According to the Mirror, an unidentified user on a government connection has been editing Wikipedia "on an industrial scale": making changes to articles in alphabetical order during working hours on weekdays. The newspaper suggests the edits are harmless, however their scale is worrying.
On December 29, the anonymous editor set a record by making changes to 95 articles in a single day.
A UK Cabinet Office spokesperson told Mirror Online it was impossible to find out which computer is being used to make edits or if they were made by a single person or a group.
The newspaper suggests that changes are being made by a single editor.
The activity of the anonymous editor is being monitored by the UK's Channel 4 news Twitter account Whitehall Edits that automatically tweets when a government-owned computer edits a Wikipedia article.
British politicians found themselves in the middle of a Wikipedia editing scandal in April 2014, when the Liverpool Echo reported that government computers had been used to add insults to an article about the Hillsborough disaster – a 1989 human crush at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, England that resulted in 96 deaths.
According to the Liverpool Echo, someone from the government added the phrase "blame Liverpool fans" to the article and changed the football club's motto from "You'll never walk alone" to "You'll never walk again."
The “Reproduction (album)” Wikipedia article was just edited anonymously from a UK government computer: http://t.co/ORyvBCmpbd— Whitehall Edits (@WhitehallEdits) 19 января 2015
Later British media revealed other controversial or offensive edits made from government computers, which included adding conspiracy theories to an article about the London 7/7 bombings and homophobic insults to an article about celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
In July 2014, British journalist Tom Scott created Parliament WikiEdits, a Twitter account that tracks Wikipedia edits made from IP addresses belonging to the UK parliament. In August, Channel 4 News created @WhitehallEdits to monitor similar activities by the UK government.