Friday, August 22, 2014

Congressional Staffers Just Cannot Stop Editing Wikipedia

Congressional IP addresses just got blocked from Wikipedia, for the third time in two months.  Why you may ask?  Someone just cannot stop editing the page of actress Laverne Cox on their work computer.  Most of which are less than what you would call tactful.

You'd think it would be the House of Cards page...

So what it the phantom editor doing, while they are supposed to be working for freedom?  Well, according to the A.V. Club, they are being a real asshole:

Shortly after 10 p.m. last night, somebody from within the House Of Representatives changed the Wikipedia entry for Laverne Cox, a transgender actress who plays transgender inmate Sophia Burset on Orange Is The New Black. The entry originally said that an article in The Advocate "touted thatOrange Is The New Black contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman." But the anonymous elected representative (or someone from their staff) changed the line to the hateful "a real man pretending to be a woman." The elected official (or their staff member) also added a link to a National Review article published last month that claimed Cox is "not a real woman." The IP address was banned from making edits for one month.

The activity was first highlighted by a Twitter account that tracks edits made by Congressional IP addresses.


So who is the big jerk?  

It's impossible to know whether the edits are coming from one or multiple users, but the changes come from an IP address, 143.231.249.138, that has repeatedly been linked to House of Representatives computers. In the "talk" discussion section of one article, an individual making the changes has also claimed to be a staffer on Capitol Hill.

So if you are reading this...get back to work, and also stop being terrible will you?



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