In May the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed that makers of all
antidepressant medications – including Seroquel – update labeling to include
warnings over increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior in young
adults during early treatment. The proposed warnings would emphasise that
other serious psychiatric disorders are themselves the most important causes
He told Times Online in an interview this afternoon that he is likely
to next turn his attention to the "treasure trove of information that
people give away" on social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo.
"I think you could do some very interesting things there - you have huge
amounts of information openly available; it's not like you have to do
anything naughty," he said.
Meanwhile, his efforts so far have also uncovered amendments made from
computers linked to the CIA, which were used to edit entries including the
biographies of the former US presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.
Individuals using computers registered to the Vatican have amended entries on
Roman Catholic saints and Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein.
A computer linked to the Church of Scientology’s network was used to
delete references to links between it and a group dubbed the “Cult
In the political arena, a computer based at Labour's Millbank offices was used
to edit out an unflattering reference to "careerist MPs" while a
computer linked to the Democrats' headquarters was used to brand listeners
of Rush Limbaugh, the conservative American radio host, "legally
Massaging Wikipedia entries has become a well-established phenomenon as the
reach of the world’s most popular online reference work has become apparent.
Last year the site was transformed into a political battleground in the US,
with politicians' aides accused of "vandalising" entries on
The site, launched in 2001, started an inquiry after staff for Marty Meehan, a
Democratic representative, admitted having "polished" his
The partisan editors were traced through their computers' unique IP addresses
— which were tracked back to Senate machines.
On several occasions Wikipedia had been used as a platform for negative
propaganda, the site admitted at the time.
According to a report on Wikipedia's own news service, staff in the offices of
Senator Joe Biden removed a paragraph concerning an alleged plagiarism
scandal, as well as changing the section regarding a possible 2008
presidential campaign "to read very positively".
However, in a signal of how tempting it can be for interested parties to amend
articles, Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia founder, himself ran into controversy
in 2005, when he admitted editing his own Wikipedia entry.
He said that such behaviour, though tempting, "was in bad taste".