The co-founder of Wikipedia, the “free” encyclopedia, warns that the popular platform currently shares ideology with Big Tech and claims that it is heavily influenced by a pro-communist bias and far from the neutrality it boasts of possessing.
Big Tech faces repeated and well-founded accusations of leftist bias and censorship, but there is one platform of global stature that has largely escaped this type of criticism: Wikipedia.
It makes sense because Wikipedia presents itself as a “free encyclopedia,” since users can upload content and edit existing content. Of course, there are limits, and the limits start where the editors’ ideology dictates.
The popular online encyclopedia is the 13th most visited website in the world and its good relationship with Google allows it a special placement in search results.
Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, in dialogue with Fox News, assures that a large part of the searches on the platform became essays in defense of leftist ideologies.
“The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone,” said co-founder Larry Sanger. “Wikipedia’s ideological and religious bias is real and troubling, particularly in a resource that continues to be treated by many as an unbiased reference work,” he added.
When visiting certain pages within the virtual encyclopedia related to the left it is very easy to perceive the progressive bias.
Specifically, searches for “socialism” and “communism” contain abundant information on their history, formation and theories, but no mention is made of the millions of people murdered by communist dictatorships both in recent history and today.
Nor is there any mention that socialist economic policies have failed to such an extent that millions of people died from starvation and poor health care.
Wikipedia’s socialism page abounds with positive statements such as, “The Soviet era saw some of the most important technological achievements of the 20th century.” But it treacherously dodges the disasters caused.
The Wikipedia page on socialism also mentions China’s communist history, but only begins its description in 1976, after Mao Zedong’s reign of terror had already killed tens of millions.
“After Mao Zedong’s death in 1976 … China’s economic performance pulled an estimated 150 million peasants out of poverty,” the encyclopedia says. Leaving aside the historic milestone of the Great Leap Forward carried out a few years earlier, in which private agriculture was abolished, causing a massive famine that killed tens of millions of people.
Lily Tang Williams, is a Chinese-American immigrant who was interviewed by Fox News and expressed outrage at how the issue of Mao’s cultural revolution is being addressed.
“Who writes this stuff? Trying to whitewash crimes against humanity? What about students, who now will not know the real history of what happened? Or even teachers who won’t know?” Williams asked.
The two main pages of socialism and capitalism also fail to note any of the atrocities committed today by other socialist and communist regimes, such as Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Cambodia, or North Korea, among others.
Wikipedia is one of the most consulted sources, especially by children and teenagers, and has become a real source of knowledge, or lack of it, for them. The political bias on a global platform such as Wikipedia could have terrible consequences for our future society if it continues to impose itself so firmly among young people around the world.