After Fox News broke a story in April about Wikimedia hosting pornographic images on its servers, company co-founder and president Jimmy Wales started single-handedly purging the Wikimedia databases of all things deemed pornographic. These actions have been extremely controversial, especially within the Wikimedia editors' circle, and Fox news now reports that Wales has given up his role as top-level content administrator, letting the community completely control the site. A source tells Fox News that nobody is in charge now. "It's chaos," says the source.
The stepping down came in response to a rebellion of sorts from the editors who vehemently disagreed with Wales handling of the pornography. After Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, reported to the FBI the existence of illegal pornography on Wikimedia Commons, Fox News started digging for information. Fox News had contacted big companies who donate money to the Wikimedia Foundation for comment, and they began contacting Wikimedia for an explanation. After the calls started coming in, Wales began his conquest against the pornography, deleting a lot himself, and delegating the task to various administrators and editors. Although Wikimedia denies breaking any laws, and emphasizing the continual moderation of pages by its many editors, Sanger defended his actions by saying that he saw the images himself, and that he knew that according to the law, he would be indicted as co-founder if charges were filed.
According to many, Wikimedia is a standard for open content creation and organization, and allowing one person to have total control over its future, message, morals, and content completely obviates the purpose of the platform. The other side of the argument is that Wikimedia is meant to be accessible to students, families, and other content-wary users who are encouraged to use the platform as a research tool; some feel that allowing obscene content into the database will restrict some very large demographics from using the site. This is the reason Sanger cites for writing the FBI letter in the first place, Wales defended his actions in an email: