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Don't Ask Wikipedia to Cure the Internet

By WIRED

YouTube and other tech giants have repeatedly turned to Wikipedia to help solve some of their biggest problems—often without giving backRead full story

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  • "The diversity and representation of our editor community has been an area of critical focus for our movement over the past several years. To truly be a free knowledge resource for all, Wikipedia has to reflect the lived experience of the world—and this extends beyond gender, to language, geography, and more," I completely agree with this part talking about the representation of knowledge.

  • Ernie Sander
    Ernie SanderDirector of Platform Community at Quartz

    Like most people on the Internet, I'm a heavy user of Wikipedia. But I don't treat what I find there as the final word on things—and YouTube shouldn't either. As ingenious a creation as it is, Wikipedia is also famously easy to manipulate. It's not at all hard to see YouTubers working both sides of this equation: popping up sketchy videos and then jumping into Wikipedia to make those entries square with whatever is in the videos.

    Not saying it's easy to come up with the ultimate truth meter for

    Like most people on the Internet, I'm a heavy user of Wikipedia. But I don't treat what I find there as the final word on things—and YouTube shouldn't either. As ingenious a creation as it is, Wikipedia is also famously easy to manipulate. It's not at all hard to see YouTubers working both sides of this equation: popping up sketchy videos and then jumping into Wikipedia to make those entries square with whatever is in the videos.

    Not saying it's easy to come up with the ultimate truth meter for the Internet, but hard to see how this is going to impede fakeness or extremism on YouTube.

  • There is not, and never will be, a single source of truth. Even science, our most objective method of determining truth, is still finding its own errors despite peer review and statistical tests. So why not Wikipedia? While it is possible to temporarily vandalize it, most errors are fixed by the community relatively quickly. “Cure the internet” implies it is sick but, like most things tech, it is the humans that struggle. Why not turn to our most human source of knowledge for support?

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