Wiki-PR is a consulting firm That Marketed formerly the Ability to edit Wikipedia by “… Directly edit [ing] your page using our network of Established Wikipedia editors and admin [s].”  It was then banned, including all its employees, contractors, and owners, by the Wikipedia community for unethical editing. Despite the ban, the firm still markets (as of January 2017 ) its ability to advise clients on how to interact with the Wikipedia community. 
Wiki-PR was created in 2010 by Darius Fisher, its current chief operating officer , and Jordan French, its current chief executive officer .  Confirmed clients include Viacom , among many others, Priceline and Emad Rahim .  The firm Claimed to-have Wikipedia administrator access  Enabling it to manage the Wikipedia presence of more than 12,000 customers.  Wiki-PR has been reported to use “aggressive email marketing” to acquire new customers. 
Investigation and company reaction
|Public Relations and suspicious pages on Wikipedia , CBC Radio , interview with Simon Owens, October 24, 2013|
An investigation of sockpuppet accounts on Wikipedia, beginning in 2012, implicated hundreds of accounts. Wiki-PR Wiki-PR spoke anonymously to The Daily Dot journalist Simon Owens, and two others, Priceline.com and Emad Rahim, spoke to Vice- Journalist Martin Robbins.   In addition to Violating rules contre sockpuppeting, Wiki-PR violated Wikipedia rules by Citing Articles That Were planted on Business glad farms and various other websites That accept contributions from Any Internet user as sources for Wikipedia entries, Creating a false Impression of credibility .  The same websites were used repeatedly, And their presence in various Wikipedia articles on the company had worked on. 
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In 2014 the New York Times described Wiki-PR’s methods as:
(Wiki-PR) uses a lot of people, with different identities, to edit pages for paying customers and to manage those pages. The paid sock puppets are ready to pounce on the client’s vision. 
In The Wall Street Journal , “Wiki-PR is a research and writing firm, counseling clients on how to adhere to Wikipedia’s rules.” Wikipedia, the complementing of the work of unpaid volunteers. French acknowledged that Wiki-PR had sometimes made “bad calls” on notability of articles. He also stated “We do pay hundreds of other editors for their work-they’re real people and not sockpuppets.”  Instead, as reported by the International Business Times , Wiki-PR had been involved in “meatpuppetry” -a practice in which editors illegitimately encourages other individuals to edit in support of their position-in addition to planting articles in order to try and gerrymander better potential notability for its clients. 
Wikipedia’s and Wikimedia’s reaction
As of October 25, 2013 , Wiki-PR, including all of its employees, contractors, and owners, were banned from Wikipedia. Sue Gardner , former executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation , stated that the Foundation was “exploring our options”.  On November 19, 2013, Wikimedia’s law firm, Cooley LLP , emailed a cease-and-desist letter to Wiki-PR. [A]   French told The Guardian that Wiki-PR “is working with the Wikimedia Foundation and its counsel to sort this out,” and hoped to have further information in a week’s time.  The Wikimedia Foundation acknowledged communicating with Wiki-PR, But the Foundation rejected any implication that they were negotiating with Wiki-PR, saying that if Wiki-PR wanted to negotiate, Wiki-PR should turn to Wikipedia’s community. 
- Status Labs
- Jump up^ The cease-and-desist letter, titled “C & D letter to WikiPR from Cooley,” ishere.
- Jump up^ “Wiki-PR: Wikipedia Writers For Hire” . Wiki-PR.com . Retrieved 2013-10-22 .
- Jump up^ “Wikipedia probe into paid-for ‘sockpuppet’ entries” . BBC News . 2013-10-21 . Retrieved 2013-10-22 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d e “Leadership” . Wiki-PR website . Archived from the original on 2013-10-21 . Retrieved 2014-01-26 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c Robbins, Martin (2013-10-20). “Is Wikipedia for Sale?” . Motherboard.vice.com . Retrieved 2013-10-20 .
Wikipedia editors and admins Wikipedia editors and admins
- Jump up^ “Wiki-PR: The Wikipedia Consultants” . Wiki-PR.com . Retrieved 2013-12-27 .
Wikipedia community: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Jump up^ “Wikipedia editors, locked in battle with PR firm, delete 250 accounts” . Ars Technica .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c Elder, Jeff (2014-06-16). “Wikipedia Strengthens Rules Against Undisclosed Editing” . Wall Street Journal . Retrieved 2015-12-04 .
- Jump up^ “Wiki-PR homepage” . Wiki-PR . Retrieved 2013-10-19 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b Owens, Simon (2013-10-08). “The battle to destroy Wikipedia’s biggest sockpuppet army” . The Daily Dot . Retrieved 2013-10-20 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c Robbins, Martin (2013-10-19). “Is the PR Industry Buying Influence Over Wikipedia?” . VICE . Retrieved 2013-10-19 .
- Jump up^ Stampler, Laura (2013-10-21). “Wikipedia Bans 250 Users for Posting Paid, Promotional Entries” . TIME . Retrieved 2013-11-19 .
- Jump up^ Newman, Judith (2014-01-08). “Wikipedia-Mania Wikipedia, What Does Judith Newman Have to Do to Get a Page?” . New York Times . Retrieved 2014-01-11 .
- Jump up^ Fowler, Geoffrey (2013-10-21). “Wikipedia Probes Suspicious Promotional Articles” . The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved 2013-11-17 .
- Jump up^ Thomas Halleck (November 8, 2013). “Wikipedia And Paid Edits: Companies Pay Top Dollar To Firms Willing To ‘Fix’ Their Entries” .
- Jump up^ Burrell, Ian (2013-10-21). “Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 ‘sock puppets’ for biased editing of our pages . The Independent . Retrieved 2013-11-19 .
- Jump up^ Fowler, Geoffrey (2013-11-19). “Wikimedia Steps Up” Sockpuppet “Fight” . The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved 2013-11-19 .
- Jump up^ Halleck, Thomas (2013-11-22). “Wikipedia Sends Paid Editors Cease-And-Desist: Sockpuppet Account Morning277, Not Wiki-PR” . International Business Times . Retrieved 2014-01-27 .
- Jump up^ Arthur, Charles (2013-11-21). “Wikipedia sends cease-and-desist letter to PR firm offering paid edits to site” . The Guardian . Retrieved 2013-11-22 .
- Jump up^ Burrell, Ian (2013-11-20). “Wikipedia names Texas PR firm over false manipulation of site entries” . The Independent . Retrieved 2014-02-08 .
- Jump up^ “Group Of Major PR Firms Pledge To Play Nice On Wikipedia”. Tech Dirt . 2013-06-14 . Retrieved 2014-08-16 .