As Election Day became Election Week in the United States, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were trying to stem the tide of misleading posts. President Donald Trump has claimed that the election was rigged. He and his supporters have posted misleading posts on various Big Tech platforms. But it seems that Wikipedia managed not to take part in the events.
The US Presidential Election page on Wikipedia for 2020 was locked. The page remained locked until the official ones were published Results. The success was the result of a special misinformation group set up by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia.
Although all major technology platforms were feverishly preparing for the election, the lack of scandal on Wikipedia during the elections at USA underline what the website stands for: a functional open internet. In contrast, Big Tech platforms have become disinformation environments.
"Wikipedia is one of the greatest collective endeavors in human history," said Ryan Merkley, chief of staff at the Wikimedia Foundation. We have hundreds of thousands of volunteers who are processed and update these pages.
Today is Wikipedia's 20th birthday. The site's birthday is a reminder of its resilience in a particularly chaotic period for both Internet as well as for the real world.
In the days following the attack, social media platforms made some important decisions, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube blocked Donald Trump's accounts. Facebook has removed posts that use the phrase "stop the steal" and Twitter has deleted more than 70.000 of its supporter accounts. QAnon, who believe that the government is run by a group of Satan.
Of course, this does not mean that Wikipedia is perfect. Its pages are prone to vandalism and the site is a frequent target of pranks. But Wikipedia failures do not endanger democracy. The online encyclopedia community is "better prepared to prevent misinformation," the Columbia Journalism Review said Thursday.
Wikipedia avoids some of the pitfalls of Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, because it is not supported by advertisements, said Merkley. This means that the site does not have targeted algorithms aimed at enhancing engagement. "Our motivation is for people to find them information they ask easily and quickly ", he said.
Thus, while the major social platforms faced problems after the election, Wikipedia "was able to keep its composure". The US Presidential Election page for 2020 was one of the most popular pages of the year.
Source of information: cnet.com