Elon Musk criticized Wikipedia on Friday for its “loss of objectivity” after the online encyclopedia banned users from editing its “slack” page. This sparked accusations that it was interfering with the Biden administration.
Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the world’s richest person with an estimated net worth of $263 billion, tagged Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales in a tweet Friday.
“Wikipedia is losing its objectivity,” Musk tweeted.
Wikipedia has banned users from reviewing its “slack” page after visitors to the site became involved in a frantic editorial war over the definition of the term, something the Biden administration objects to after the latest economic data showing a decline in GDP.
A Wikipedia user known as “Soibangla” has edited the “slack” page to remove reference to the standard definition of the term.
The user added a line that read: “There is no universal consensus on the definition of stagnation.”
As of Friday morning, the page included a lock icon in the upper right corner to indicate that it was placed in a “semi-protected” mode where “unregistered users … as well as accounts [that] Not confirmed or auto-confirmed” You will not be able to make changes to the text.
“Wikipedia changed the definition of recession in favor of the Biden regime, then closed the page,” tweeted Mike Cernovich, the right-leaning social media personality.
“Can’t make Biden look bad before the midterms!” Another Twitter user tweeted.
The change comes after dozens of people flocked to the page to make edits to the entry. Most likely it was the motive behind them on Thursday The Commerce Department report indicated that the country’s GDP fell 0.9%.
This is the second consecutive quarter in which the national economy has contracted – and which meets The traditional definition of stagnation.
But the Biden administration has insisted that the economy is not in a recession. The president and his aides vehemently refused to use the word in briefings to reporters.
“This is not an economy in recession,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
“But we are in a transitional period in which growth is slowing and this is necessary and appropriate and we must grow at a steady and sustainable pace.”
Whether the United States is technically in a recession is a decision that is usually made by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, non-profit research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The NBER considers itself as a non-political group “committed to conducting and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policy makers, business professionals, and the academic community.”
The Post requested comment from Wikipedia.
“Semi-protection is useful when there is a significant amount of disruption or vandalism from new or unregistered users, or to prevent sock puppets of banned or banned users from editing, especially when it occurs in bios of surviving people who have recently had a high level of interest media”, according to the Wikipedia page.