May 17, 2022

Report: “Wikipedia Sets New Rule to Combat ‘Toxic Behaviour'”

From the BBC:

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation that runs the site, voted on new measures that will be finalised by the end of the year.


Many, particularly women and members of the LGBTQ community, have complained of abuse and harassment from other editors.


“We must work together to create a safe, inclusive culture, where everyone feels welcome, that their contributions are valued, and that their perspective matters,” said Katherine Maher, the chief executive officer of the Wikimedia Foundation.


The foundation’s binding code of conduct for members will include banning or limiting access if volunteers violate the terms.

It will also create a retroactive review process for harassment that took place before these rules were set.

Read the Complete BBC Article (approx. 425 words)

Learn More: Full Text of Wikimedia Foundation Statement: “Trust and Safety on Wikimedia Projects”

UPDATE May 25 Wikimedia is Writing New Policies to Fight Wikipedia Harassment (via The Verge)

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