Larry Sanger, Wikipedia's co-founder, has alleged that the popular online encyclopedia's parent company, Wikimedia Commons, is guilty of distributing child pornography, knowingly, in their products.
Sanger, who left Wikipedia in 2002, said the Wiki products, including Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews and Wikiquote, is rife with renderings of children performing sexual acts.
He said he has sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) outlining his concerns and identifying two specific categories, which he believes violate federal obscenity laws.
The first category, entitled "Pedophilia", created three years ago, contains 25 to 30 explicit and detailed drawings of children performing sexual acts, while the second, "Lilicon," provides cartoons similar in detail and depiction.
"I was not shocked that it was online, but I was shocked that it was on a Wikimedia Foundation site that purports to be a reference site," Fox News quoted Sanger, as saying.
"I think a lot of teachers and education technologists responsible for the filters at public schools don't realize how much and what level of pornography there is in the system. I'm quite sure that if they knew there were pages devoted to pedophilia, it might make them think twice about giving students unrestricted access in schools."
"I'm going to sound really old fashioned, but I felt that it was my duty. I really did. Wikimedia has quite a bit of pornography on it and they had no idea," he added.