India Summons Wikipedia Over False Arshdeep Link

India has summoned Wikipedia executives after a national cricketer’s page on the online encyclopedia was edited following a match with Pakistan to claim that he was linked to a Sikh separatist movement, a government source said on Monday.

Arshdeep Singh has incurred the wrath of social media users since Sunday when he dropped a catch in the closing stages of a tense India-Pakistan match.

Singh’s Wikipedia page on Sunday said the cricketer had been selected to play for Khalistan, referring to an independent Sikh State sought by some groups but which does not exist.

The Wikipedia page has since been rectified.

A senior government source said the Union information technology ministry has summoned Wikipedia executives over the incident.

India’s IT ministry and Wikipedia did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Economic Times newspaper reported on Monday that a government panel will question Wikipedia on how the online encyclopedia is edited and how modifications such as those made to Arshdeep’s page could be allowed.

‘The edits have been traced back to servers in neighbouring countries and can cause serious damage to the internal peace and national safety of India,’ the newspaper quoted a government official as saying.

Wikipedia’s articles, written primarily by unpaid volunteers, are relied on by platforms from Google to Amazon Alexa to give their users information and context.

Emotions run high whenever India play Pakistan in what is cricket’s most passionate rivalry between the bitter neighbours.

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