Wikipedia Perpetuates Political Bias

Wikipedia Perpetuates Political Bias

I know most posts on this site are about bias on Wikipedia, but I recently found an article discussing the impact of Wikipedia bias outside of the site.

A new study shows that collective intelligence generally produces biased information, except in a narrow range of circumstances. Northwestern’s Shane Greenstein and the University of Southern California’s Feng Zhu analyzed a decade’s worth of Wikipedia articles on U.S. politics and found that only a handful of them were politically neutral.

I applaud the authors of the study for finding the issue and the Washington Post for acknowledging this systematic issue. Problems often leak far beyond contentious conflicts and into articles about things as mundane as hummus.

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