We won't be seeing anymore Wikipedia edits from the House of Representatives for at least a week and a half. The Internet encyclopedia decided to block anonymous edits from House of Representative IP addresses due to bad editing and pranks.
Some of the editing Wikipedia is talking about has to do with disruptive editing on pages about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Ukrainian politician Nataliya Vitrenko and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
However the edit that finally brought administrators to ban anonymous edits from the House IP address was made on the entry for media news site Mediaite, describing the blog as "sexist transphobic" and saying that it "automatically assumes that someone is male without any evidence".
House of Representatives staff members have spoken out against the ban, saying they shouldn't all be punished for a few bad eggs.
Another user from the Hill was quick to dismiss suggestions that the rogue edits were made by elected officials.
Anonymous edits by the House of Representatives have been in the public eye lately because of a new Twitter account that posts every time an edit is made. I told you about that Twitter bot (@congressedits) last week.
But, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales isn't so quick to praise the Twitter account. He thinks it might have actually caused more Wikipedia pranks by giving the pranksters a larger audience.