May 26, 2022

Wikimedia Foundation Releases New Transparency Report

From the Wikimedia Blog:

2016-02-29_13-16-35Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation receives hundreds of emails and phone calls requesting changes to Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and the other Wikimedia projects. A politician may want a friendlier article, for instance, or an entertainer may want a more flattering one. Perhaps a business wants to control what is written about its product.  In the last six months, the foundation received 220 such requests—and we didn’t grant a single one, because we believe that our user community should determine the content of the projects.

Transparency and openness are important cornerstones of the Wikimedia movement. One expression of these values is our biannual Transparency Report, in which we provide information about the requests we receive to remove content from the projects or disclose user data. We published our first Transparency Report in August 2014; this most recent update covers July–December 2015.

The report shares data in the following areas:

  • Content alteration and takedown requests
  • Copyright takedown requests
  • Right to be forgotten
  • Requests for user data
  • Voluntary disclosure

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