I’ve been sitting on this story for quite some time waiting for something significant to make it relevant. Now that time has come. About two years ago, rumors started floating around about Wikipedia’s involvement with child pornography and the pedophile agenda. First there was a row about this image on Wikipedia depicting child nudity.
Then there was the long-standing allegation by Perverted Justice that:
Pedophiles have long sought to use Wikipedia to justify and promote their agenda. They organize together in order to create Wikipedia accounts and then seek to use Wikipedia’s all-inclusiveness to promote their point of view. When pointed out, Wikipedians themselves often don’t believe that there is an organized campaign to subvert the user-edited encyclopedia in order to promote the pedophile agenda.
Well now these allegations have risen to a new level. Last week, Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger reported the site’s parent organization to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying he believes the Wikimedia Commons “may be knowingly distributing child pornography.”
According to Sanger:
The clearest instances I found (I did not want to look for long) are linked from [the pedophilia page] and [the lolicon page]. I don’t know if there is any more, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is-the content on the various Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons and various others, are truly vast.
You can see on [the history of the category page] that the page has existed for three years. Considering that Eric Möller, a high-level Wikipedia manager, is well known for his views in defense of pedophilia… surely the existence of this page must have come to the attention of those with the legal responsibility for the Wikimedia projects.
Erik Möller was recently elevated to Deputy Director of the Wikimedia Foundation which controls Wikipedia. In 2000, long before his Wikipedophilia days, Möller gave a speech in Nuremberg entitled “Kinder sind Pornos” which means “children are pornography.” Even in Google’s rough translation, the gist is clear enough: Möller argues that nonviolent child pornography does no harm.
Other sites have also discussed Möller’s seeming fixation on child sexuality and child pornography. According to the blog Cyde Weys:
Erik Möller has a rather . . . deep interest in child sexuality, and some “interesting” positions on it to boot.
I’m not the first to pick up on this, either. Valleywag quotes Erik as saying “What is my position on pedophilia, then? It’s really simple. If the child doesn’t want it, is neutral or ambiguous, it’s inappropriate.” Obviously, that’s leaving something important unsaid — namely, are children really mature enough to decide if they do want sex; and if they say they do, does that make it appropriate?
But there are some other things that haven’t come to light yet. I’ll just list them off and let his words speak for themselves.
Erik created the Wikipedia article on Child Sexuality in 2003, and it was definitely not a stub article (Wikipedia’s parlance for short, introductory articles intended to be expanded upon by others).
He inserted the following text into the article on Human Sexual Behavior:
“It is generally acknowledged that children are capable of feeling sexual pleasure, even if they are not yet able to engage in sexual intercourse with each other, and/or are not yet biologically able to reproduce.”
In the article on Homosexuality and Morality, he writes:
“A small minority believes that children are capable of consenting to homosexual acts with older men, but all major pro-homosexual groups have rejected that view.”
And he has a rather curious definition of pedophilia:
“Again, someone who sexually abuses a minor is not necessarily a pedophile (”exclusively” ”attracted” to ”preadolescents” — emphasis on every word), but may simply be acting out of opportunity. The title “pedophiles and pederasts” is redundant — pedophilia ”includes” pederasty. This does not in any way mitigate the definitional problems of this article.”
Now that judicial opinions, newspapers and scholarly reports increasingly cite to Wikipedia, it doesn’t take too much imagination to believe that individuals with agendas see Wikipedia as a perfect vehicle to promote their viewpoint. Anonymous editors and anonymous contributors with anonymous oversight, little or no authoritative peer review, and almost universal knee jerk acceptance make Wikipedia a powerful and dangerous place.
As we cede more and more control of our intelligence to the Googles and Wikipedias of the world, we need to remember that sophisticated invisible forces can easily manipulate our view of reality. Just who is editing and controlling Wikipedia? There’s more than just the Lower Merion School District in your child’s bedroom. Wikipedophilia might be the most dangerous threat of all.