Wikipedia under the microscope

By Derek Sooman on
Wikipedia is coming under the spotlight over the accuracy of its entries. Now one of the world’s greatest online co-operating ventures, questions of accuracy have plagued the online encyclopaedia. There are concerns with the ease with which Wikipedia's entries can be manipulated (I myself was initially somewhat shocked to discover that I could edit pages and make all sorts of changes pretty much by clicking a button!), and recently US politicians were caught altering their profiles to make them more flattering.

Alarm bells rang last month when newspapers in Massachusetts discovered that the staff of Congressman Marty Meehan had polished his biography by, for instance, deleting his long-abandoned promise to serve only four terms and praising his "fiscally responsible" voting record.

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