Wikipedia combats misuse of websites
Wikipedia combats misuse of websites

The foundation, which runs Wikipedia, is preparing to release its first global code of conduct on Tuesday to respond to criticism for its failure to address harassment and a lack of diversity.

"We have to be more inclusive. We lack a lot of voices. We are missing women. We miss marginalized groups," said María Sefidari, chairman of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

Due to abuse, violent language, and other forms of problematic content, online platforms are under heavy censorship, which has resulted in the content rules being updated and tightened.

Unlike Facebook and Twitter, the online encyclopedia has been around for 20 years and relies heavily on unpaid volunteers to solve user behavior problems.

Wikimedia said: After the board decided last May to set new binding standards, more than 1,500 Wikipedia volunteers from five continents and 30 languages ​​participated in crafting the news rules.

"The whole community is changing and it will take some time before the consultations get the support they need to help people understand why this is a priority," said Catherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The new Code of Conduct bans harassment on and off the site and prohibits the following types of behavior: hate speech, insults based on personal characteristics, stereotypes or attacks, threats of physical violence, and stalking or stalking. Others work and various articles criticizing them.

It is also prohibited to publish inaccurate or intentionally biased information about the content, as Wikipedia is a relatively reliable site compared to the main social platforms that try to limit misinformation.

Some users fear that the site will become more central and unfounded due to the new rules, said the general manager of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Wikipedia has 230,000 volunteer editors and more than 3,500 government officials who can take actions such as: b- Blocking accounts or restricting editing of certain pages.

Sometimes, a complaint is decided by an elected Community User Committee, and Wikimedia says: The next stage of the project is enforcement of the rules.

The CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation stated that there would be no point in having a code of conduct without enforcement, and that there would be training for interested user groups and working groups.

Wikimedia does not have immediate plans to strengthen the small Trust and Security team, which consists of about 12 people and currently deals with urgent issues such as death threats or information sharing.

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