Wikipedia buttons up key pages ahead of U.S. election


By Elizabeth Culliford
(Reuters) – Wikipedia has locked down its main election page ahead of the U.S. presidential election so that only certain editors can make changes, part of preparations to combat potential disinformation and abuses related to Tuesday’s vote.
The online encyclopedia’s articles, written primarily by unpaid volunteers, are relied on by platforms from Alphabet Inc’s Google to Amazon Inc’s voice assistant Alexa to give their users information and context.
“We’re not worried about vandals who want to just mess up an article in order to cause a little trouble. The Wikipedia community deals with those issues for breakfast,” Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization which hosts Wikipedia, said in a phone interview.
“We’re really worried about coordinated actors … trying to …

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