Remember back at the beginning of July when I told you about Tom Scott's Wikipedia bots? The open-source tracker automatically posts to Twitter whenever the U.K. Parliament made changes on Wikipedia.
In addition to Parliament, these Wikipedia bots tracked the U.S. Congress, Australian Parliament, Canadian government and Swedish government. There has since been a Wikipedia-monitoring bot created for the Russian government, and it's already not pretty.
The Russian Wiki bot has caught IP addresses belonging to the Russian government changing vital information about the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
Статья в Википедии Список авиационных катастроф в гражданской авиации была отредактирована ВГТРК http://t.co/peZ60q07Fj
— Госправки (@RuGovEdits) July 18, 2014
The tweet translates to "Wikipedia article List of aircraft accidents in civil aviation has been edited RTR."
RTR is another name for the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), which is overseen by Russia's leader, Vladimir Putin.
The article in question was the Wikipedia page about Flight MH17, which was changed to read "The plane [flight MH17] was shot down by Ukrainian soldiers."
The original article, which had only been written an hour before, read that the passenger plane was shot down "by terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation."
This attempt at changing the facts isn't the only thing that Russia and pro-Russian rebels have done in the wake of the MH17 tragedy. Click here to see what despicable things have also been done in less than a week of this international incident.