Wikipedia is powerful. It’s at the top of most searches you do for information. If you are considering creating a page, you might want to know how reliable is Wikipedia?
The problem is that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone.
Wikipedia is increasingly used by people in the academic community, from first-year students to professors, as the easiest source of information about anything and everything.
However, citation of Wikipedia in research papers may not be considered acceptable, because Wikipedia is not a creditable source.
A recent study revealed inaccuracies in eight of the nine entries and exposed major flaws in at least two of the nine Wikipedia articles.
Overall, Wikipedia’s accuracy rate was 80 percent compared with 95-96 percent accuracy within the other sources.
Wikipedia has taken some steps to protect certain pages so that they can only be edited by experienced editors or staff, but those pages are rare and usually for very famous people.
For the rest of us, any page we put up is subject to vandalism and inaccuracies.
The goal is to “control the narrative.”
You can’t control the narrative on crowd sourced sites.
Stay away from them.
If someone creates Wikipedia page for you, probably not out of malice, ask that it be taken down or contact us to monitor your reputation.
We recommend that you contact a reputation management company to monitor and protect your online presence.