Talk:Conflict-of-interest editing on Wikipedia

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Old Conflict of Interest dispute[edit]

So, I found this in the 2008 presidential election section left as a comment. Looks like it's fairly old, no idea who it's by, if anyone wants to discuss it/fix it/add it/whatever, here it is:

can't see how the following is an example of COI editing: "TitianGate" was a 2009 incident in which UK leader Gordon Brown compared himself to the Italian Renaissance artist Titian who was known for his late-in-life achievements and longevity. Brown said that Titian lived until 90, which was also stated in Titian's Wikipedia article. Conservative leader David Cameron said Titian did not in fact live that long, and pointed out the event as an example Brown's tendency for inaccuracy. Shortly after Cameron's comments, Titian's article on Wikipedia was edited to reduce his age; a search of the IP address that made the edit tracked back to the Conservative Party central office.[1]

End --Padenton (talk) 03:17, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

Well covered at the time - Signpost I think, and Talk:Titian. The edits lasted about an hour. Water under the bridge now. Johnbod (talk) 04:53, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

The Babasalichai case[edit]

I wonder if the sockpuppet Babasalichai case is worthy of inclusion in this article? User:Babasalichai was a sockfarm from about 2010 to the present whose purpose was originally to spruce up the biographies of the clients of PR firm 5WPR, run by Ronn Torossian. Just yesterday, Torossian opened an account in his own name, which was immediately identified as a sock from the same farm, and was closed down. He thus confirmed that he was the puppeteer in this case.

In 2011, Babasalichai socks made a series of defamatory edits to the biographies of Shmuley Boteach and Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto. It turned out that both these people were former clients of Torossian's and had parted from the PR firm on unfriendly terms. The incident was reported in this NYTimes article and this blogpost by the left-wing Jewish organization FailedMessiah. I believe it was also picked up by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, though I can't find the reference.

In 2008, Torossian used a similar sockpuppetry tactic to support his client Agriprocessors. The story is covered in our article.

If others think this episode is worthy of inclusion, I would be glad to try to write it up. User:Diannaa (@Diannaa:) was involved in containing the sock farm, and I would especially be interested in her input. --Ravpapa (talk) 06:34, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Finsbury[edit]

Just noting here that Finsbury (public relations) has just been created. Philafrenzy (talk) 23:20, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

References[edit]

  1. ^ {{cite news|author=Robert Booth|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/feb/12/gordon-brown-david-cameron-titian%7Ctitle=Titian, the Tory and Wikipedia: a modern morality tale|work=The Guardian|date=2009-02-12|accessdate=2012-02-13}