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India summons Wikipedia officials over changes to cricketer’s page

India has summoned Wikipedia leaders after a cricketer’s page on the online encyclopedia was edited with links to a separatist movement.

The country’s IT ministry issued an order on Monday to seek clarification from Wikipedia executives about the incident.

A key IT minister has publicly expressed concern over the changes made to cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s page, suggesting that some people in Pakistan were behind the act and were trying to disrupt peace in the South Asian market.

The Wikipedia page of Singh, who had several misfires in a match between India and Pakistan on Sunday, has been edited to falsely say he had been selected to play for Khalistan, a fictional independent homeland wanted by some separatist groups.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, India’s deputy IT minister, said in a tweet that no middleman, a service with more than 5 million users, can allow such a deliberate misinformation campaign. Such acts “violate our government’s expectations of a safe and reliable internet,” he tweeted.

The changes have since been rolled back.

India’s amended IT rules, which came into force last year, impose greater oversight on intermediaries, requiring them to appoint and share contact details of compliance and grievance representatives.

Although Meta, Google, Telegram, LinkedIn and several other companies have fully or partially complied with the order, they are seeking to relax the rules.

Monday’s incident is the first time in years that Wikipedia, which is compiled and edited by unpaid volunteers, has landed in hot water in the South Asian market.

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