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Arab Media Spreads Wikipedia Hoax Claim About Late Saudi Oil Minister

Former Saudi Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani, who died Tuesday, was an architect of the 1973 oil embargo and widely misreported by Arab-language media, including CNN’s Arab edition, to have been the first Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Arab News reported Wednesday that the claim of him serving as Secretary-General was false and attributed it to Yamani’s page on the Arabic Wikipedia, which has included the false claim since the page’s creation in 2005.

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia

WaPo: Wikipedia Political Pages Are Biased – for Not Citing Enough Women

A Washington Post article published this week criticizes bias in political science articles on Wikipedia. However, rather than attacking the left-wing bias afflicting political articles, the author argues instead the problem is articles not citing enough female authors and academics. The author, Samuel Baltz, boasted of trying to fix this “bias” by expanding coverage of women in political articles, while otherwise celebrating Wikipedia’s “political and ideological neutrality” in its coverage.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales

TikTok to Pay $92M to Settle Lawsuits over User Privacy

The Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has reportedly agreed to pay $92 million to settle dozens of lawsuits alleging that the app harvested personal data from users without consent and shared the data with third-parties, including some in China. Experts are calling it one of the largest privacy-related payouts in history.

A teenager presents a smartphone with the logo of Chinese social network Tik Tok, on January 21, 2021 in Nantes, western France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Bokhari: BuzzFeed’s ‘Exposé’ of Facebook, Translated

BuzzFeed published a four-thousand-plus word article Sunday about how Facebook goes easy on conservatives. Yes, goes easy on them. To help readers understand what Buzzfeed is trying to accomplish, we’ve compiled a guide to what they say in the article, and what they really mean. 

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that …

Project Veritas: Salesforce Plans to Blacklist Clients for Political Speech, Citing Capitol Riot

Investigative journalism group Project Veritas recently published a report detailing plans by the cloud-based software giant Salesforce to de-platform customers who have “the potential to incite politically motivated violence.” According to the Project Veritas video, executives are communicating with the RNC specifically about messages from former President Donald Trump. Project Veritas reports that its own business account with Salesforce has been cut off.

Marc Benioff

Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger: Site’s Commitment to Neutrality Is ‘Long Gone’

An article about Wikipedia published last Thursday on the Fox News website examined the left-wing bias of the online encyclopedia. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, stated in an interview for the article: “The days of Wikipedia’s robust commitment to neutrality are long gone.” Fox also interviewed economics professor Bryan Caplan regarding the slanted coverage of communism and socialism on their Wikipedia pages, notably the omission of atrocities carried out by communist governments.

Turkish officials say Wikipedia failed to remove content deemed to be false from its pages that linked Turkey with terror groups

Analyst: Tesla’s Share Price Is Now Directly Tied to Bitcoin Value

According to analysts, Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla has directly tied its share price to the value of Bitcoin following the company’s major investment in the cryptocurrency. One analyst told CNBC: “Musk runs the risk that this side show can overshadow the fundamental EV (electric vehicle) vision in the near term for investors.”

Elon Musk speaking to a Tesla audience