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Wikipedia changes editing permissions for users who attempt to change the page to “recession” following disagreement over its exact definition.
Wikimedia, the company that runs the online encyclopedia, will require new anonymous users to have their updates reviewed and accepted by an editor before making their changes public on the page. Last week, the Commerce Department announced that the US economy had contracted for a second consecutive quarter.
“Semi-protected articles can only be edited by logged-in users whose accounts are at least 4 days old and have made at least 10 edits,” Wikimedia said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg. “Volunteer editors regularly use these and other tools to ensure Wikipedia’s content is neutral and well-sourced.”
Originally, the definition of a recession was two consecutive quarters of decline in gross domestic product. US GDP fell at an annualized rate of 0.9% in the second quarter, after falling 1.6% in the first quarter of 2022.
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However, the news caused a debate with Wikipedia users who rushed to the page and changed the exact definition of the term. The company originally semi-locked the page, meaning only users with accounts that were at least four days old and 10 verified edits could make changes to the “recession” page.
The encyclopedia plans to lift the semi-lockdown and allow volunteer editors to handle any requested changes.
“Volunteer editors know this and have created tools and mechanisms to respond to an influx of edits to articles that are in the public eye to maintain the standards of neutrality and auditability that govern the site,” a doorman said. -word from Wikimedia to The Hill. “Protecting an article is a common tool they use.”
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Currently, Wikipedia’s definition of a recession states: “Although the definition of a recession varies between countries and researchers, two consecutive quarters of decline in a country’s real gross domestic product (real GDP) is commonly used as a working definition of a recession. “
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