Wikipedia Bans Scientology

Perhaps giving a suggestion to the government of France, Wikipedia has decided to ban all IP addresses associated with organized Scientology.  No more self-serving edits, according to the UK’s Register.

Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.

Closing out the longest-running court case in Wikiland history, the site’s Arbitration Committee voted 10 to 0 (with one abstention) in favor of the move, which takes effect immediately.

The eighth most popular site on the web, Wikipedia bills itself as “the free encyclopedia anyone can edit.” Administrators frequently ban individual Wikifiddlers for their individual Wikisins. And the site’s UK press officer/resident goth once silenced an entire Utah mountain in a bizarre attempt to protect a sockpuppeting ex-BusinessWeek reporter. But according to multiple administrators speaking with The Reg, the muzzling of Scientology IPs marks the first time Wikipedia has officially barred edits from such a high-profile organization for allegedly pushing its own agenda on the site.

The Church of Scientology has not responded to our request for comment.

Personally, I’m not for bans but I can see how Scientology’s actions would make you want to shut them down.  And if France decides to go the same route, well, who am I to argue?

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6 Comments on “Wikipedia Bans Scientology”

  1. Adam Says:

    I could see not banning them from a site where opinion based articles were being passed around. But if Wikipedia is actually doing their best to keep the material on their site as objective as possible, and Scientology inhibits that, then I’m all for banning. Otherwise, Wikipedia would be remiss in their duties of trying to get facts to the internet masses, allowing those who peddle lies to mislead.

  2. Watson Says:

    I’m not for banishment either, but this is Scientology we’re talking about – if people would actually get all the facts about it from LRon’s books and teachings, they would realize what kind of garbage they’re dealing with… That’s the main reason why Scientologists never talk about their own religion and try to conceal it in a “just try it – it’s awesome” package, even on Wikipedia. It just has to stop.

  3. Gene K Says:

    I imagine the ban pertains more toward the cult editing non-Co$ articles like Psychology as opposed to their own stuff.

    Either way, it’s a step in the right direction!

  4. George Thomas Says:

    The problem is that they were going against the rules of Wikipedia.

    Other means have of trying to stop Single-Purpose Accounts from trying to make Netural POV articles related to Scientology (and some other articles such those about Living Persons) skewed at best and at worst pure propaganda.

    This was the FOURTH time in four years Scientology has come up as a problem and this was the best solution they could come up with.

  5. Ironhead Says:

    nobody likes bans, but I still say this is win 😀

  6. Frank Says:

    To be honest I do agree with the ban, if you abuse, you should be warned first and then banned.
    I am Costa Rican, some years back the Moonies were banned in my country for illegal cult activities, I would love to see this happen with the “church” of scientology. I googled Costa Rica and Scientology, and found out one of their webpages where the CR Ministry of Education aprooved a Ron H book for teaching costarican children english as a second language in public schools!!!!!!! They have surely infiltrated the government. I would love to see more information avialable in Spanish to educate the Latinamerican population of the doings of this CULT.

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