The website Wikipediaclassaction.org claims to be preparing a class action lawsuit against the free online encyclopedia after recent reports about inaccuracies on the website.
The latter was bound to happen to any online information source that is created and edited by volunteers. As a partial solution, Wikipedia has since locked out unregistered users, preventing them from creating new entries.
The Class Action Lawsuit website claims to be collecting complaints from people who have been harmed by Wikipedia. Except that the website is somewhat fishy and upon further investigation appears to be a Google ad trap: a website that seeks to capitalise on the current hype around Wikipedia by attracting visitors and showing them Google ads.
- The lawsuit page doesn't list a name of the law firm preparing the cast. The listed phone number is answered by a computer and then automatically disconnects. The listed PO Box is used by several other businesses, all of which are related to Baou.com, a seemingly obscure publishing company.
- The site likes to "news articles" about the Wikipedia problems. The link offers a search on "Baou.com", linking to news stories on again Baou.com. The class action lawsuit page itself is hosted on a name server called "DNS1.BAOU.COM". People writing for the news website double as "spokespeople" for some of the other Baou services.
- Both Baou.com and the class action web page use the same Google Adsense account.
So go ahead and check out the website. Just don't click on any of the advertisements there. Whatever Baou is trying to accomplish, it's deceitful.
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