I am not a frequent user of Wikipedia. I would sporadically search for topics related to history, geography, films and music. Rarely about religion and even more rarely about politics.
When the request for donations started popping up recently, I tried to understand the platform a bit more. I had been under the impression that Wikipedia is a free platform that crowdsources information. If some information is incorrect, somebody who has the correct information could post it.
Didn’t realise how wrong I was !
What happened recently?
I am a regular user of Twitter. Wikipedia asking for donations came up there and I read long, well researched threads on how the platform is selective. It became painfully obvious when I read through the “2020 Delhi Riots” page that Wikipedia was being selective. Targeting a few and ignoring others.
Wikipedia today is controlled by forces with a clear agenda. Their narrative is anti-BJP, anti-Modi anti-India and anti-Hindu. Information is manipulated to further this agenda. Read the first two lines about the Delhi Riots – it says these riots were anti-Muslim riots when clearly, Tahir Hussain has confessed to having planned and executed these riots!!
Wikipedia is clearly not neutral and that is dangerous. As long as anyone can present their views, and the platform remains neutral, its a great thing, but that’s not the case.
Some people like Nupur Sharma (OpIndia) reached out to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. While he appeared to be helpful, he did nothing to change the narrative.
Read about her efforts on this thread – Nupur on trusting Jimmy Wales and losing out.
Should you donate to Wikipedia ?
For the past few weeks, Wikipedia has been strongly campaigning for donations. The request is for very small amounts. Earlier I would have gladly donated as I don’t want anything free. But now that I know that they are biased against my country, I won’t give them a single penny.
Do read the following article on Quora and a Twitter thread to understand Wikipedia. Whether you wish to donate or not, is your choice, but make that decision armed with more information !
Twitter thread by Soumyadipta on how editors and PR agencies make money through this platform.