Wikipedia takes a stand against abuse and harassment

The WikiMedia Foundation, the nonprofit that enables Wikipedia to operate, has passed a new code of conduct that allows it to be “much broader”. This was stated by Maria Sefidari, President of the Wikimedia Foundation. “We’re losing a lot of votes, we’re losing the voice of women, of marginalized groups,” he admitted.

Wikipedia has more than 230,000 volunteers who prepare the content

With social networks being scrutinized for abusive behavior, violent rhetoric and offensive content, major online platforms have recognized the need to enforce the rules of acceptable online behavior. This is done by staff hired for this purpose by the companies themselves, such as B. Facebook or Twitter. However, at Wikipedia they have to fall back on it Volunteers to take care of this task.

Currently, around 230,000 volunteers are preparing the content, more than 3,500 supervisors are responsible for locking accounts and restricting changes to some content, and many others are responsible for other tasks such as redesigning or positioning. When there are complaints about the content and its major changes, sometimes it’s user groups chosen by the Wikipedia editing community itself that value them.

In particular, the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent company of Wikipedia, has more than 1,500 volunteers around the world who are responsible for moderating content in around thirty languages. You are responsible for defining the rules for moderating content. This was noted after a meeting last May that resulted in new standards.

It has taken some time to provide the necessary support to prioritize this initiative and receive the necessary support for its implementation. The new code of conduct allows for exclusion from the platform that allows editing of content on Wikipedia for those who arise Bullying behavior, Comments that encourage hatred, and the use of stereotypes and attacks based on personal characteristics for offensive purposes. Of course, it also includes threats of physical violence or repeated persecution of certain authors in all articles of his authorship with the sole purpose of criticizing his publications.

The deliberate posting of false information, or those containing biased or biased claims, will also be removed from Wikipedia. This is an example of your interest in protecting this online encyclopedia from misinformation as much as possible.

The next step would be to have less a code of conduct than rules about the consequences of a breach. Wikimedia now has a group of a dozen of its employees who take urgent action in particularly serious cases such as death threats or the distribution of private information.

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