US Congress Blocked from Editing Wikipedia, Again

US Congress Wikipedia

Earlier this summer, Wikipedia blocked congressional computers from editing pages on the site for 10 days. This week brought news of yet another ban, thanks to controversial edits made from an IP address associated with the House.

Recently, users with the House-associated IP address have been making changes on various Wikipedia pages relating to transgender people, reports The Hill. The ban was instituted after someone edited the “Orange is the New Black” page from “‘Orange Is the New Black’ contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman,” to “‘Orange Is the New Black’ contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real man pretending to be a woman.” The citation was changed from an article published in LGBT magazine The Advocate to one from the conservative magazine The National Review.

This time around, however, the ban only applies to anonymous editors.

From the Wikipedia talk page on Transphobia:

What is your obsession with the users from this shared IP address? I don’t know what part of my statements would make you think that I am a man. There’s nothing illegal about editing Wikipedia to promote official business that has been explicitly authourized by the Representative. When you have other Representatives trying to push for laws such as ENDA, or when you have the EU using neocolonialist methods to impose transgenderism on the nation of Georgia through a visa agreement, it’s all the more important.

Besides ripping off us American taxpayers, you are a barefaced liar. I defy you to name the Representative who has “explicitly authorized” you to promote official business by vandalizing Wikipedia, as in this case where you tried to link to an article that its own community ostracized as “hateful or abusive content.” If it’s official business, why remain anonymous—other than to abuse the position to which you’ve been entrusted?

@congressedits, a Twitter bot that keeps track of congressional edits to Wikipedia, documented the kerfuffle:


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