Over the weekend, Elon Musk, the proprietor of social media platform X, humorously suggested he'd pay a billion dollars for a cheeky jest.
On Sunday, Musk playfully proposed to the open-source encyclopedia, Wikipedia, that he would "give them a billion dollars if they change their name to Dickipedia."
I will give them a billion dollars if they change their name to Dickipedia https://t.co/wxoHQdRICy
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2023
He further commented, "In the interests of accuracy," alluding to the skepticism held by professionals and scholars towards the site due to its open editing system.
The jest was one in a string of comments Musk made critiquing the online encyclopedia over subsequent days.
Musk especially targeted the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit overseeing Wikipedia, challenging its regular requests for user donations.
"Have you ever wondered why the Wikimedia Foundation wants so much money? It certainly isn’t needed to operate Wikipedia," he wrote on X. "You can literally fit a copy of the entire text on your phone! So, what’s the money for? Inquiring minds want to know …"
On Monday, Musk stated, "Wikipedia is inherently hierarchical and therefore subject to the biases of higher ranking editors, independent of their merits."
He then juxtaposed Wikipedia with X's feature called "Community Notes."
"@CommunityNotes requires people with historically different points of view, based on how they have rated and written Notes, to agree in order for Notes to be shown to the public," Musk continued. "All code and data is open source, so you can recreate the outcome yourself."
"Community Notes" depends on user contributions and voting to decide if a correction is needed for a statement shared on the platform.
Trending Political News
Bruce Willis' Wife Gives Heartbreaking Update of Husband's Condition
In a candid recent interview, Emma Heming, Bruce Willis' wife, confessed that it's challenging to ascertain her husband's awareness of his dementia. In March 2022, Willis shared with the public his retirement from acting due to a diagnosis of aphasia. Since then, the Willis family has disclosed that the actor's health has progressed to frontotemporal dementia.
"What I'm learning is that dementia is hard. It's hard on the person diagnosed. It's also hard on the family. And that is no different for Bruce or myself or our girls," Heming said. "And when they say that this is a ‘family disease’ it really is."
Costco Puts a Limit on Purchases After Quickly Selling Out of New Offering
Whenever Costco lists a certain shiny item for sale online, it's said to sell out rapidly. The wholesaler has made gold bars available on its website, allowing Costco members to invest in them.
"I've gotten a couple of calls that people have seen online that we've been selling one-ounce gold bars," Richard Galanti, Costco's chief financial officer, mentioned to investors in the retailer's fourth-quarter earnings call.
Bad News for Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau
The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and his spouse, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are parting ways, as revealed by Trudeau himself via his Instagram account on Wednesday.
In Trudeau's words, following "many meaningful and difficult conversations" with Sophie, they have "made the decision to separate."
McDonald's Gets Back Into Haloween Spirit With Return of Iconic Product
McDonald's is gearing up to embrace the Halloween vibe with the reintroduction of their "Boo Buckets!" After making a comeback last year, following a six-year break, the fast-food giant is set to roll out these buckets again starting October 17. During this season, the customary paper packaging for kids' Happy Meals is swapped out for these festive plastic containers.
Renowned for their charming and seasonal patterns, this year patrons have a choice among four distinct "Boo Bucket" designs: the Mummy in white, the Skeleton in orange, the Monster in green, and the Vampire in purple.
Jenny McCarthy's Bikini Photo Shoot Drew Incredible Reaction From Her Husband
Jenny McCarthy believed her bikini-wearing days were behind her until Kim Kardashian's SKIMS brand approached her.
Earlier this year, the "Masked Singer" panelist collaborated with ex-Playboy model Carmen Electra for the brand's swimwear promotion.
Mike Rowe Fires Back After Being Told to 'Stay in Your Lane' With Regards to Women's Rights
Mike Rowe responded after receiving advice to "stay in your lane" when he expressed support for conservative podcast host Megyn Kelly. Kelly had cautioned Apple about potentially removing her from their platform due to her perspectives on women's spaces and transgender rights.
On Facebook, the "Dirty Jobs" presenter mentioned a video he had shared earlier from "The Megyn Kelly Show." In that video, Rowe highlighted Kelly's statement: “she vowed to march against the policies of Apple if they removed her from their platform.”