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Wikimedia CEO: Technology could be used for great harm

Wikimedia’s CEO discusses how Wikipedia, the world’s largest reference website, fights misinformation.

With 55 million articles in more than 300 languages, Wikipedia attracts 1.7 billion visitors every month.

The freely editable content project is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. As of 2020, the foundation employs more than 300 people and has annual revenues of more than $100m.

But at a time when truth is under assault like never before, what role does Wikipedia play in the media ecosystem? What steps is it taking to counter misinformation? And when it comes to hate speech online – should technology giants and social media platforms be the ones to moderate that?

We speak to Katherine Maher, the CEO of Wikimedia.