Jimmy Wales Plans Deletion of Wikipedia Porn

Ryan Whitwam

Wikimedia administrators have been hotly debating the hosting of pornographic content on Wikimedia Commons for some time. Until now Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has remained silent on the matter, but in a new post on his user talk page he makes his position clear . "Wikimedia Commons admins who wish to remove from the project all images that are of little or no educational value but which appeal solely to prurient interests have my full support," Wales wrote.

There has been no official word from the Wikimedia Foundation, which has control over the Wikipedia project, but now that Wales has made his position known the outcome seems assured. Wales also restarted the Commons: Sexual Content page, which tracks inappropriate content on the site.

Wales did attempt to assuage fears of a wholesale removal of legitimate content later in his post saying, " We should keep educational images about sexuality - mere nudity is not pornography - but as with all our projects, editorial quality judgements must be made and will be made - appropriately and in good taste." So should the Wikimedia Foundation be removing legal pornographic content from the site?

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