Sometimes people are their own worst enemy. In June, we received a request to remove information relating to a crime committed for which the defendant was sentenced to five years in prison which was published on French Wikipedia. Yet, over a decade after the defendant was sentenced to prison, they published a book, in which they ostensibly refer to the crime (that they were trying to get removed from our projects) in its description and market it as a story in their own words. The Foundation resolved that in this situation, it was not appropriate to intervene and recommended that the requestor seek community mediation and/or to build wider community consensus in favor of the information’s suppression. There’s only so much we can do if the information that you want deleted about you is backed not only by third parties, but also by yourself.

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