The Wikipedia page of California Democratic Senator and American lawyer Kamala Harris has experienced an aggressive amount of edits over the past three weeks, leading to speculation that Joe Biden has chosen her as his running mate in the 2020 Election.
In 2016, The Atlantic published an article describing how Wikipedia edits of political figures were indicative of a candidate's potential running mate.
A myriad of edits was made to Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's page prior to Hillary Clinton's announcement that he would be her running mate. The article also mentioned a 2008 Washington Post report about Sarah Palin's Wikipedia page receiving more than 65 edits before John McCain's announcement.
Last month, a Reddit user wrote a Jupyter script — an open-source web application used for "data cleaning and transformation" — to determine which vice president contender had the most edits during a three-week span.
Number of edits:
- Kamala Harris - 408
- Stacey Abrams - 66
- Gretchen Whitmer - 57
- Elizabeth Warren - 22
- Amy Klobuchar - 4
According to The Intercept, at least one "highly dedicated" Wikipedia editor has been eliminating political liabilities from Harris's prosecutorial record in California.
The following are some of the items that have been scrubbed from Harris's Wikipedia page:
- Her decision not to prosecute Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin for mortgage fraud-related crimes.
- Her strong support of prosecutors in Orange County who engaged in rampant misconduct.
- Her previous assertion that "it is not progressive to be soft on crime."
- A section on an Ethics Commission finding Harris guilty of a campaign spending violation during her San Francisco district attorney race.