The filibustering of the Crash Override Network page continues over on Wikipedia. Administrators and editors have taken up charge of camping the page and preventing anyone from mentioning that the Crash Override Network leaks contain targeted harassment, doxing and admission of sabotage. However, they are willing to allow the leaks to be mentioned if only in a non-contextual, non-damaging manner.
The supposed anti-abuse organization co-founded by Alex Lifschitz and Zoe Quinn had chat logs and Trello cards leak revealing that the group partook in targeted harassment and doxing. No further descriptive edits have been made to the Wikipedia entry for Crash Override Network since the page was locked by administrators on September 13th, 2016. However, on October 19th, 2016, one of the editors, MjolnirPants, an admitted male feminist, approved of his own edit that another user approved of, coming up with a safe way to acknowledge the leaks without detailing anything about the leaks.
Mjolnirpants wrote out a brief entry draft for what should be mentioned on the Crash Override Network Wikipedia page regarding the Skype and Trello leaks. The entry would be based on a brief segment regarding the leaks that aired on the September 14th, 2016 edition of the David Pakman Show. Wikipedia editor UncleThursday fixed up the mock draft made by MjolnirPants, which would read…
“In September 2016 a series of leaked Skype chat logs and Trello page documents appeared to show future members of CON assembling dossiers on various individuals related to the Gamergate controversy, including David Pakman; Pakman characterized the activity as “opposition research”.”
MjolnirPants has been one of the biggest opponents against any mention of the Crash Override Network leaks that might portray the organization in a negative light. Nevertheless, he replied with an “Approved” checkmark.
The mock draft hasn’t been added to the Wikipedia page yet. However, the blockquote that they would add to the page completely bypasses things like Quinn admitting that she, Davey Wreden and Tom Jackson intended to sabotage the Polaris Game Jam. It completely side-steps the chat group questioning Randi Lee Harper on the act of doxing people associated with #GamerGate; it ignores that the group went after Frederick Brennan, the former administrator of 8chan, actively trying to cut off every source of financial income so that he wouldn’t have any money to take care of himself. Heat Street and Washington Examiner described the group as “bullies” and partaking in “harassment”.
The entry that MjolnirPants approves of explains nothing to anyone who doesn’t already understand what “opposition research” means in context to #GamerGate and Crash Override Network. The short blurb also does little to explain why the leak occurred, what the leak was about or why it should be added to the Wikipedia entry.
It was revealed in the Crash Override Network chat logs that a previous Wikipedia editor, Ryulong, was on beck and call for the group to make edits to pages on the digital encyclopedia, including removing facts or making changes to ensure that Zoe Quinn was portrayed in the best light as possible.
PeterTheFourth is another editor who also would hang out with Ryulong on anti-#GamerGate communities and make edits to articles pertaining to Zoe Quinn and her friends. Some Wikipedia editors have argued that the current entry for Crash Override Network reads like “hagiography” and is little more than a promotional stub for the organization.
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