Wikipedia is the seventh most popular website in the world. On January 15, 2001, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger created history by launching the world’s most trusted and popular information portal. Since then, the multilingual open-collaborative online encyclopedia has managed to gain millions of views on the website.
In 2015, Wikipedia launched its first fundraising online campaign. Many were taken aback by the pop-up donation message Wikipedia was showing. Wikipedia being a non-profit organization had previously stated that these funds raised by the donation will be used for the payments of editors and maintenance of the website. In a world full of commercialization and ads, Wikipedia also ensures that they haven’t changed their business model. Wikipedia strives on the Wiki movement of sharing free knowledge across the globe. This fundraising campaign was carried out by the parent company Wikimedia foundation.
From time to time, Wikipedia has asked for such donations to keep the urgency at ease and by urgency we mean money. In 2019, India was the fifth largest country to contribute to Wikipedia’s page views. The number nearly crossed over 750 million. Pat Pena, Director of Payment and Operations for Wikimedia Foundation had also written a blog about the fundraising campaign last year,
“Reader donations are critical to supporting Wikipedia’s global presence,” Pena wrote. “To meet the needs of readers in India and around the world, we operate an international technology infrastructure comparable to the world’s largest commercial websites.”
“We’re a non-profit that depends on donations to stay online and thriving, but 98% of our readers don’t give; they simply look the other way. If everyone who reads Wikipedia gave just a little, we could keep Wikipedia thriving for years to come. The price of a cup of coffee is all we ask.”
– Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikimedia Foundation
However last year when Wikipedia has launched its fundraising campaign, the online encyclopedia asked for a minimal donation of 150/- and a maximum of up to 50,000. In the wider context, Wikipedia has also received a donation from some corporate giants such as Amazon last year. Amazon had donated around 1 million dollars to Wikimedia Foundation.
“The Alexa team shares a similar vision with Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation: To make it easier to share knowledge globally,” Amazon had then said in a statement.
Having said that, Wikipedia has once again started a fundraising campaign this year. A youtube channel name String has tweeted about the recent fundraising campaign by the information portal.
Shameless idiots again asking for funds. Please be aware of @Wikipedia SCAM.
Watch the full video before you donate👇👇https://t.co/PmJveIMiIY@AskAnshul@republic @AmitShah @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/Dp61tVc3pa
— The String (@StringReveals) March 16, 2021
Last year, String made a video explaining why you should not be donating to the Wikipedia fundraiser. The video was largely based on the agenda of defaming the leftist media houses such as the wire and the quint whereas String also targeted the ‘open society foundation’.
According to the String, Wikipedia is a hinduphobic website and this donation drives funds the riots and mishappenings in the nation.
Soon after the String, netizens started reacting to this donation drive by Wikipedia.
Why is Wikipedia asking for donations now ?
👉Simple boris Johnson is visiting india at the end of april so to cause some riots they are asking for funds.#WikipediaSCAM @StringReveals https://t.co/enqCWjyYRY
— Vinay M V (@SiddarthVinay) March 17, 2021
George Soros’ Open Foundation Society funded Wikipedia also doing the same. Right after their active participation in #AntiCAA protests with intentionally misleading article on CAA the so-called convenors of wikipedia are also under the radar of @NIA_India . #WikipediaSCAM https://t.co/BpvqAkwmoD
— ସଞ୍ଜୟ | सञ्जय 🚩 (@sanjaykhilar) March 17, 2021
— AdarsH (@makeURbot) March 17, 2021
— Shashi’Dr C (@Shashi_drc) March 17, 2021
Only a loony could think an open source encyclopedia is scam. pic.twitter.com/7kRjnb1Sym
— Mister H (@andolantrump) March 16, 2021
Why the fuck they are trending #WikipediaSCAM? Wikipedia is a website where you didn’t get ads. They ask for fund like many others website do. They also did it in 2014-15 You can easily avoid this. Though, Wikipedia not fully trustworthy in many case but its help us a lot. pic.twitter.com/9zHxiHL2R4
— Suraj singh 🇮🇳 (@Surajkuntal97) March 17, 2021
Calling Wikipedia a scam is the dumbest thing I heard probably ever. First I saw #WikipediaSCAM and thought is someone using Wikipedia’s name to scam people?, but no, it’s simply trending because kids who knew nothing about internet talking bullshit.
— Unknown Data Scientist (@unkown_data) March 17, 2021
— ashish _arnav 7 (@ashish_arnav7) March 16, 2021
Lot’s of articles and pages on Wikipedia doesn’t contain verified information. I also tried many to times to change the information but the people who hijacked this platform always deny your edit and will ask for money to make a change. #WikipediaSCAM
— Rishabh Tyagi (@rishabhtyagis) March 17, 2021
😂😂 Wikipedia wants funding to put out info thats not verified…. BY ppl who can be anyone and FOR ppl like Trashcans of Moghul History to copy paste screenshots about authenticity if source!! That’s rich! https://t.co/mOWPHbZp0m
— Mise en scene (@tesoro_arch) March 17, 2021
Lol, please someone ask where’s the money that @Wikipedia and it’s foundation @Wikimedia who raised $28,653,256 in 2018-19 ?
I agree what @tesoro_arch said, theh want funds to put info that’s not verified and incorrect.#WikipediaSCAM
— सूरज 🇮🇳 (@ursfriend_sk) March 17, 2021
Finally #WikipediaSCAM is trending for some reason. Wouldn’t agree more. It serves as a platform where everything that is related to native history outside Western sphere is kinda comes from Western sources. When natives present their source, it is rejected. Hinduism in point.
— Saurabh Srivastava (@saudev001) March 17, 2021
what the hell we are focusing on? there’s nothing wrong in asking for donation. Like Mandir. and It’s logical as there are no ads. if it helped you before, do it. if not, skip it. lets talk about real issue. I mean, look at these trends, i am not jobless alone. #WikipediaSCAM
— vidyanand kadukar (@vid347) March 17, 2021
You kidding? How can be an open-source platform perform a scam? This platform and their crew provide information to us without showing a single ad unlike any other blog, so they require funds to pay their expenses. It’s that simple. Stop sharing this BS!#WikipediaSCAM https://t.co/BFsQsITf01
— हर्षवर्धन (@i_m_harsh_) March 17, 2021
— Shrihari (@shrihari_twits) March 16, 2021
We are planning WikiHind we need writers #WikipediaSCAM
— Genius Lad (@GeniusLad) March 16, 2021
— Ramakrishna Kongalla🇮🇳 (@artist_rama) March 17, 2021
Indians who used to visit Wikipedia platform for their school and college assignments and never bought any real encyclopedia or book are trending #WikipediaSCAM
Le Wikipedia be like : pic.twitter.com/wIBSFyvvn2
— Shivam_acharya9 (@_shivam_acharya) March 17, 2021
Bank strike is going on and at the same time Wikipedia is asking for donations just like it did during Delhi and Anti CAA riots 😕
— ॐ। आदित्य (@Parayishnu) March 16, 2021