Elections 2024: How Wikimedia is Tackling Misinformation with AI and Human Oversight

Mahek Baid
Mahek Baid June 1, 2024
Updated 2024/06/01 at 7:11 AM

In the digital age, combating misinformation is a critical challenge, especially during elections when accurate information is essential for informed decision-making. The Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts Wikipedia, has taken significant steps to address this issue by leveraging both artificial intelligence (AI) and human intervention.

Let’s explore how Wikimedia is tackling misinformation during the 2024 elections.

Wikipedia, the world’s largest collaborative encyclopedia, relies on a global community of over 265,000 volunteers. These dedicated individuals create and curate content on notable subjects, citing reliable sources. Their vigilance ensures that information aligns with Wikipedia’s policies. Transparency is key, and the entire content moderation process is open for scrutiny.

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Wikimedia’s philosophy is clear: AI should enhance human capabilities, not replace them. Volunteers actively edit, improve, and audit AI-generated content. By maintaining a balance between automation and human judgment, Wikimedia ensures the reliability and accuracy of information.

While AI plays a crucial role, challenges persist. Misinformation evolves, requiring constant adaptation. Wikimedia collaborates with fact-checkers, researchers, and other organizations to stay ahead. Additionally, the organization explores novel strategies that combine AI and human expertise.

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