Listless Wikimedia "In Chaos" Following Co-founder Jimmy Wales Resignation

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Wikimedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has abruptly stepped down following a controversial porn purge that saw Wales himself single-handedly deleting questionable content from Wikimedia Foundation servers. Updated.

The purge was the result of a FOX News investigation started in April that discovered a large amount of pornographic material on Wikimedia's servers. When FOX News asked Wikimedia donors how they felt about this, the questions started rolling in and the offending imagery started going away.

Therein lies the issue: Many editors in the organization's "inner circle" disagreed with the way Wales handled the pornography deletions—some did not see the content as objectionable at all, while others appaently argued the deletions went against the organization's inherent openness.


In any event, Wales has relinquished administrative rights, but will remain a board member. The resignation, according to an unnamed source, has sent Wikimedia "into chaos" with no one at the wheel.

Update: Jimmy Waled email to say that FOX News "got it wrong" and that he is still very much in control over at Wikimedia. In an article over at TechCrunch, he further expands on his position, saying that FOX has yet to reach out to him for comment, and that the reports of "chaos" mentioned above and in the source links are incorrect. [Venture Beat, Neowin]

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I don't understand why people are bashing Fox. Jimmy Wales' actions, not Fox's, are the source of his problems.