Wikipedia co-founder says site is now “propaganda” for a leftist “establishment”

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Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger warned the website could no longer be trusted – insisting it was now just “propaganda” for the left “establishment”.

Mr. Sanger told UnHerd Locked TV Wednesday that he launched “the encyclopedia of opinion” in 2001 solely on the basis that it would offer true neutrality and offer “multiple points of view” on “hot issues,” reports the NY Post.

Now, he insisted, Tory voices are “sternly warned if they are not kicked out” if they try to add a different take on establishment views – something Mr Sanger called of “propaganda”.

“You cannot quote Fox News on socio-political issues. It’s just banned now, ”he insisted on the apparent crackdown on respected conservative voices.

“This means that if a controversy does not appear in the main center-left media, then it will not appear on Wikipedia.”

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Now you can only rely on the site to “give a point of view on the establishment”, rather than the diversity of opinions it was created to give, he said.

“If only one side of the story is allowed, it is a strong incentive for the rich and powerful to take control of things like Wikipedia in order to strengthen their power,” he added.

“And they do that. There’s a really big, mean, and complex game going on behind the scenes to get the article to say what someone wants them to say.

Mr Sanger said there is “all kinds of stuff people can play to win it,” including using dedicated PR firms to influence entries.

The Wikipedia co-founder cited the entry by US President Joe Biden, noting that she “has very few concerns Republicans have had about him.”

“So if you want to have something that remotely resembles the Republican point of view on Biden, you’re not going to get it from the article,” he said.

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He noted that there was only a short paragraph on the “Ukrainian scandal” involving the president’s son, Hunter, despite the political outrage it sparked.

“There are very few of them on Wikipedia. And the little that can be found is extremely biased and reads like a defense attorney’s brief, ”he said.

And that’s not just politics, he said, noting that the site only reflects “facility spokespersons” like Dr Anthony Fauci as well as government health groups in its coverage. of Covid-19.

“There are a lot of Nobel laureates and distinguished doctors whose opinions are not only welcome on Wikipedia – they are literally censored on YouTube and sometimes Facebook and Twitter for contradicting the narrative,” Mr. Sanger.

“There is a global application from a certain point of view on issues like Covid”, he insisted, calling it “astonishing to me a libertarian, or a conservative loving freedom”.

Wikipedia did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

This article originally appeared on the NY Post and is reproduced here with permission


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