Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Israel News Agency" = Fraudulent News Agency

From our friends at the JIDF:

Joel Leyden, and his fraudulent "Israel News Agency" were actually banned and removed from Wikipoedia.

Wikipedia admins were spot on with the case:
Joel Leyden is a known SEO spammer and states that on his website. He is using Wikipedia, and has admitted as such, to get traffic to his blog. He is not a noted journalist. I state this unequivocally as someone who has worked for 15 years in the Israeli media, and as anyone from the Hebrew Wikipedia will tell you. In fact, he is an unknown in Israel. Here is a classic example of someone abusing Wikipedia for personal gain. What is worse, his blog (and as an examination will show, it is nothing more) is one of the tools he is using to fight a custody battle with his ex-wife over his children. As a user, now banned, he attempted to use wikipedia to fight this same custody battle, as a perusal of the history of Raanana will show. In addition, he was banned for harassing another user, both online and in person. The votes to keep included sockpuppets and personal friends, who have fewer than ten edits each, i.e., make 3 edits and vote for Joel. I am not even going to discuss his personal attacks against me or the foundation on his blog. Given the confusion of information and misinformation there, I can only wonder what kind of nonsense he is posting in his article. Nevertheless, I will state this, summarizing a lengthy email which I sent to the Arb Com about two months ago: if the Hebrew Wikipedia, based in Israel, sees fit to include a version of the article about him or his blog, I will support its inclusion in English. If not, I will continue to regard it as simple SEO spam and unverifiable drivel by someone attempting to use wikipedia to attain fame and pursue his own, selfish agenda, using false information, sock puppets, and what have you. I sincerely hope that this is not the direction that Wikipedia is taking.
As you can see, we're not the only Jews and Israel supporters speaking out against this fraud.  And it should be noted that Joel Leyden's "Israel News Agency" is not an official Israel News Agency. Anyone can take a quick look at his piece of crap website to see that. It's an SEO spam platform that Leyden uses to promote himself and to attack others. Nothing more. Leyden recently threatened to continue to spread lies about us on his site, which is somehow indexed in Google News.

However, if you actually study the guidelines and requirements to be included and indexed Google News, you can see that Leyden's fraudulent "Israel News Agency" meets few, if any, of them, and that his site is in clear violation of many, if not most, of those guidelines.

Thus, we urge you to report his site, here.

There's simply no reason a self-promotional SEO site used also to harass and defame Jews and Israel supporters, and which barely publishes any content should be included in Google News. If you don't know what to write on the form, you can click here to see some suggestions. 

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