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Saturday 29 April 2017

Craigslist founder donates half a million dollars to tackle Wikipedia trolls

Craig Newmark founded Craigslist in 1995 in San Francisco (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Craig Newmark founded Craigslist in 1995 in San Francisco (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is donating $500,000 to help curb harassment on Wikipedia.

The Wikimedia Foundation said the money from the Craig Newmark Foundation and Craigslist's Charitable Fund will go towards tools for Wikipedia's staff and volunteer editors to reduce harassment on the user-generated encyclopaedia site.

The Wikimedia Foundation said online harassment faced by Wikipedia contributors impedes their ability to write and edit the site's entries.

Mr Newmark said preventing "trolling, harassment and cyber bullying" is essential to ensuring Wikipedia's vitality.

Wikimedia said the money will be used to launch a programme to help editors "more quickly identify potentially harassing behaviour".

One of the tools being considered is to make it more difficult for blocked users to return to the site.

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