Godwin at Wikimedia says porn claim is "nonsense"

General counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation, Mike Godwin, has hit back at Fox News’ allegations of harbouring paedophilic images as “nonsense”, labelling Fox’s claims a “self-congratulatory anti-porn-on-the-Internet campaign”.

It was reported last week that head honcho Jimmy Wales had been slapped on the wrist by fellow Wikimedia members following his decision to remove offending images without prior consultation in lieu of Fox’s claims, resulting in a reduction in his editing powers.   

Fox alleged that the Wikimedia Commons section of Wikipedia had been allowing explicit pornographic images on its site, some of which contained images of children.  It is a claim supported by Wikpedia co-founder Larry Sanger who previously wrote to the FBI regarding the issue.

Godwin claimed last night that the smear tactics were not working however. “The Fox News campaign against Wikipedia has certainly led to some reactions, of course, but our Board and executive director remain in charge, and in fact we spent more time last week rolling out an interface redesign for Wikipedia than we did thinking about Fox News’s attacks,” said Godwin, stopping just short of rolling his eyes and saying ‘bovvered’.

“Furthermore, anyone who thinks that Jimmy’s voluntary decision to limit his own editing powers means that no one is in charge suggests a profound ignorance of how the Wikimedia Foundation operates.”

Whether this is the last thing we will hear in this saga remains unlikely.