Sunday, August 10, 2014

United Kingdom: "Wikipedia" Trusted Slightly More Than BBC, Lots More Than Mainstream

According to AFP, Britons trust, more than the mainstream media, the information site's founder Jimmy Wales said Sunday (August 10), at the close of a three-day conference of the Wikimedia movement in London.

A http://www.yougov poll of almost 2,000 British adults found that 64% trust the authors of Wikipedia entries to tell the truth "a great deal" or "a fair amount of the time."

This compared to 61% who trusted BBC news journalists, 45% who trusted journalists on broadsheet newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian, and 13% for journalists on tabloids such as The Sun.

"British people trust Wikipedia more than the news," Wales told the conference, to cheers from the audience.

COMMENT: I should note that in my daily blog, STAYING SAFE ABROAD, I very often cite wikipedia as an authoritative source which I use to corroborate and verify other sources that are not nearly as reliable.

"The things that's really impressive here is that BBC has an excellent reputation... and we're trusted slightly more than the BBC. That's a little scary. But it's something we have accomplished," he said.

Wales acknowledged that the online encyclopedia which predominantly relies on the public for its contributions and corrections, was "flawed," but said that people "turn to us for reliable, solid information.... We do a decent job of it."

The http://www.yougov survey revealed; however, that the traditional Encyclopaedia Britannica is viewed as the most reliable source of information by far, trusted by 83% of respondents.

"I'm not going to rest until they trust us more than they ever trusted Encyclopaedia Britannica in the past," Jimmy Wales emphasized.

After three days of discussions, the "Wikimania" annual event closed with a moment of silence for contributors who had died in the past year.

This included Ihor Kostenko, a 22-year-old Ukrainian geography student who was shot and killed in pro-European protests in Kiev in February 2014. Wales named him "Wikipedian of the year."