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Wikipedia page on “Mass killings under communist regimes” under consideration for deletion, prompting accusations of bias

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Wikipedia plans to remove a page on massacres committed by communist regimes throughout the 20th century over allegations of bias.

The page titled “Massacres under Communist Regimes,” which details the atrocities of dictators like Stalin, Mao Zedong and Pol Pot, risks being deleted from the online encyclopedia after editors complained that it was not up to company standards.

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A disclaimer on the page currently reads: “This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia’s deletion policy. Please share your thoughts on this on the deletion talk page for this item. “

Another disclaimer on the page reads, “This article has several issues,” including that its “neutrality” and the verifiability of the claims are disputed, and that some of the article’s sources “may not be reliable.”

A supporter of the deletion of the page wrote on the Wikipedia talk page that “the view that the ideology of communism is somehow inherently violent” is a “marginal theory” which defends an “anti-communist point of view. “the Daily Telegraph reported.

Another proponent of deleting the page wrote: “Good historiography discusses events in context, and without simplistic assumptions that events are motivated by a specific ideology. “

Another supporter of the deletion wrote that the current article exists “only to advance extremist anti-communist narratives against political alternatives which have been adopted by hundreds of millions of people around the world.”

A rally of Soviet-sponsored youth in the Lustgarten in Berlin, Germany, June 1, 1950. Young people carry huge portraits of Communist leaders such as Joseph Stalin (pictured).
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Some editors opposed the deletion of the article.

An editor who opposes the deletion wrote on Thursday that the deletion of the article “would be truly Orwellian” and that “it is even the nomination for deletion is a political act aimed at whitewashing communism.”

“Stop on the left and wake up the censorship,” wrote another opponent.

Critics on social media blasted Wikipedia for considering deleting the page, accusing it of leftist bias. Others pointed out that a similar Wikipedia article titled “Anti-Communist Mass Murders” is currently not in dispute.

Wikipedia does not have a central editorial board, but administrators have the ability to remove articles and other Wikipedia pages from overview, and restore pages that have been previously deleted. Most decisions are not made by majority, but rather through discussions among contributors to reach consensus, Wikipedia says.

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A note on the talk page of the “Mass Murders under Communist Regimes” page indicates that an administrator or editor began the process of closing the discussion on Monday afternoon, and the result would be published under little.

Wikipedia did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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