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Posted December 12, 2005 by admin in Internet

Mr Chase, who added the false information to the biography in May 2005, said he did not realise that the online encyclopedia was taken so seriously.

The fake information stated that Mr Seigenthaler Sr was linked to the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and that he had lived in the Soviet Union for 13 years. The entry has now been corrected.

Tennessean Brian Chase said he added to the entry to trick a co-worker. The discovery of the fake data in journalist John Seigenthaler’s biography started a debate about the online reference work’s reliability and the prank has caused Wikipedia to change its policy so only registered users can create entries.

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