Wikiscanner, also known as Wikipedia Scanner, is a website created by Virgil Griffith to reveal conflict of interests when anonymous Wikipedia users edit an article. However, Wikiscanner does not reveal conflict of interests with subscribed users, as their IP addresses are only available to site administrators.
Vandalism and Censorship by Companies on Wikipedia
Vandalism and censorship by companies and corporations on Wikipedia can take different shapes such as unexplained deletion of paragraphs from an article about a company or a product, changing words to show a company or a product in a better light and changing words to make a rival company or product look bad.
- On November 17th, 2005, an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold deleted 15 paragraphs from an article about Diebold e-voting machine. The deleted section was critical of the machines.
- A Vatican computer was used to remove information proving a link between Northern Ireland Sinn Fein Catholic leader Gerry Adams and a double murder.
- Wired, "See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign", John Borland , August 14th, 2007.
- Atlas Vista, "Des articles de Wikipedia rectifiés depuis... le Vatican ou la CIA", AFP, August 18th, 2007.