An ‘unreliable’ source: Wikipedia blacklists UK’s Daily Mail

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Wikipedia editors have voted to prohibit the use of British tabloid Daily Mail as a citation source based on the publication’s “reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication.”

Following weeks of online debate, Wikipedia’s editors will be reviewing thousands of citations using the Daily Mail and will “remove/replace them as appropriate.”

A Mail Newspapers spokesperson issued a response via UK’s The Guardian:

It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry at this move by Wikipedia. For the record the Daily Mail banned all its journalists from using Wikipedia as a sole source in 2014 because of its unreliability.

Last year, the Daily Mail and MailOnline together published more than half a million stories and yet received just two upheld adjudications each for inaccuracy from the UK industry’s regulator IPSO.

While Wikipedia community’s condemnation of the Daily Mail as a source is severe, it is not an outright ban. According to their decision, historical references to the Mail may be used in special circumstances or other instances “where it might be a reliable source.”

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