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‘Wikipedia Executives’ Questioned by MeitY Over ‘Khalistani’ Edits Made to Arshdeep Singh’s Page

However, many said that this shows that the ministry (MeitY) does not understand how editing and content creation actually works on Wikipedia

India lost to Pakistan in an Asia Cup cricket match on September 4th. Arshdeep Singh dropped a catch during the match, inviting trolling on Twitter. A few hours later, the Indian bowler's Wikipedia page was edited to indicate that he had Khalistani affiliations. Now, 'Wikipedia executives' have been summoned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to explain how and why this happened, reports Economic Times (and a host of similar reports by other dailies). The executives will also be expected to share how they plan to curb the spread of misinformation on the platform. A panel led by MeitY Secretary Alkesh Kumar Sharma was reportedly set to meet the Wikipedia executives yesterday. On the flip side, Newslaundry reports that the Ministry had emailed the Wikimedia Foundation—the parent non-profit of Wikipedia—citing sections 3(1)(b) and 3(1)(d) of the IT Rules, 2021. The law binds intermediaries to not host various types of unlawful information, including content that is defamatory, racially or ethnically objectionable, patently false and untrue with the intent to mislead or harass a person, or threatens India's sovereignty. The Ministry reportedly sent the Foundation questions on the issue, seeking a response within 24 hours. According to Newslaundry, this email was sent on Monday evening, seven hours after the Economic Times story broke. 'The Wikimedia Foundation, the US-based non-profit that operates Wikipedia has been made aware by the Indian Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology of the vandalism that took place on the Wikipedia page of Indian cricketer, Arshdeep Singh,' said a Wikimedia Foundation spokesperson…

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