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No Indian government summons on Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page, according to Wikimedia Foundation

The Foundation that runs Wikipedia has received an email from the IT Department asking about the incident in which Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page was vandalized.

The Foundation that runs Wikipedia has received an email from the IT Department asking about the incident in which Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page was vandalized.

Responding to allegations by Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar of “deliberate efforts to incite”, the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, said the Wikipedia page of the cricketer Arshdeep Singh had been patched and secured, with only “trusted editors” now allowed to edit it.

While some reports said the government had issued a summons to Wikipedia officials, the Foundation said none of its leaders had been summoned. However, the Foundation received an email from the IT Department asking about the incident. The Wikimedia Foundation said it or Wikipedia currently has no office in India.

Indian cricketer Arshdeep Singh’s page on the Wikipedia platform has been vandalized after he dropped a crucial hold during the India-Pakistan Asian Cup match in Dubai on Sunday. Pakistan won the Super 4 match by five wickets. Arshdeep Singh faced massive trolling on social media after the game, and his Wikipedia page was changed to refer to him as ‘Khalistani’.

In response, Mr Chandrasekhar tweeted: “No middleman operating in India can allow this type of misinformation and deliberate efforts to incite & #userharm – violates our government’s expectations of a safe and trusted internet” .

Wikipedia depends on a wide range of volunteer editors to generate and moderate its content, including more than 60,000 in India. The Wikimedia Foundation said rules about content are set by these volunteers, and the organization itself plays no role in setting editorial policy.

“Vandalism occurs from time to time on Wikipedia, as it can on any open online platform. It is a breach of the trust and good faith of our editors and readers, and will against the values ​​on which Wikipedia is based. The majority of vandalism on Wikipedia is undone by bots or editors within minutes, as was done in this recent case,” the Foundation said in a statement.

In an earlier email interview with The Hindu, Wikimedia Foundation CEO Maryana Iskander said that while Wikipedia is not immune to misinformation, “our commitment to verifiability and transparency protected from some of these recent trends”.

Ms Iskander said Wikipedia’s volunteer-led method of content moderation worked because “the site is radically transparent”. “Every decision on Wikipedia and every edit is visible on the article’s edit history or talk page,” she said.

Wikipedia has also faced criticism over the years for the neutrality of its articles, particularly from right-wing and media organizations who claim that articles in the online “encyclopedia” are biased to the left. . In response to these claims, Ms Iskander said research has shown that Wikipedia is “one of the only places on the internet where those involved in the editing process become more neutral over time.”

The collaborative editing process “encourages people to consider other viewpoints, which inherently leads to more neutral articles,” she said.

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