The 50 Most Outrageous Wikipedia Hacks

29. Stephen Colbert vs. Wikipedia

Compromised Page: Stephen Colbert, George Washington, Elephants, and more
Year: 2006

During an episode of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert went in on Wikipedia for "wikiality": the act of something being made up and becoming reality if enough people agree with the creator. To prove his point he logged into Wikipedia and changed George Washington's entry to reflect that the first president of the United States did not own slaves. Colbert then urged his viewers to do the same to the entry on elephants. His fans did what they were asked until Wikipedia locked down all articles on elephants and blocked Stephen Colbert from the site.

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