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Wikipedia: A Disinformation Operation?

Swiss Propaganda Research | March 2020

Wikipedia is generally thought of as an open, transparent, and mostly reliable online encyclopedia. Yet upon closer inspection, this turns out not to be the case.

In fact, the English Wikipedia with its 9 billion page views per month is governed by just 500 active administrators, whose real identity in many cases remains unknown.

Moreover, studies have shown that 80% of all Wikipedia content is written by just 1% of all Wikipedia editors, which again amounts to just a few hundred mostly unknown people.

Obviously, such a non-transparent and hierarchical structure is susceptible to corruption and manipulation, the notorious “paid editors” hired by corporations being just one example.

Indeed, already in 2007, researchers found that CIA and FBI employees were editing Wikipedia articles on controversial topics including the Iraq war and the Guantanamo military prison.

Also in 2007, researchers found that one of the most active and influential English Wikipedia administrators, called “Slim Virgin”, was in fact a former British intelligence informer.

More recently, another highly prolific Wikipedia editor going by the false name of “Philip Cross” turned out to be linked to UK intelligence as well as several mainstream media journalists.

In Germany, one of the most aggressive Wikipedia editors was exposed, after a two-year legal battle, as a political operative formerly serving in the Israeli army as a foreign volunteer.

Even in Switzerland, unidentified government employees were caught whitewashing Wikipedia entries about the Swiss secret service just prior to a public referendum about the agency.

Many of these Wikipedia personae are editing articles almost all day and every day, indicating that they are either highly dedicated individuals, or in fact, operated by a group of people.

In addition, articles edited by these personae cannot easily be revised, since the above-mentioned administrators can always revert changes or simply block disagreeing users altogether.

The primary goal of these covert campaigns appears to be pushing Western and Israeli government positions while destroying the reputation of independent journalists and politicians.

Articles most affected by this kind of manipulation include political, geopolitical and certain historical topics as well as biographies of non-conformist academics, journalists, and politicians.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, a friend of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and a “Young Leader” of the Davos forum, has repeatedly defended these operations.

Speaking of Davos, Wikimedia has itself amassed a fortune of more than $160 million, donated in large part not by lazy students, but by major US corporations and influential foundations.

Moreover, US social media and video platforms are increasingly referring to Wikipedia to frame or combat “controversial” topics. The revelations discussed above may perhaps help explain why.

To add at least some degree of transparency, German researchers have developed a free web browser tool called WikiWho that lets readers color code just who edited what in Wikipedia.

In many cases, the result looks as discomforting as one might expect.

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March 7, 2020 - Posted by | Deception, Mainstream Media, Warmongering

5 Comments »

  1. An excellent and essential expose. I’ve recently become (too) involved in a Q&A forum that is so pro-Zionist as to be odious [there must be a better word(s)]; I find more and more Ziotrolls supporting their unjustifiable views by citing Wikipedia references. I suspect that they or their Ziofellows are contributing to the infiltration and deterioration of Wikipedia as a go-to source — by slyly inserting misleading historical details, slanting information toward a Zio orientation, omission of alternative facts, etc. I try whenever possible to counter with real news/facts, and my reward — by a moderator(s) who is surely Zio her/himself — is reporting of me for alleged “abuse,” challenge, opprobrium, suspension, censure, blocking, deleting, censorship….

    WikiWho: Woohoo! Kudos! Keep up the good work!

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    Comment by roberthstiver | March 7, 2020 | Reply

  2. I gave up on Wikipedia several years ago…..Credibility “very suspect”…..

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 7, 2020 | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch.

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    Comment by Pam Vernon | March 7, 2020 | Reply

  4. I ask that all Alethonews readers take time to carefully review alternate viewpoints on climate modeling. Here are just a few; you may wish to Google Dr. John R. Christy, Professor at the University of Alabama Huntsville, Ben Davidson at the Mobile Observatory Project (note the zero not the letter “o”), some of his works can be viewed at ObservatoryProject, suspicious0bservers and SpaceWeatherNews.com. Seek out youtube presentations by Dr. Ian Rutherford Plimer, he’s a geologist, professor of earth sciences mining geology at several universities in Australia. Another excellent reference can be found at the IPCC’s clmate predictions web page. Enjoy!

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    Comment by elmerfudzie | March 8, 2020 | Reply

  5. Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    The English Wikipedia with its 9 billion page views per month is governed by just 500 active administrators, whose real identity in many cases remains unknown. Moreover, studies have shown that 80% of all Wikipedia content is written by just 1% of all Wikipedia editors, which again amounts to just a few hundred mostly unknown people. Obviously, such a non-transparent and hierarchical structure is susceptible to corruption and manipulation, the notorious “paid editors” hired by corporations being just one example. Indeed, already in 2007, researchers found that CIA and FBI employees were editing Wikipedia articles on controversial topics including the Iraq war and the Guantanamo military prison. Also in 2007, researchers found that one of the most active and influential English Wikipedia administrators, called “Slim Virgin”, was in fact a former British intelligence informer. More recently, another highly prolific Wikipedia editor going by the false name of “Philip Cross” turned out to be linked to UK intelligence as well as several mainstream media journalists.

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    Comment by stuartbramhall | March 8, 2020 | Reply


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