A Wikipedia page about the assassination of John F. Kennedy was changed to claim Lee Harvey Oswald, as well as the man who killed him, Jack Ruby, acted “on behalf of the regime of Fidel Castro," a Twitter account that tracks the U.S. Congress’ Wikipedia edits said.
Congress-edits, is a"bot that tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits that are made from IP addresses in the U.S. Congress." The account was created by software developer Ed Summers, who stated on his personal blog he was inspired by the twitter account Parliament WikiEdits, which follows changes on Wikipedia articles by Great Britain’s parliament.
The congressional account Tuesday publicized a change to John F. Kennedy’s assassination page:
Assassination of John F. Kennedy Wikipedia article edited anonymously by US House of Representatives http://t.co/ptUUA0s87z
— congress-edits (@congressedits) July 15, 2014
While the articles directly concerning the Warren Commission and Oswald were unchanged and continue to state that he acted alone, the assassination of JFK article was changed to add both Oswald and Ruby acted “on behalf of the regime of Fidel Castro." However, it was then changed back.
While this account catches anonymous edits of Choco Tacos being a staple food in the House of Representatives snack machines or adding Bon Jovi to the list of music featured on 'It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' it also picks up on more eventful edits:
Crimea Wikipedia article edited anonymously by US House of Representatives http://t.co/Lfb0rEbVUh
— congress-edits (@congressedits) July 14, 2014
Someone using an IP address from Congress added the sentence “the peninsula was illegally annexed by Russia” to the Crimea article and deleted the more impartial version: “a territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine.”
"There is an incredible yearning in this country and around the world for using technology to provide more transparency about our democracies," Summers said on his blog explaining the new project. "We desperately want to be part of a more informed citizenry, that engages with our local communities, sees the world as our stage, and the World Wide Web as our medium."