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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

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49921173

Discussion

  1. “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?
  2. 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?

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