Microsoft Pays a Writer to Edit Wikipedia

By Deane Barker on January 24, 2007

Microsoft in hot water over Wikipedia edits: Microsoft was sick of having their Wikipedia edits to the ODF and OOXML articles reverted, so they tried to pay an “independent” party to change them.

Microsoft acknowledged it had approached the writer and offered to pay him for the time it would take to correct what the company was sure were inaccuracies in Wikipedia articles on an open-source document standard and a rival format put forward by Microsoft.

Spokeswoman Catherine Brooker said she believed the articles were heavily written by people at IBM Corp., which is a big supporter of the open-source standard. IBM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.