Wednesday, 12 May 2010

BBC News - Wikimedia pornography row deepens as Wales cedes rights

BBC News - Wikimedia pornography row deepens as Wales cedes rights:

"A row over sexually explicit content on the web encyclopaedia Wikipedia and related sites has escalated.

Co-founder Jimmy Wales has given up some of his site privileges following protests by contributors angered that he deleted images without consultation.

Mr Wales had previously urged the removal of 'pornographic' content from the user-generated site.

This followed a complaint about 'child pornography' to the FBI from another Wikipedia co-founder.

In early April, the estranged co-founder, Larry Sanger, reported Wikimedia Commons to the FBI, alleging that the organisation was 'knowingly distributing child pornography'.

He later clarified that his concern was not about photographs of children, but 'obscene visual representations of the abuse of children', which can include drawings and sculpture.
Sexually explicit content

Last week, administrators of Wikimedia Commons, a media file store widely used for Wikipedia articles, deleted hundreds of images.
Some images deemed by the Wikipedia community to have educational merit have since been reinstated."

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