Arshdeep Singh Wikipedia page tampered after Pakistan defeat; centre summons executives

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The young Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh had a forgettable outing against arch-nemesis Pakistan in the Super 4 clash in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. He has received major flak from the fans on social media after he dropped a crucial catch that eventually led to Pakistan clinching a win. It has been noted that fake information was published put on Arshdeep Singh’s Wikipedia page, linking him to the separatist Khalistani movement was published.

Wikipedia executives were summoned to look into Arshdeep Singh Wikipedia page

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The Ministry of Electronics & IT today summoned executives from Wikipedia to explain the matter as per the several reports. The Centre believes this disinformation could disturb communal harmony and also lead to a law and order situation for the cricketer’s family, according to media reports.

A high-level panel is likely to probe the executives of the crowdsourced digital encyclopaedia on precautionary checks and may even issue a show cause notice. According to the edit history of Mr Singh’s Wikipedia page, an unregistered user replaced the words “India” with “Khalistan” at several locations on the profile, but these changes were undone within 15 minutes by Wikipedia editors.

India pacer Arshdeep Singh dropped a relatively easy catch of Asif Ali in the 18th over, which led to a massive momentum shift in the keenly watched match. Arshdeep Singh was then chosen to bowl the final over, but was unable to defend seven runs. Pakistan went on to win the match by five wickets.

India batter and former team captain Virat Kohli backed the young bowler, saying anyone can make mistakes in a high-pressure game, and it is important to learn from them and move on.

Support also poured in from several former cricketers who condemned the vicious trolling of Mr Singh. Fans have also come out in support of the young Indian pacer.

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