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Wikipedia Banned Hundreds Of Users Who Edited Content For Undisclosed Pay

Nearly 400 editors in the site’s volunteer community worked with companies to promote their clients through Wikipedia entries.

Bad news for publicists seeking to tweak Wikipedia entries to make their clients look better: The user-generated encyclopedia has blocked nearly 400 accounts for “black hat” editing. In other words, those Wikipedia editors agreed to undisclosed paid advocacy, altering the content of Wikipedia articles to paint businesses and individuals in a positive light in exchange for money.

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