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Magazine Article: BibTeX citation key:  Leetaru2017
KALEV LEETARU. 10th Feb 2017. What Wikipedia's Daily Mail 'Ban' Tells Us About The Future Of Online Censorship. Forbes.
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Categories: history, speaking through machines
Keywords: consensus, Daily Mail, lobbying by newspapers, Wikipedia
Creators: Leetaru
Collection: Forbes

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Abstract
emphasizes the fact that only 50 people voted to prohibit the Daily Mail and observes that co-founder Jimmy Wales was cited during the debate as being in favor of such a ban. Other than this appeal to authority, the author argues that many of the arguments sounded rather empty (WP:IDONTLIKEIT):

"Strangely, a review of the comments advocating for a prohibition of the Mail yields not a single data-driven analysis performed in the course of this discussion. In fact, the “fact checking” stage of the prohibition is perhaps best summed up by the user who proposed the prohibition in the first place: 'A list of reasons why would be enormous, it doesn’t need reiterating, the paper is trash, pure and simple.'"
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Further information may be found at:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleeta ... ure-of-online-censorship/#152d3e1c5c36

 
Notes
Uncharacteristically, this story was covered by dozens of news outlets. It was first leaked to The Guardian by the user responsible for starting the RfC that would lead to The Daily Mail being prohibited. (User:hillbillyholiday)

It is interesting to note the relative positioning of the Mail & the WMF in the US webmarket.
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