UK Wikipedia users unhappy over Scorpions page block


UK Wikipedia users unhappy over Scorpions page block

Warwick Ashford

UK Wikipedia users are up in arms after 95% were blocked from accessing an entry on German heavy metal band, The Scorpions.

The page was blocked by several UK internet service providers (ISPs) after the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said an image of the band's 1976 album Virgin Killer could be illegal.

Most UK ISPs use the IWF's list of proscribed sites as a guide on filtering out images showing child abuse and other illegal content.

Wikipedia volunteers say The Scorpions' album cover image of a girl has never been banned.

They are also unhappy that the text entry for The Scorpions is also being blocked, reports the BBC.

The Wikipedia database contains over two million articles in English, written and edited by volunteers and users of the multi-lingual site.

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