Recently, Wikipedia editors announced that they are rejecting the classification of NFTs as works of art. This measure they have taken is due to the “lack of reliable sources of information”. However, the subject is not closed, since the players in the field have decided to express their dissatisfaction with this decision, which could have a considerable impact on the sector.
Charles Hoskinson v Wikipedia
A Wikipedia editor named Jonas pointed out that the online encyclopedia cannot decide on its own what is considered art and what is not. However, after a vote between the pro-NFT as art and the pro-NFT who do not consider it as an art, it is the second category which won. However, because the debate crystallizes the tensions, it was decided to postpone it to a later date which is not yet known.
Wikipedia’s decision is grievous and past events do not necessarily help matters. In October 2020, Charles Hoskinson, the creator of Cardano (ADA) accused the platform of censorship and public lies. This happened after the digital encyclopedia removed the English page about his project. According to Hoskinson, Wikipedia moderators took this action due to a lack of “academic footnotes and citations on cryptocurrencies”.
For Hoskinson, the platform engages in a “commercial censorship” which could have enormous repercussions on the whole system, which nobody wants.
Wikipedia’s position on cryptocurrencies
For Charles Hoskinson, Wikipedia considers NFTs as objects “ insignificant » which do not deserve a publication on the site. He does not say this only for his Cardano (ADA) project, but for the whole blockchain and for the whole system.
The Cardano Foundation, for its part, wants to get things moving. To this end, she participated in the World Economic Forum in 2020 and she associated with Harvard University who awarded him a research grant to continue his research on blockchain. According to Mr. Hoskinson, this is a good proof of the interest that the major universities show for future projects.
Whether Wikipedia is for or against NFTs, when it comes to cryptocurrencies, its position seems relatively clear. Indeed, the platform has integrated cryptocurrency payments into the donation options it offers. So, if you wish, you have the option of donating in bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH) or ether (ETH).
Wikipedia’s position on NFTs is subject to heated debate. The vote carried out by the platform allowed it to declassify non-fungible tokens from the category of works of art. however, nothing is decided yet, because players in the sector have stepped up to denounce what they call “commercial censorship”.
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