Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger warns that the online encyclopedia is not like it used to be, when it aspired to neutrality. Now it easily shows up in Google searches of everything, so it can’t be ignored by powerful people.
In an interview with Lockdown TV, Sanger said, “Wikipedia is now known to everyone to have a lot of influence in the world… so there is a really big, nasty and complex game going on behind the scenes to make people say to the articles what they say. someone wants them to say.
He said that although Wikipedia tried to be neutral in its early years, it has now been used as a propaganda tool for the left establishment, including the president. “The Biden article, if you look at it, has very few concerns that Republicans have had about it. So if you want to have something that remotely resembles the Republican take on Biden, you’re not going to get it from the article. “
Sanger said Wikipedia is just another method to spread the liberal media point of view and downplay the conservative media.
They are simply, by their policies, not totally limited to secondary sources, they point out. They do not focus on the main sources of information. They do not consult the statistical tables and do not draw their own conclusions. They want to quote articles from journalists who have consulted these statistical tables. And not all journalism. The Daily Mail is out. You can’t quote the Daily Mail at all. You also cannot quote Fox News on socio-political issues. It’s forbidden. So what does this mean? This means that if a controversy does not appear in the center-left mainstream media, then it will not appear on Wikipedia.
Conservative journalists do not need to apply to give their opinion on Wikipedia.
An example cited by Sanger regarding Wikipedia’s extreme bias is their coverage of Covid-19:
If you look at the Wikipedia articles, you can just see how they just express the point of view of the World Economic Council or the World Economic Forum, and the World Health Organization, CDC and various other spokespersons for the world. ‘establishments like Fauci – they take their clues from them …There is a global application from a certain point of view, which is amazing to me, amazing to a libertarian, or a freedom loving curator.
As if to bolster Sanger’s arguments on Wikipedia’s bias, C / Net noted on June 27 that “Wikipedia is at war with the coronavirus lab leak theory. “
In recent weeks, increasing media coverage of figures like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post saw the hypothesis of a lab leak debated endlessly on social media, radio and prime-time television. It has become essential.
Unless you visit Wikipedia’s page on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The words “lab leak” are not mentioned anywhere. To find them, you have to know where to look: the “Talk” page. The talk page is like a collaborative Google Doc, a place where the legion of volunteer editors can ask questions and brainstorm new ideas on how articles could be improved. Even seasoned Wikipedia users might not notice the little tab at the top left of each post that takes you behind the curtain.
Finally, Sanger cautions about the dangers posed by social media in general:
We trusted media like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube with our data, and basically let them take over the media world. What we trusted them with was our freedom and our privacy, that basically they weren’t going to shut us down. But they stabbed us in the back, basically.