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Italian Wikipedia may shut down due to new laws against “giving offence”?

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Here. Could well be legit threat if Canadian experience is any guide:

This proposal, which the Italian Parliament is currently debating, provides, among other things, a requirement to all websites to publish, within 48 hours of the request and without any comment, a correction of any content that the applicant deems detrimental to his/her image.

Unfortunately, the law does not require an evaluation of the claim by an impartial third judge – the opinion of the person allegedly injured is all that is required, in order to impose such correction to any website.

Hence, anyone who feels offended by any content published on a blog, an online newspaper and, most likely, even on Wikipedia can directly request to publish a “corrected” version, aimed to contradict and disprove the allegedly harmful contents, regardless of the truthfulness of the information deemed as offensive, and its sources.

Sooner or later, you’ll have to confront it where you are: Governments. Want. Control. Of. The. Internet.

It’s crazy. But they’re serious.

Note: Wikipedia is a very flawed organization. But they start with those and then move on to the rest.

Hat tip: Doc Madhattan


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