An Anonymous Contributor Defaces the Wikipedia Page of the host of The Trend show, Larry Madowo

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The free online encyclopedia is based on a model of openly editable content. It does not rely on content writers to create posts but relies on anonymous volunteer Wikipedia writers who create content without pay. Anyone with internet connection is able to add or update a Wikipedia page freely. However, there are exceptions e.g. in cases where copyright restrictions limit contributors from editing.

In May 2014, Ed Summers created a Twitter account dubbed CongressEdits. The automated Twitter account tracks all changes made to Wikipedia content originating from IP addresses that are within the ranges allotted to the U.S. Congress.

On August 30, 2016, NTV’s anchor Larry Madowo woke up to find a fresh biography on his Wikipedia page. The edited version of the page was shared on Twitter, and Larry Madowo loved it. He stated that: “Someone defaced my Wikipedia page, and it is awesome.”

The hilarious version that included the Wiki edits describes the host of The Trend show as:

“Kenyan politician who was the leader of the Kazi Party.”

The anonymous Wikipedia editors go on to describe Mr. Madowo as the

“Chancellor of Kenya from 1933 to 1945, and leader of Kazi Kenya from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Kazi Kenya, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and was a central figure of the Holocaust.”

The anonymous contributor further adds to the Wikipedia revisions:

“He moved to Kenya in 1913 and was decorated during his service in the Girl Scout in World War I, selling cookies. He joined the Kenyan Workers’ Party, the precursor of the Kazi, in 1919 and became the leader of the Kazi in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup in Kisumu to seize power of the Girl Guide Movement.”

“Larry Madowo is currently a news anchor, with suspicions that he might be a vampire.”

The contributor finishes.

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