WIKIPEDIA founder Jimmy Wales has called for a ban on Gibraltar-related posts appearing on the site.
It follows the resignation of Wikipedia trustee Roger Bamkin after it emerged he was being paid by Gibraltar Government to promote the Rock using the online encyclopedia’s Did You Know? section.
“I think it is clear that there should be a strong moratorium on any Gibraltar-related ‘Did You Knows?’ on the front page of Wikipedia,” said Wales.
“I would recommend a total ban on them for five years, but that might be too extreme.
“I support that we get wider community attention on the issue.”
The controversy came to light after Gibraltar featured 17 times on the site during August, second only to the Olympics, following the signing of an agreement between Bamkin and officials on the Rock.
At the time, Bamkin was a board member with Wikimedia UK – a firm closely linked to Wikipedia – but he has since been forced to resign.