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Wikipedia rejects co-founder’s accusations of distributing child porn on website

Wikipedia’s co-founder Larry Sanger, who left the organization in 2002, claims that Wikimedia Commons, the parent company of Wiki products including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews and Wikiquote, is knowingly distributing child pornography in its products. On its part, Wikipedia has strongly rejected Sanger’s claim by saying, “We don’t have material we would deem to be illegal. If we did, we would remove it.”

Wikipedia’s co-founder Larry Sanger, who left the organization in 2002, claims that Wikimedia Commons, the parent company of Wiki products including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews and Wikiquote, is knowingly distributing child pornography in its products. On its part, Wikipedia has strongly rejected Sanger’s claim by saying, “We don’t have material we would deem to be illegal. If we did, we would remove it.”

Larry Sanger has also sent a letter to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) outlining his concerns and identifying two specific categories (Pedophilia, Lilicon), which he believes violate federal obscenity laws. “I was not shocked that it was online, but I was shocked that it was on a Wikimedia Foundation site that purports to be a reference site,” Sanger has said. “I am going to sound really old fashioned, but I felt that it was my duty. I really did.”

“I think a lot of teachers and education technologists responsible for the filters at public schools don’t realize how much and what level of pornography there is in the system,” Larry Sanger, who is now involved in educational projects like Citizendium.org and WatchKnow.org, has further said. According to Sanger, he began looking for explicit content after realizing during a mailing list discussion with other educators that most of them had no idea that Wikimedia had content that might be deemed inappropriate for students.

Responding to Larry Sanger’s accusations Wikipedia has said, “The Wikimedia Foundation obeys the law. In the weeks since Sanger’s published allegations, the Wikimedia Foundation has not been contacted by the FBI or any other law-enforcement agency with regard to allegedly illegal content on any Wikimedia projects. Our community of volunteer editors takes action to remove illegal material when such material is brought to its attention. The Wikimedia Foundation is proud of the Wikimedia editors who zealously work to keep the projects free of illegal material.” [Source: FoxNews]

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