Anders Behring Breivik said that Wikipedia should not be underestimated as a tool for establishing truth, reports say.
“Wikipedia should not be underestimated as a primary source for creating 'established truths'. We must fight to present our views on the best way possible, while also undermining the credibility of our enemies," he wrote in his manifesto.
Breivik told prosecutors this week he had spent a lot of time on Wikipedia as the articles written in English were a rich source of information.
Wikipedia administrator Harald Haugland told Klassekampen that Wikipedia articles should be treated as a secondary source for information.
He believes that although most of the articles are credible there is no guarantee, especially on articles that deal with controversial subjects, saying, "Wikipedia is first and foremost a tool you can use to get an overview and find references to other sources.”
Its pages are very easy to edit with most pages containing an edit link, which allows you to change information straight away.
Wikipedia do state that edits are subject to removal if the source is not referenced, however. It is the world’s 6th-most visited website and contains over 20 million articles written in 283 different languages.
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