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Wikipedia blocks US Capitol computers from editing online encyclopaedia after ‘disruptive’ revisions

Wikipedia has imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives after anonymous changes were made to entries about politicians, businesses and historical events.

In response to what it calls disruptive revisions, Wikipedia has a 10-day ban blocking any editing from an IP address at the US Capitol, which is shared among a number of computers.

One entry referred to former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld as an alien lizard who eats Mexican babies.

Another said that John F Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted on behalf of Fidel Castro.

The ban came after unusual revisions were pointed out by Twitter account @congressedits, which describes itself as a bot that tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits that are made from IP addresses in the US Congress.

The account was created by a software developer named Ed Summers — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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