There was a time, not so very long ago when Wikipedia.org was structured into the world’s largest encyclopedia. Of course, the internet (then called the World Wide Web) was new to most users, and as an “unknown” source Wikipedia was considered to be “unreliable”. This comment was used by teachers and professors in schools as a warning not to use this encyclopedia as a source of fact for the content of any paper or written article.
The reasoning for Wikipedia’s unreliability is that anyone can edit anything, negative or positive, for any reason on Wikipedia. That statement still holds true, however, it is not really a bad thing as time moves on. If one-hundred experts in a certain field of study add content to Wikipedia in their field of study, that has more potential to be true than if ten experts contributed textbook content for the classroom.
So, for argument’s sake, let’s say you submit unsubstantiated information to a Wiki page of content, it slips through the Wiki experts and is published on the internet. That would only happen if no one read your comments. That would indicate that your words have no meaning, and the whole point of a Wikipedia topic is to be read and noticed. The fact is that the Wikipedia Foundation is very particular about the comments that “anyone” may contribute. There is a standard expected of Wikipedia editors and writers, and the Foundation has the power to flag, or completely remove a site if it proves to be untrue, or intentionally malicious lies. Even unintentional mistakes will not be considered as fact unless more than one individual claim them to be true.
All contributions to Wikipedia content must be backed up with at least one other article or website link that confirms the content is true. No one can post information on Wikipedia in a random attempt to destroy a product, company, or person without supporting the comments through another source. One of the best ways to be certain your Wikipedia content is validated by the experts is to hire a Wikipedia writer to make up the content. This is referred to as “Get Your Wiki”.
That brings us to an example of how “damaging” content can, and does, appear on Wikipedia. A most recent case is the Wikipedia page of an up-and-coming French Actress with the name Marion Cotillard. Apparently, Ms. Cotillard recently co-starred in a film with Brad Pitt; that film to be released in November 2016. The relationship between Ms. Cotillard and Mr. Pitt has become bigger news than the film itself. Coincidentally, the timing of the movie’s release fits in with the news of the break-up and divorce of Mr. Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
True or not, Ms. Cottillard’s Wikipedia page about herself and her career has been had two Wikipedia revisions done on her page which have accused the award-winning actress of being the cause for the famous divorce of “Brangelina”. The first edit listed her Occupation being changed to “reason why the power couple broke up.” The second edit indicated her job title to be: “singer, actress, cheater”. How long will these comments continue to be included in Ms. Cottilard’s Wikipedia page? Obviously, until she or Mr. Pitt deny or confirm the truth. It might not be a bad thing for an actress to be linked in some way to Brad Pitt. True or not. And after years of suspicion and whispers of both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie linked to infidelity news, maybe this is finally the end for them. True or not.