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Microsoft and Bill Gates Both Bribe Wikipedia (and It'll Protect Their Online 'Reputation' in Return)

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Nov 23, 2023,
updated Nov 23, 2023

They both pay almost everyone of importance/influence, even Twitter and firms that "measure" - or bias - the "public opinion" (or any firm which implicitly reciprocates with overt and secret censorship)

Public relations and Reality of Microsoft

Buying censorship and self-censorship is easy (ask KSA about "sportwashing") and not expensive when you're an oligarch or a company owned by one. Wikipedia is fast becoming a giant power broker, but Wikipedia still relies on its old reputation as the "voice of netizens" (and domain experts, such as scholars)

Ever wondered how Wikipedia brings in so much money? Or why, over time, it is getting more biased and corporate/plutocrats-friendly? Check where the money comes from, based on old transparency reports, as Wikipedia barely depends on the ordinary citizen's donations. It's the same with NPR (BillPR), which takes huge bribes from Microsoft and Bill Gates while insisting it is "listener-supporter" every time it begs for loose change. The ordinary listener has no sway on the editor/publisher.

Wikipedia is very well funded because it is basically "the Web site any Public Relations firm/operative can write, censor, fight over..." (or give a bribe to by another name, e.g. "matching donations" as the Software Freedom Conservancy called it a few days ago; who does the "matching"?).

Wikipedia in 2023 is not objective and not open for correction. And those who donate leverage this money for power over the content.

"DO IT OUR WAY OR WE WILL NOT PAY THIS/NEXT YEAR".

We need to get RID of this notion that Wikipedia is this thing ANYONE can edit. Some certain/select people can edit it (many Microsoft pages are locked though) and then the super-users or PR agencies (of companies that sponsor Wikipedia) or even Wikipedia staff will undo those changes. Some freedom, eh?

At least they admit that this is happening, but how many people are aware of this when they read Wikipedia articles about things that Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have a stake in?

Anyway, screenshot as this page (as may be gone in the future):

Wikipedia: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

"50,000+" can even be a million:

Wikipedia: Microsoft Matching Gifts Program

Highest tier, eh?

Wikipedia: the encyclopedia anyone can pay for bias (rich people can pay more).

Wikipedia has the business model of a politician or lobbyist.

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