Heavy metal music, weed, and radio stations have all been deleted from Wikipedia. Watch the clip to find out what the authorities have tried to stop you learning about.
A ban is a formal prohibition from editing some or all Wikipedia pages, either temporarily or indefinitely. Bans are a possible outcome of dispute resolution. They may be imposed by community consensus, by the Arbitration Committee or, in certain topic areas, by administrators. A ban is normally a site ban (prohibiting all editing), but it may be limited to, for example, a topic ban (prohibiting editing in certain topic areas), or an article ban or page ban (prohibiting the editing of certain pages).
10Post by the Church of Scientology
Wiki blacklisted any post coming from IPs belonging to the Church of Scientology. The ban came when a period of “edit warning” between followers and critics compromised Wiki´s neutrality.
09Posts from US Congress computers
In July 2014 there was a 10 day ban on posts from House of Representatives. It came after false information was written on pages about rival politicians and the Kennedy Assassination.
In 2013 French intelligence forced Wiki admin to remove an article about a military radio station. After the press reported the incident, the re-uploaded page became the most-read on French Wiki.
07The Prophet Muhammad
Inn 2006 a post about the Muhammad cartoon controversy caused Pakistan the block the entire site. They blocked the English Wiki in 2010 for reporting “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day”.
In April 2013 Russia blacklisted Wiki over an article titled “Cannabis smoking”. They claimed the page could be seen as harmful to children.
Wikipedia´s article on Bhumibol Adulyadej was blocked in 2008 for insulting the Thai King. The country also blocked You Tube after a clip ridiculing the leader was uploaded.
04Virgin Killer by scorpions
The UK blocked the post for heavy metal album “Virgin Killer” claiming it featured child pornography. Previously judged to be of low legal concern, the Internet watch Foundation reversed the decision 3 days later.
In 2011 Italian Wiki´s content was hidden in protest against a proposed bill which restricted free speech online. For 3 days all searches on the Italian site rerouted to a statement undermining the bill.
02Wikipedia in Iran
The Iranian government blocked 963 of 800.000 Persian language pages. Targets included posts about government rivals, minority religions and criticisms of state officials.
01Wikipedia in Saudi Arabia
The entire Arabic Wikipedia was blocked in 2008 with no explanation. They also banned posts referring to sex education or pornography from the English language Wiki.
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