Comedian Stephen Colbert told his fans to go to town on Republican Wikipedia pages, and Wikipedia has responded by locking the pages, BBC News reported.
Colbert was ridiculing a Fox News report speculating on who Mitt Romney's VP pick will be. The Fox News clip, played on Colbert's show this week, notes a last-minute jump in edits to Sarah Palin's page four years ago before she was picked as McCain's VP candidate, techPresident reported. Colbert responded to the clip with a challenge to his viewers:"We could be looking at Vice President Season Six of Buffy-the-Vampire Slayer. So, Nation, let your voice be heard in this history decision. Go on Wikipedia, and make as many edits as possible to your favorite VP contender."
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Mitt Romney's Wikipedia page is now decorated with a silver padlock to show that no new edits can be made. His potential VP picks have also had their pages locked. Matthew Roth, a spokesperson for the Wikimedia Foundation, told ABC News that the wiki page of Tim Pawlenty, for example, was put on a "semi-protected" level after the Colbert segment aired, and then was bumped to fully protected after vandalism was detected.