Hundreds of “black hat” English Wikipedia accounts blocked following investigation

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind omnipresent online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has revealed that almost 400 user accounts have been blocked by volunteer editors.

“Most of these articles, which were related to businesses, business people, or artists, were generally promotional in nature, and often included biased or skewed information, unattributed material, and potential copyright violations,” Wikimedia said in a blog post. “The edits made by the sockpuppets are similar enough that the community believes they were perpetrated by one coordinated group.”