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Elon Musk criticises Wikipedia after it bans edits of ‘recession’ page

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Elon Musk lashed out at Wikipedia for “losing its objectivity” after the platform bans edits of its “recession” page.

The Tesla CEO accused the online encyclopedia company of covering for the Biden administration. He tagged Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, in a tweet on Friday.

Musk is the world’s richest person and has a current net worth of $254 billion, according to Forbes.

Wikipedia bans edits of recession page

Wikipedia blocked all edits on the “recession page” due to a surge of traffic to the site. Users engaged in a desperate fight over the definition of the term, currently being debated by the Biden administration after the latest economic data revealed a decline in the GDP.

A user of Wikipedia, known as “Soibangla”, made changes to the web page to delete reference to the standard definition of “recession”. The user added a line to the text: “There is no global consensus on the definition of a recession.”

On Friday morning, a lock icon appeared on the upper right section of the page. This indicated that the page was in “semi-protection” and “unregistered users…as well as accounts are not confirmed or autoconfirmed” would not have access to edit the text.

“Wikipedia changed the definition of recession to favor the Biden regime, and then locked the page,” political commentator and alt-right social media personality Mike Cernovicht tweeted.

“Can’t make Biden look bad before the midterm elections!” posted another user.

Wikipedia’s decision comes after online users flocked to the website to change the definition. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that US’s GDP fell by 0.9%.

Biden admin says US is not in recession

However, the Biden administration asserted that the US economy is not in a recession. The president along with his aides have ignorantly denied to use the word in media briefings.

“This is not an economy that’s in recession,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told NBC on Sunday.

“But we’re in a period of transition in which growth is slowing and that’s necessary and appropriate and we need to be growing at a steady and sustainable pace.”

The final confirmation of the country’s economic state is generally made by the National Bureau of Economic Research. It is a private, nonprofit research organization based in Cambridge, Mass.

The NBER identifies as an apolitical group “committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research.”

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Brendan Taylor

Brendan Taylor was a TV news producer for 5 and a half years. He is an experienced writer. Brendan covers Breaking News at Insider Paper.




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