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Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Airlines jet

19
Jul
2014

A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterdays crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. The Telegraph reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 accidents that mentioned flight MH17 initially included language pointing to terrorists before being changed to Ukrainian soldiers. Before the edit, the entry read: Launched just this past weekend, it sends out a tweet when it detects Wikipedia edits made by people using Russian government IP addresses. In this case, the edit has been linked back to someone in Kiev at VGTRK, Russias state-run TV and radio network. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed into a sparsely-populated area of Ukraine.

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