A founder of the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, which was once slammed as laughably inaccurate but now being used in many quarters as a legitimate source, is slamming the site for liberal bias and says its days of “neutrality are long gone.”
In a new interview with FOX News, Larry Sanger, 52, called bias on the site he co-founded in January 2001 with Jimmy Wales “disheartening.”
According to his own Wikipedia page, Sanger has long “been critical of the project,” which he described in 2007 as being “broken beyond repair.”
“The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone,” he said, adding that the site’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.”
Wikipedia pages dedicated to defining socialism and communism are little more than “left-wing advocacy essays,” according to FOX News.
“The two main pages for ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ span a massive 28,000 words, and yet they contain no discussion of the genocides committed by socialist and communist regimes, in which tens of millions of people were murdered and starved,” the Fox News analysis states.
Sanger reported he is now working on a new “Encyclosphere” project but said he doesn’t think Wikipedia could be “salvaged.” He sent a letter to the FBI in April 2010 claiming that Wikimedia Commons was hosting child porn, according to a BBC article.
“I think Wikipedia never solved the problem of how to organize itself in a way that didn’t lead to mob rule,” Sanger said in an interview with Vice in November 2015. “People that I would say are trolls sort of took over. The inmates started running the asylum.”
In the Vice interview, Sanger likened the alleged trolls that took over the platform to modern-day social justice warriors.
The Wikimedia Foundation responded to FOX News with a statement noting that: “Wikipedia is a living, breathing project, and is always evolving just as our shared understanding of a topic does.”