Chinese have tried to infiltrate Wikipedia to "promote China's goals," the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia, told

BBC News


Wikipedia articles are written and updated by Wikimedia Foundation volunteers.

The infiltrators with ties to China have attempted to manipulate the content of some Wikipedia pages.

This is apparent from, among other things, changes in texts about the closure of the Hong Kong daily

Apple Daily

and the arrest of some top figures.

The Wikipedia infiltrators have tried to refer mainly to Chinese state media in the source reference.

An extensive survey of this Wikimedia community from mainland China has revealed that the group is made up of about three hundred members.

Seven users have since been banned and the administrator rights of another twelve users have been revoked.

In response, the relevant Wikimedia community has accused Wikipedia of acting contrary to "the feelings and opinions of the community".