Wikipedia banned contributors from citing Daily Mail as source

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Wikipedia editors have voted to ban UK tabloid Daily Mail as a source for the online encyclopaedia in all but exceptional circumstances after deciding that the site was “generally unreliable”, according to The Guardian.

The news group was banned due to Daily Mail’s “reputation for poor fact-checking, sensationalism and flat-out fabrication.”


The Wikipedia Foundation, which runs the online encyclopaedia, but does not control its editing process, said the discussion on the reliability of the Mail by its volunteer editors on English Wikipedia had begun since early 2015.

Wikipedia added, “volunteer editors are encouraged to change existing citations to the Daily Mail to another source deemed reliable by the community. This is consistent with how Wikipedia editors evaluate and use media outlets in general — with common sense and caution.”

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