Need another reason not to trust Wikipedia when it comes to the unvarnished truth? At least 381 editors have been banned for running so-called "sock puppet" accounts to extort money from brands, businesses and individuals.
The ousted editors would write a promotional article about their victim, then request money to publish it on Wikipedia. Then they'd want monthly fees to keep the page from being taken down or edited.
Unfortunately, Wikipedia has a history of editors being paid to alter content. It's an obvious pitfall for a user-generated encyclopedia with nearly 5 million articles in English. Wikipedia's CheckUser team, which investigated the now-banned editors, is asking users to correct the articles generated by those editors.
Wikipedia can be a valuable resource, but incidents like this and others that you can read about here and here prove its accuracy is less than guaranteed. We want you to have the most up-to-date and accurate news about everything in the digital world, so check back often to our Happening Now page.