Sting in the Scorpions tale is the exposure of Wiki’s weakness

by Seth Finkelstein
The Internet Watch Foundation’s considering an image on Wikipedia – the cover of the heavy metal band Scorpions’ album Virgin Killer – to be a “potentially illegal indecent image of a child” set off a chain of events which created a media firestorm. The ham-fisted, over-broad, secretive aspects of the IWF blacklisting action, as well as the freedom of expression and censorware questions, have been widely examined and condemned, so I won’t belabour those points.But Wikipedia’s woes in this area did not start recently. There has been a prominent campaign denouncing the sexual aspects of Wikipedia, dating back at least several months. It is probable that the IWF incident was simply one successful aspect of those actions.

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