The Framing of Political NGOs in Wikipedia through Criticism Elimination

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Oboler, Andre, Gerald Steinberg, and Rephael Stern. “The Framing of Political NGOs in Wikipedia through Criticism Elimination.” Journal of Information Technology and Politics 7.4 (2010): 284-299.


This article introduces criticism elimination, a type of information removal leading to a framing effect that impairs Wikipedia’s delivery of a neutral point of view (NPOV) and ultimately facilitates a new form of gatekeeping with political science and information technology implications. This article demonstrates a systematic use of criticism elimination and categorizes the editors responsible into four types. We show that some types use criticism elimination to dominate and manipulate articles to advocate political and ideological agendas. We suggest mitigation approaches to criticism elimination. The research is interdisciplinary and based on empirical analysis of the public edit histories.