During a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Elon Musk once again expressed his dissatisfaction with Wikipedia, pointing out that historical narratives can be influenced by active contributors with opposing viewpoints.
What Happened: While discussing the geopolitical implications of artificial intelligence and its regulation, Musk took a swipe at Wikipedia.
Musk quipped, “History is written by the victors, but not if your enemies are still alive and have a lot of time on their hands to edit Wikipedia.” Netanyahu added humorously, “History is written by the people who can harness the most number of editors.”
Expanding on his point, Musk emphasized, “The losers, because they’ve got a lot of time on their hands. So, what do they do? Edit Wikipedia. Literally.”
This isn’t the first time Musk has targeted Wikipedia.
Earlier this year, he compared Twitter favorably to the online encyclopedia, stating that the microblogging site promotes free speech more effectively.
Musk’s criticism came amid content scrutiny controversies during Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections.
In response to a user, the tech billionaire said that Twitter, now rebranded as X, “pushed harder for speech” than any other internet company, including “Wokipedia,” deliberately misspelling Wikipedia and tagging co-founder Jimmy Wales.
In 2020, he encouraged his followers to edit his Wikipedia page, which led to heightened vigilance among Wikipedia moderators.
“History is written by the victors… except on Wikipedia, haha,” he said back then.
Elon Musk imagine courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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