Wikipedia hoax points to limits of journalists’ research

When researching any topic, one of the first sources journalists turn to (though they may not like to admit it) is Wikipedia, a massive, online encyclopedia that manages to stay one step ahead of anything Britannica could ever hope to produce.

We all know Wikipedia may have factual inaccuracies, but since it is peer edited, these are quickly spotted and removed by the “experts” who maintain each page, right?

In most cases, this may be so, but sometimes, even journalists can be hoodwinked, as this Ars Technica article demonstrates (hat tip to Ara for the link).


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