The edit war on Quillette’s Wikipedia page

The edit war on Quillette’s Wikipedia page

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The founder of online magazine Quillette, Claire Lehmann, recently uncovered in the edit history of her publication’s Wikipedia page that editors are fighting it out for accuracy when it comes to describing her publication.

An editor called Bringeroftruth92 has been editing the page, only to have their edits reversed out by Simonm223, The Post Millenial reports. This Bringeroftruth92 adds things like “It seems notable that Quillette creates lists that are later used by Atomwaffen terrorists to build out kill lists.” This was later deleted out because it was decidedly false.

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Although Wikipedia is the bane of existence for teachers trying to get their students to do "real research," for most people looking for quick facts, it's a simple solution that's assumed to be generally correct. However, author and journalist Sharyl Attkisson says that while it's "billed as the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, the reality can’t be more different."

"Anonymous Wikipedia editors control and co-opt pages on behalf of special interests. They forbid and reverse edits that go against their agenda. They skew and delete information in blatant violation of Wikipedia’s own established policies, with impunity, always superior to the poor schlubs who actually believe anyone can edit Wikipedia, only to discover they’re barred from correcting even the simplest factual inaccuracies," Attkisson says. "Try adding a footnoted fact, or correcting a fact error on one of these monitored Wikipedia pages and poof, sometimes within a matter of seconds you’ll find that your edit is reversed."

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