Stephen Colbert Causes Wikipedia Lockdown

Stephen Colbert Suggests Editing Mitt Romney VP Pages On Wikipedia, Site Institutes ‘Lockdown Policy’

Comments made by The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert has forced Wikipedia pages for Mitt Romney’s most likely vice president running mate choices to be locked down.

Wikipedia announced on Wednesday that new users to the site will not be able to edit the pages for fear of misinformation being added into the mix.

Pages protected under the locked now read:

“This article is protected due to vandalism.”

According to The Hill, among the protected Wikipedia pages are “those of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and even CIA Director David Petraeus…”

The pages can not be edited by unregistered users or anyone who has signed up for the information website in the last four days.

Mitt Romney is expected to choose his VP candidate in the very near future, and Wikipedia has been a hotbed of information as analysts pour over every single edit in order to find clues about the potential new running mate for the Romney camp.

The pages of the potential VP’s were locked down after Stephen Colbert made the following statement on Tuesday night:

“So, nation, let your voice be heard in this historic decision. Go on Wikipedia, and make as many edits as possible to your favorite VP contender.”

The suggestion apparently worked at first as Portman’s Wikipedia page had received 112 edits and Rubio had received 52.

Less likely VP candidates have not had their accounts locked down. We have a very strong feeling Sarah Palin is safe this time around.

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