Co-Founder of Wikipedia Larry Sanger said in an interview this week that his website has become an unreliable pawn for the “rich and powerful” to “consolidate their power”.
“You can trust it to give a reliably established opinion on almost anything. Can you trust it to always give you the truth? Well, it depends on what you think the truth is,” Sanger said in an interview Wednesday with LockdownTV.
Organization Freddie Sayers noted an example of a controversial Wikipedia entry as John McAfee. The software’s founder is said to have committed suicide, although conspiracy theories about alternatives have emerged, partly due to the fact that he said in 2019 “If I killed myself, I wouldn’t kill myself.” . The facts surrounding those theories are mostly ignored on his Wikipedia page.
“What we have to realize… is that if we put a version of reality out there, we are first manipulating what people are supposed to believe,” Sanger replied. “Perhaps it doesn’t matter how John McAfee died. But… there are many important issues. we are talking about how we should think about all the issues that inform how, how we vote, how representatives, our initiatives will be received by the public, etc., So if only one version of the facts were allowed, that would give a huge incentive for the rich and powerful to take control of things like Wikipedia, to consolidate their power. “
Companies and people in sensitive positions have actively used paid Wikipedia editors in recent years to weed out negative information. An example rise in 2019 with the revelation that NBC’s Chuck Todd used a paid editor, Ed Sussman, to make changes to his page, including removing the reference to the 2016 dinner party Todd and his wife hosted Hillary Clinton’s communications director. Similarly, Axios used Sussman to promote its own site and remove bad information about one of its reporters, Jonathan Swan.
“Now, Wikipedia is known to have a lot of influence in the world…so there’s a huge, nasty, complicated game being played behind the scenes to make articles speak for themselves. that wants them to say,” added Sanger.
He cites references to the scandal involving Ukraine and the President Joe Biden’s Boy, Biden Hunter, as another example.
“The Biden article, if you look at it, there’s very little interest that Republicans have about him,” Sanger said. “If you wanted anything remotely resembling the Republican view of Biden, you wouldn’t take it from the article. … Very few of them can be found in Wikipedia. What little can be found is extremely biased and reads like a defense attorney’s summary, really. “
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