Someone inserted a link into the Trump-Dossier Wikipedia page leading users to a link of the 'OK' hand gesture, a debunked alt-right symbol.

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Capitol Hill troll edits Trump–Russia dossier Wikipedia page with hilarious photo

There was debate as to whether the hand gesture was associated with the alt-right.


Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Published Nov 21, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:27 am CDT

Well, this is an odd Wikipedia edit.

According to the tracker @CongressEdits, someone at the House of Representatives edited the Donald TrumpRussia dossier Wikipedia page by adding a TinyURL link called “collusion proof” that linked to someone flashing an upside-down “OK” hand gesture, which is commonly known as the “circle game.”

The point of the circle game is to trick someone into looking at your hand in the pseudo-“OK” hand sign, positioned below the waist, at which point you have the right to punch that person, according to playground rules of engagement.

The “OK” hand sign has also been dubiously dubbed a sign of the so-called alt-right, a far-right collective that regularly champions nationalistic and white supremacist views.

CongressEdits has followed changes to Wikipedia articles from IP address within the ranges assigned to the U.S. Congress since 2014. While the changes don’t necessarily mean they were made from a member of Congress or one of their staffers, past edits have affected pages about fairly innocuous things like James Bond, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, and conspiracy theories.

Screengrab via Wikipedia

Last month, the tracker found that someone had edited Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Wikipedia page to say that he was “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.”

The changes came shortly after Mueller’s office, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, announced that several former members of Trump’s campaign were handed charges stemming from the probe.

The dossier, which contains allegations of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia—not to mention the so-called “pee tape“—has been called “fake news” by Trump, despite its author believing that 70 to 90 percent of it is true and that Mueller’s investigation will vindicate him.

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*First Published: Nov 21, 2017, 12:50 pm CST