Ask Google or Siri: “What is Taiwan?”
“A state”, they will answer, “in East Asia”.
But earlier in September, it would have been a “province in the People’s Republic of China”.
For questions of fact, many search engines, digital assistants and phones all point to one place: Wikipedia. And Wikipedia had suddenly changed.
The edit was reversed, but soon made again. And again. It became an editorial tug of war that – as far as the encyclopedia was concerned – caused the state of Taiwan to constantly blink in and out of existence over the course of a single day.
Source: BBC Technology News
Date: October 1st, 2019
- “For questions of fact, many search engines, digital assistants and phones all point to one place: Wikipedia .” Wikipedia can be updated and edited by anyone. What impact does this have on how truthful something is?
- What other digital services might be able to be influenced to reflect the interests, politics, or other matters of a particular individual, state, or country?