Wikipedia locks Liz Truss’ page after prank — Analysis

Wikipedia’s page about the new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has been subject to restricted editing. Citing “persistent vandalism”After she was pranked, her picture was replaced with images of British TV stars.

The article was given ‘protected’ status in response to multiple swaps of Truss’ profile photo with images of random celebrities, the Daily Mail reported on Monday after the former foreign secretary was revealed as the winner of the Tory leadership race. 

The online encyclopedia’s protection log and edits history reveal that the page was targeted by vandals on September 3 and 5, and that among dozens of edits there were multiple changes of the profile photo.

The Daily Mail posted screenshots showing several modifications. At one point on Monday, the page on Truss featured a picture of 80-year-old celebrity cleaner, Kim Woodburn, 80, who co-presented the Channel 4 show ‘How Clean Is Your House?’ 

Photos of fictional EastEnders characters and of Celebrity Big Brother star Lauren Harries also made appearances where the incoming PM’s portrait was supposed to be. 

Wikipedia is free to edit for most articles. Administrators can however block users or lock pages if they are in violation of the guidelines and policies.

Now only administrators and extended confirmed users — who have had accounts for at least 30 days and made over 500 edits — are allowed make changes to Truss’ page.

Liz Truss is officially elected UK PM

Wikipedia warns that Truss can be identified as a person at the top. “involved in a current event,”The latest update to your articles “may not reflect the most current information.”

Liz Truss officially replaced Boris Johnson as a prime minister after a formal meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at the monarch’s Scottish Highland retreat on Tuesday.

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