Informatics Ministry summons likely for Wikipedia over distortion of cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s page

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology may issue summonses to India’s Wikimedia Foundation leaders after false information was posted on cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s page – linking him to the Khalistani movement – following India’s loss to Pakistan in the Asian Cup underway on Sunday night.

The 23-year-old Indian cricketer had dropped a regulation catch from Ravi Bishnoi’s bowling which would have sent Pakistani batsman Asif Ali off when he was not yet out of the mark. Ali went on to score 16 runs from 8 ball before being ruled LBW at Singh’s bowling in the match finale. However, Iftikhar Ahmed hit the winners from the next ball, scoring the win for Pakistan over India by 5 wickets.

Singh quickly became the subject of critical on social media, allegedly by Indian cricket fan accounts and Twitter users who referred to him as “Khalistani”.

Videos of cricket fans in the UK celebrating Pakistan’s victory by waving Khalistan flags have also apparently circulated on messaging apps, ThePrint has learned.

On his Wikipedia page, Singh’s name was changed to “Major Arshdeep Singh Langra” and his nationality labeled as that of a “Khalistani cricketer”.

However, the IP address belonging to the user who allegedly vandalized the Wikipedia page turned out to be from Pakistan, prompting condemnation from Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrashekhar.

“No intermediate operation [sic] in India may allow this type of misinformation [and] deliberate efforts to incite [and user harm] – violates our government’s expectations of a safe and reliable internet,” Chandrashekhar tweeted on Monday.

“It’s a serious problem. The changes have been traced to servers in neighboring countries and may cause serious damage to India’s internal peace and national security. We will ask [Wikipedia executives] how such a modification could be allowed to remain for a while”, The economic period quoted an unnamed senior government official.


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Wikipedia policy on editing and vandalism

A salient feature of the global online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is that page content is collaboratively generated, edited and managed by a large user base, and users are encouraged to “learn to edit” via a tutorial complete.

“Anyone can edit almost any page and improve articles immediately. You don’t need to register to do so, and anyone who has edited is known as a Wikipedian or an editor. add up, and every publisher can be proud of having made Wikipedia better for all,” the website says of its publishing policy.

However, some pages – called “protected pages” – are marked with a padlock symbol at the top right, which means that unregistered users are not allowed to modify these pages. Singh’s Wikipedia page has now been marked as protected following Sunday’s vandalism incident.

“Semi-protection is useful when there is a significant amount of disruption or vandalism from new or unregistered users, or to prevent puppets of blocked or banned users from editing, especially when this occurs on biographies of living people who have recently had a high level of media interest,” Wikipedia says.

“It is not a criminal act to vandalize Wikipedia. However, it is against the site’s terms of service to vandalize or cause disruption. Vandals are blocked from editing, and may also still be prohibited under Vandalism can be committed by guest editors or those with registered accounts, however, a semi-protected or fully protected page can only be edited by accounts that meet certain age and age thresholds. activity or by administrators respectively,” Wikipedia says of its vandalism policy.


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