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Author Topic: Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits  (Read 1574 times)

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Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits
« on: July 10, 2014, 04:31:54 AM »
In light of the way we all are spied on, I suppose turn about is fair play! ;)

These Twitter accounts tweet every time a government makes an anonymous edit to a Wikipedia article.

https://twitter.com/gccaedits - Canada
https://twitter.com/RiksdagWikiEdit - Sweden
https://twitter.com/congressedits - UK
https://twitter.com/parliamentedits - US

Source code is available here: https://github.com/edsu/anon

Anyways, I figured that more than a couple people here would get a kick out of that.

Just a quick observation: The Canadians seem to do a lot of grammar edits, while the US counterparts do touchy-feely nonsense.

They are brand new, so not much in there. It should be fun though to see what happens. :)



EDIT: BOT WAR!

It appears that there are more and more targeted bots coming out now:

https://twitter.com/ONgovEdits
https://twitter.com/rcmp_edits
https://twitter.com/EduskuntaEdit
https://twitter.com/hgbedit
https://twitter.com/NCGAedits
https://twitter.com/AussieParlEdits
https://twitter.com/israeledits
https://twitter.com/EstadoEdita
https://twitter.com/harvardedits
https://twitter.com/lagovedits

I'm sure there are more out there.

Get your popcorn! This is going to be a fun show! :D

This is actually good news. :P



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« Last Edit: July 16, 2014, 08:04:52 PM by Renegade, Reason: More bots added. »

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Re: Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 11:52:38 AM »
Think you got UK and US links mixed up?
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Re: Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 12:28:28 PM »
"My Wikipedia entry doesn't mention the long haired cats! It MUST mention the long haired cats! Somebody get on that, right away!"

http://en.wikipedia....&oldid=564309759

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Re: Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2014, 09:21:54 PM »
Those bots are starting to make waves as we're seeing news stories about them now:

http://www.vice.com/...viour-from-wikipedia

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Yesterday I wrote an article about a new Twitterbot called GCCAEdits, which monitors revisions made to Wikipedia articles and tweets every time it catches an edit made from a Canadian government computer.
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Re: Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2014, 09:42:44 PM »
If you want a laugh or 2, go here:

http://en.wikipedia....&oldid=617075829

Then click through to each "Next edit". It's just hilarious! :D MPD & mild tourettes? :)
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Re: Twitter accounts spying on government Wikipedia edits
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 08:03:38 PM »
@congressedits is just off the hook!

https://twitter.com/congressedits

You won't believe what they're doing to Wikipedia. It's insane. Get your popcorn! ;D

Here are just some of the topics they're editing:

  • Bohemian Grove
  • Abby Martin
  • David Icke
  • CFR
  • Alex Jones
  • Lyndon LaRouche
  • COINTELPRO
  • Crimea
  • Georgia Guidestones
  • City of London Corporation
  • Trilateral Commission
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • Lucis Trust
  • Gerald Celente
  • Geoengineering
  • Donald Rumsfeld

It's a conspiracy bonanza! And those are just some! The rhetoric is off the charts!

Here's a bit from the Rumsfled edit (bolding the edits):

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'''Donald Henry Rumsfeld''' (born July 9, 1932) is an [[United States|American]] politician, alien lizard and businessman.

...

"Born" in Illinois, Rumsfeld

...

Rumsfeld has has refused to answer directly as to whether or not he is, in fact, an alien lizard who eats Mexican babies.<ref>{{cite web|title=O&A Rumsfeld Interview|url=http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/02/louis-ck-asks-donald-rumsfeld-if-hes-a-lizard-person-who-eats-mexican-babies/|work=web page|publisher=RawStory|accessdate=25 February 2011}}</ref>

Oh man... Good stuff! :D
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