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Elon Musk blasts Wikipedia after it suspends edits of ‘recession’ page


Elon Musk slammed Wikipedia on Friday for “losing its objectivity” after the net encyclopedia blocked users from editing its “recession” page — prompting accusations that it was running interference for the Biden administration.

Musk, the Tesla CEO and the world’s richest person with an estimated net price of $263 billion, tagged Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales in a tweet on Friday.

“Wikipedia is losing its objectivity,” Musk tweeted.

Wikipedia blocked users from revising its “recession” page after visitors to the positioning engaged in a frantic editing war over the definition of the term, which is being disputed by the Biden administration following the most recent economic data showing a drop in GDP.

One Wikipedia user often known as “Soibangla” edited the “recession” page to remove reference to the usual definition of the term.

The user added a line that read: “There isn’t any global consensus on the definition of a recession.”

As of Friday morning, the page included a lock icon within the upper right corner indicating that it was placed in “semi-protection” mode whereby “unregistered users … in addition to accounts [that] aren’t confirmed or autoconfirmed” wouldn’t give you the option to make changes to the text.

“Wikipedia modified the definition of recession to favor the Biden regime, after which locked the page,” tweeted right-leaning social media personality Mike Cernovich.

“Can’t make Biden look bad before the midterm elections!” tweeted one other Twitter user.

Elon Musk took Wikipedia to task on Friday for “losing its objectivity.”Bloomberg via Getty Images

The change comes after dozens of individuals flocked to the page to make edits to the entry. They were almost definitely spurred by Thursday’s Commerce Department report indicating that the country’s GDP fell by 0.9%.

That is the second consecutive quarter that the national economy has contracted — which meets the standard definition of a recession.

However the Biden administration has insisted that the economy shouldn’t be in a recession. The president and his aides have steadfastly refused to make use of the word in briefings to reporters.

“This shouldn’t be an economy that’s in recession,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“But we’re in a period of transition through which growth is slowing and that’s needed and appropriate and we should be growing at a gentle and sustainable pace.”

Wikipedia prevented users from editing its entry on Wikipedia prevented users from editing its entry on “recession.”

Dozens of users engaged in an editing war, prompting the site to restrict editing to registered visitors.Dozens of users engaged in an editing war, prompting the positioning to limit editing to registered visitors.

Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia's founder, has been accused of stifling free speech.Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s co-founder, has been accused of stifling free speech.Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Joe Biden has denied that the economy is in recession despite two straight quarters of negative GDP growth.President Biden has denied that the economy is in recession despite two straight quarters of negative GDP growth.The Washington Post via Getty Im

Whether the US is technically in a recession is a determination that will likely be made by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which is a non-public, nonprofit research organization based in Cambridge, Mass.

The NBER bills itself as an apolitical group that’s “committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research amongst public policymakers, business professionals, and the educational community.”

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has also refused to acknowledge that the country is in a recession.Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has also refused to say that the country is in a recession.Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Post has sought comment from Wikipedia.

“Semi-protection is beneficial when there may be a big amount of disruption or vandalism from recent or unregistered users, or to stop sockpuppets of blocked or banned users from editing, especially when it occurs on biographies of living individuals who’ve had a recent high level of media interest,” in keeping with the Wikipedia page.

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