Wikipedia explains why it is asking for a donation from Indian users
In an effort to respond to user comments in India, the Wikimedia Foundation, the organization that runs Wikipedia, reiterated that the crowdsourced encyclopedia is not a “commercial website.” charity supported by people who read Wikipedia. Our mission is to make sure that everyone, everywhere, can share and access free knowledge, ”the company wrote in a blog post.
“Donations from readers are essential to support Wikipedia’s global presence. 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, ”the foundation wrote in the blog post.
The post explains the various initiatives that the organization is involved in, in India, and other things that are needed to keep Wikipedia going.
The organization had launched a campaign in India asking readers to donate to support the website. The request appears whenever an Indian user opens an article on the website, which has led some readers to wonder why the organization is looking for money from readers. Wikipedia is known to be a free source of information, but relies on donations from around the world.
In addition, around three days after the campaign began, a social media campaign began accusing Wikipedia of being “anti-Hindu.” – Hindu publishers.
India represents a huge amount of traffic for Wikipedia. According to reports, the website had 700 million views from India in 2019. According to analytics tool SimilarWeb, Wikipedia ranks 14th among the most visited websites in India. The three websites above include porn websites, Xvideos and Xnxx, and WhatsApp.com. Google and YouTube are the best websites in the country, according to SimilarWeb.
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