Anti-cryptocurrency activist David Gerard – Author of the attack on the 50 foot blockchain – has again used his influence as chief editor at Wikipedia to remove a blockchain-related entry about the Australian company Power Ledger.
In his latest blog post The Wikipedia editor seemed to be boasting of success when the Power Ledger article was deletedwhat he said was:
“Based on a lot of press gossip and the only real coverage in the press, it was about how Power Ledger was a scam.”
A public discussion among Wikipedia editors debating the Power Ledger page shows this Gerald argues that the content of crypto messages “cannot be used to make claims of notoriety”.
One of the articles referenced on the page comes from the crypto news portal CoinRivet, which Gerald referred to as “the bottom of the bitcoin blog”. Also similarly managed to dismiss articles from the Economic Times and India’s Tech Crunch as “churnalism”.. The term is used to describe media reporting directly on press releases without any research being done.
After much discussion, the August 25 final decision was removed, which stated that there was not enough “meaningful coverage in reliable sources”.. Editors like Gerald “convincingly refuted” the sources cited.
To put this judgment in perspective, The “unreliable” Tech Crunch has 16 million readers and Wikipedia’s own entry in the Economic Times calls it “the second most widely read English business newspaper in the world”.
Other “unreliable” news of general interest cited in the editors’ debate over the Wikipedia entry “Power Ledger” included those from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Government’s Austrade website, The Australian, The Hindu, ZDNet, Yahoo and The Australian Financial Review.
Gerard does not hide his prejudices against blockchain and cryptocurrencies, which he considers “absolutely and completely a box full of jokes that prove it on Wikipedia”. and has described his book as an explanation for “why cryptocurrencies and blockchains are terrible … all of them”.
Gerard was instrumental in imposing “blanket sanctions” against entries across the industry, which is why the online encyclopedia lacks such cryptocurrency and blockchain content.
In a January 27 article on Wikipedia Signpost, stated that he “hated” cryptocurrencies and crypto news portals::
“There are no cryptocurrency blogs, there are no cryptocurrency news sites because they look like the trade press, but it’s really about advertising: promoting your hodlings. Many are obviously paying to gamble, and very few have seen a press release featuring ‘blockchain’ that they would not reprint. “
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