Mocha Uson's Wikipedia page locked after 'persistent vandalism'

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Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has been accused of peddling fake news, to which she has consistently asserted her right to free speech.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) — The Wikipedia page of Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson is now locked from those who plan to edit it due to "persistent vandalism."

Her page was modified 47 times in six hours on April 11 before it was locked. Wikipedia's contents are user-generated.

The modifications to Uson's page include the removal of the section "Fake News and Misleading Information," where the contributor listed instances when she allegedly spread false information.

Mocha-Uson-Wiki1_CNNPH.jpg Mocha Uson's Wikipedia page had 47 back-and-forth edits in a span of six hours before it was locked.  

At 5:19 p.m. of Wednesday, the entire section was removed. The unidentified user who removed it explained, "(I) deleted fabricated information and petty complaints like the use of stock photo of a Honduras soldier."

Some authenticated users re-uploaded the section.

It was followed by other attempts to remove the section from the edit log, which included comments from unidentified editors such as, "she is a blogger and she tells her own opinion on politics and other stuff."

Uson has been accused of peddling fake news, to which she has consistently asserted her right to free speech. Senators have called her out for spreading misinformation on her Facebook page MOCHA USON BLOG. The blogger-turned-official is also facing an administrative complaint for some of her false statements.

At 8:49 p.m., the edit wars stopped when an authenticated Wikipedia user imposed a "semi-protection lock" on the page, preventing edits from users who are not registered with the website.

"This level of protection is useful when there is a significant amount of disruption or vandalism from new or unregistered users, or to prevent sock puppets of blocked or banned users from editing, especially when it occurs on biographies of living persons who have had a recent high level of media interest," Wikipedia explained.

Wikipedia is one of the Internet's most visited free encyclopedia, with over 240 million users viewing their pages daily. It is the fifth most visited page in the world according to information company Alexa.

The online encyclopedia allows users to edit information freely, as part of its community standards.