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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia on Flight MH17

Anonymous Coward writes | about 3 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "A political battle has broken out on Wikipedia over an entry relating to the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, with the Russian government reportedly removing sections which accuse it of providing 'terrorists' with missiles that were used to down the civilian airliner. A Twitter bot which monitors edits made to the online encyclopedia from Russian government IP addresses spotted that changes are being made to a page relating to the crash. All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) changed a Russian language version of a page listing civil aviation accidents to say that 'The plane was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers'. That edit replaced text – written just an hour earlier – which said MH17 had been shot down 'by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation.'"

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