New Delhi: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Can continue Summons to India-based officials of the Wikimedia Foundation after false information was published on cricketer Arshdeep Singh̵7;s page linking him to the Khalistani movement following India’s loss to Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup late Sunday night.
The 23-year-old Indian cricketer dropped a regulation catch off Ravi Bishnoi’s delivery, which would have dismissed Pakistan batsman Asif Ali, while he was not out yet. Ali scored 16 off 8 balls before being declared lbw off Singh in the final over of the match. However, Iftikhar Ahmed scored the winning run off the very next ball, helping Pakistan win over India by 5 wickets.
lion soon became the subject of criticism On social media, allegedly by Indian cricket fan accounts and Twitter users, who labeled him as “Khalistani”.
ThePrint learned that videos of cricket fans in Britain celebrating Pakistan’s victory by waving Khalistan flags were also circulated on the messaging app.
on their wikipedia PageSingh’s name was changed to “Major Arshdeep Singh Langra” and his nationality was labeled as “Khalistani cricketer”.
This is what he gets when he drops the catch. Disgraceful com. pic.twitter.com/Hl7MSytriG
— Jas Oberoi | (@iJasOberoi) 4 September 2022
However, the IP address of the user who allegedly vandalized the Wikipedia page was found to be from Pakistan, which was condemned by the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajiv Chandrashekhar.
“no intermediary operation” [sic] May allow this type of misinformation in India [and] deliberate attempt to provoke [and user harm] – Violates our government’s expectations of secure and reliable internet,” Chandrashekhar tweeted on Monday.
No arbitral operation in India may allow this type of misinformation and willful provocation. #userharm – Violates our government’s expectations of a secure and reliable Internet #wikipedia @GoI_MeitY #secure reliable internet pic.twitter.com/Qm6HdppM1k
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@Rajiv_GoI) 5 September 2022
“This is a serious issue. The edits have been traced back to servers in neighboring countries and can cause serious damage to India’s internal peace and national security. We will ask [Wikipedia executives] How can this kind of editing be allowed to last for some time?” The Economic Times Cited An anonymous senior government official is saying.
Wikipedia’s policy on editing and vandalism
A key feature of Wikipedia, the global online encyclopedia, is that page content is collaboratively generated, edited and managed by a broad user base, and users are encouraged “Learn to Edit” through a detailed tutorial.
“Anyone can edit almost any page and improve articles instantly. You do not need to register to do this, and the person who edited is known as Wikipedia or the editor. Small edits add up, and every editor can be proud of making Wikipedia better for everyone. They say About its editing policy.
However, some pages – known as “protected pages” – are marked by a lock symbol in the top right, indicating that unregistered users are not authorized to edit those pages. Singh’s Wikipedia page has now been marked as safe after Sunday’s sabotage.
“Semi-protection is useful when there is a large amount of disruption or vandalism from new or unregistered users, or to prevent editing of blocked or restricted users’ sockets, especially when it is on biographies of living individuals who have Recently there is a high level of media interest,” Wikipedia They say,