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Civil Service 'adapting to the use of new media'

The Civil Service is "adapting to the use of new media and new technology," a Cabinet Office spokesperson said as it faces fresh questions over dubious Wikipedia edits from the secure Government network.

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The Cabinet office is facing fresh questions about dubious Wikipedia edits. Credit: PA Wire

"But the Civil Service Code applies at all times, and we take breaches very seriously", they continued.

"We have already announced an investigation to examine offensive edits to Wikipedia, and will look at other concerns raised."

More questions raised on Cabinet Office and Wikipedia

The Cabinet Office faces fresh questions about dubious Wikipedia edits carried out from the secure Government computer network, after it was found their systems were used to change an article on the Hillsborough disaster.

An examination of Wikipedia changes made from an IP address allocated to the Government network shows an individual wrote about "killing or enslaving" black people on the entry for Howick Falls in South Africa, and also suggests that black people are uncivilised and believe "hearsay and myth".

The revisions were made in November 2006 but were quickly deleted by a moderator.

In another example, the IT system was used in December 2006 to edit the entry for Manchester to read: "Heralded as the 'w*****s capital of the North'". This change was also reversed by the site's editors.

Read: Government seeks culprits behind 'sickening' Wiki edits

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