Wikipedia Italy Rages Against Berlusconi's New "Wiretapping" Act

By Gary Cutlack on at

The front page of Wikipedia Italy is not its usual trivia-filled self today. It's a full-page editorial outpouring against possible new Italian legislation, which would require sites to publish apologies to offended parties within 48 hours of offence being caused.

The Italian DDL intercettazioni (Wiretapping Act) is being debated by Italy's parliament right now, and requires "all websites to publish, within 48 hours of the request and without any comment, a correction of any content that the applicant deems detrimental to his/her image".

According to Wiki Italy, the big problem with this is there's currently no legal requirement to prove claims have been harmful or are untrue, so literally anyone could feign outrage and demand to have web pages updated with corrections, denials and their side of the story.

Claiming the proposed new rules will crush "the very pillars on which Wikipedia has been built" the site warns the Italian version of Wikipedia "may be no longer able to continue" if the Wiretapping Act comes into force. [Wiki Italy via BI]