Tuesday, December 13, 2005

More on the Wikipedia class action

It's not known whether a class action lawsuit against Wikipedia will continue. However, the perpetrator of a 'joke' accusing John Seigenthaler Sr. of involvement in the Kennedy assassinations has apologized. Brian Chase created a Wikipedia entry "that falsely implicated [John Seigenthaler Sr.] in both Kennedy assassinations and prompted a row about the online encyclopaedia's reliability ..."

According the the Guardian Unlimited (Wikipedia hoaxer apologises):
"The author of a Wikipedia entry that falsely implicated a prominent writer in both Kennedy assassinations and prompted a row about the online encyclopaedia's reliability has apologised to his victim, saying that it was a 'joke that went horribly, horribly wrong'. In a hand-delivered letter to journalist John Seigenthaler Sr, Brian Chase, an employee of a Nashville delivery company, said he inserted the false online biography as a prank on a co-worker. His contribution had falsely accused Mr Seigenthaler of having been linked to the assassination of John as well as Robert Kennedy, and of having lived in the former Soviet Union for 13 years."

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