The State Court of Berlin has ordered the German-language Wikipedia to remove claims linking CS prof Alex Waibel to US intelligence. "Whether the claims were justified or not was not taken into account by the court" — instead it seems the court disagrees with Wikipedia's policy of repeating claims from published sources, and insists that potentially-harmful claims can only be published by people who have researched them directly.
https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Urteil-gegen-Wikipedia-Keine-rufschaedigende-Kritik-ohne-Recherche-4209610.html (in German), via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-12-01/In_the_media
"Wikipedia silenced by german court" – But Heise may report about the ruling, and the court is also allowed to mention it in public. Why them and not Wikipedia. Or rather, for how long? The german authorities' fondness of censorship is unsettling. It doesn't help that the EU seems to be following Germany's lead here.
Yes, I get that this is supposed to protect individuals, but if applied too broadly it simply amounts to censorship.
Thanks for sharing, @11011110
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