, interesting stuff
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
orca sounds much better
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
I prefer orca, killer whale sounds too...killer.
ashleylynne ashleylynne 9 years
Orca is the more accurate name for them. It's the scientifically accepted word.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I've made a couple of minor edits before too. I'm a grammar Nazi.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
hmm interesting
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