The spread of misinformation is definitely a major challenge that so many leading tech giants have been facing for a while now. And Google being a leading search engine is no exception.
The tech giant is now making some more moves to ensure all the information found across its search engine is as accurate as possible. And if that means spending some extra cash, then so be it.
Google says it is now paying the Wikimedia Foundation to help curb issues of misinformation and give users the best search experience with authentic information. This includes making sure all the facts are not only up to date but correct too.
Wikimedia is stated to be a non-profit body that is behind Wikipedia and it has recently issued a statement in this regard. They claim Google is definitely one of the first customers to take this added initiative and make a purchase of its commercial initiative that’s designed to help users get the best out of its library.
Wikimedia Enterprise came into play last year when it was launched worldwide to help various search engines that work by reusing so many chunks of information that are stored across different libraries on Wikimedia. Hence, it only makes sense as to why Google is more than happy to venture out in this direction.
Previously, the company was relying on free-of-cost data that was available to the general public. The search engine used to simply pick up data from Wikipedia by scraping across the surface via APIs. Hence, there was no check and balance on what was true and what was not as all sorts of mixed data were present.
Now, with Wikimedia Enterprise in the picture, APIs will be more inclined to allow users to use better-recycled information on a grand scale, limiting the spread of old data.
In addition to that, the new service will also give users the chance to get updates on content and this will further rid of any false or outdated facts that make their way out of the Wikipedia library and into the world wide web.
While customers aren’t aware of this, Google makes use of the new service in a number of different and unique ways. For starters, you can see it coming forward through a series of knowledge panels that arise on the sidelines of the search page. Whenever you search for something, you’ll see it pop up on the side.
You’ll see that Wikipedia is one of the main sources that Google relies on for information and hence it gets cited in the panels.
Now, we are not quite sure how exactly the whole relationship will work out in terms of the user’s end and if that will undergo any change or not. For now, we just know the search giant is looking forward to deepening its partnership with the Enterprise.
We know that everything is just in its early days but we do believe that for users, nothing would really change on their end of the spectrum. Now, it’s up to Google to better integrate the updated facts onto its search engine and make the most of this new partnership.
While we do realize that this is definitely not the first time that the firm has made a huge donation to Wikipedia, the only difference now is that it is signed up to be a new customer.
Meanwhile, Wikimedia has also recently mentioned how the Internet Archive has also recently been hailed as a new customer with similar interests to Google. But wait, it’s not paying because it’s a non-profit that backs up Wayback Machine.
This is the name given to the popular database that saves snaps from various web pages over time. Hence, it makes you aware of information about the past and how much things have changed.
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