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Wikimedia Foundation, owners of Wikipedia, is set to institute a new code of conduct to battle what the firm refered to as "toxic behaviour" by volunteers.
Wikipedia is not really a formal social media platform like what we have on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. But it allows the interaction of editors and change of contents. This has led to a form of harassment whereby an editor's work is sabotaged by another shortly after it was made, leading to some sort of editing battle.
A study in 2019 by the University of Washington on the gender gap in Wikipedia editors reported abuse and harassment of many of the volunteers specifically women and members of the LBTQ community who writes and update for the free encyclopedia. In response to this and other similar complains, the Wiki board of trustees is taking steps to ensure civility as its core value.
"We must work together to create a safe, inclusive culture, where everyone feels welcome, that their contributions are valued, and that their perspective matters," said Katherine Maher, the chief executive officer of the Wikimedia Foundation.
The binding code addressing the issue of conduct will include banning or limiting access of violating volunteers, in addition to a retroactive review process for harassment prior to this move. And this will take place in two phase. The first, to be ratified by 30th August will include setting policies for in-person and virtual events as well as policies for technical spaces including chat rooms and other Wikimedia projects, while the second set for approval by the end of the year outlines enforcement for violations.
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