Thursday, October 20, 2005

Fight Between Airlines Spills Over to Wikipedia

An AP newswire article, via The Globe and Mail, reports that:

An eye-gouging fight between American Airlines and Southwest Airlines over air service in northern Texas has spilled over to an on-line encyclopedia.

Wikipedia lets users create, change and even erase articles on any topic, regardless of their expertise.

Last week, someone using a computer with an Internet address assigned to American Airlines edited Wikipedia to describe Southwest Airlines Co. as "a notoriously litigious company constantly seeking to change laws to gain an advantage." For a time, the site also said Dallas-based Southwest is "known for its PR machine and litigious nature."

Wikipedia volunteers deleted the phrases within hours.


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