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Wikipedia is 15 years old, the world's largest online encyclopedia, which was formed by the combination of "wiki", which means “quick” in Hawaiian, and “pedia”, which is the encyclopedia. Founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger on January 15, 2001, Wikipedia has hosted not only information but interesting events, with more than 18 million articles it has generated throughout its history.

1st. ENCYCLOPEDIA, PUBLISHED IN 284 LANGUAGES


April September 2004, Wikipedia published its one millionth article, and April 2008 its 10 millionth article. This success of Wikipedia, which can grow 9 million articles in 3.5 years, was not only in the English language but internationally. The 10 millionth makele was a Hungarian biography of the British Goldsmith and painter Nicholas Hilliard. The site today has publications in 284 languages.

2nd ed. THEY KILLED THE COMEDIAN


From time to time, the fact that everyone can enter information and not have to be a member can make Wikipedia question to be a "reliable source". Even though the mistakes were corrected in a matter of days, the spread of the big mistakes on social media is much faster. In 2007, US comedian Sinbad died of a heart attack on his Wikipedia page after his daughter called the famous actor in a panic and asked him if he was OK.

3. WIKIPEDIA EXCLUSIVE TO THE LOST SERIES


Wikipedia as an encyclopedia not just online, but seven different publication undertook: which serves as a dictionary Wiktionary, prepared academic articles for Scholarpedia, again, serves as an encyclopedia, but Citizendium editors will be checked by the expert, real non-parody Encyclopedia Dramatica and encyclopedia article, prepared for American conservatives and Conservapedia were published in the period from 2004-2010 that has swept over the world when prepared for lostpedia lost the series.

4. WIKIPEDIA EDITORS IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS


Wikipedia has even witnessed edits by politicians from time to time. In 2006, it was revealed that Minesota Senator Norm Coleman, California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Iowa Senator Tom Harkin made changes to Wikipedia articles from their computers at the U.S. Capitol. Even current US Vice President Joe Biden's aides had deleted the "labor theft" accusations about Biden from the Wikipedia article.

5. TERROR CHARGES AGAINST TURKISH PROFESSOR


On February 16, 2007, University of Minnesota history professor Taner Akçam was detained for the "terrorist" analogy on his Wikipedia page. The famous professor was accused of terrorism because the page of Akçam, which gave a lecture on the events of 1915, was altered by some nationalist groups.

6. 24-YEAR-OLD" PROFESSOR OF RELIGION " EDITOR


Ryan Jordan, 24, who lives in the U.S. State of Kentucky, has been Wikipedia editor for more than a year. But Jordan's lie, which introduced him as a professor of religion at a private university, came to light thanks to a reader's attention. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales at first argued that Jordan had the right to withhold his identity, but changed his mind over the backlash.

7th ed. NO WIKIPEDIA ALLOWED IN CHINA


In China, where many social media sites are banned, Wikipedia is also closed. The first ban on the site came on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square events, when student protests were suppressed in bloody form. Jimmy Wales declared that they could not accept censorship in any way.

8. WIKIPEDIA "ALMOST" AS RELIABLE AS BRITANNICA


In 2005, the prestigious science journal Nature compared some articles in Wikipedia and the Encyclopaedia Britannica, finding four serious errors from both sources. The number of material errors found was 162 on Wikipedia and 123 on Britannica.

Ninth WIKIPEDIA ENCOUNTERS


To prevent information pollution and misinformation, those who voluntarily provided Wikipedia services held their first meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2005. The meetings, which have continued since then, are attended by hundreds of people from around 70 countries today.

10. ONE-DAY PAGE BLACKOUT


On January English, 2012, Wikipedia stopped its English-language publishing page for 24 hours in protest against the Anti-Piracy Act bill raised in the U.S. Congress. The action is in response to the SOPA, aka Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, i.e. Protect Intellectual Property Act, which Congress has negotiated. SOPA was basically imposing sanctions on sites that violated intellectual property rights. The message, which appeared on a blackened screen on the Wikipedia site, called for "Imagine a world where there is no free information."

11. LAWSUIT AGAINST AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY


After Edward Snowden, a former employee of the US National Security Agency, leaked documents in 2013 that the US had listened to many people, including world leaders, Wikipedia's affiliate Wikimedia sued the NSA, arguing that the NSA violated the first article of the US Constitution guaranteeing freedom of expression.

12. "DO MONKEYS TAKE SELFIES?"Controversy


David Slater, a photographer for Getty Images, encountered the monkey Naruto while on holiday in Indonesia in 2011 and took a photo of himself by pressing Slater's shutter. Three years after the photo went viral on social media, Slater was sued by Wikipedia, which used the photo without notice. But Wikipedia denied the accusation, saying the photo was in the public domain because it was "not taken by a human being" as set out in its statutes. Animal rights advocacy organisation PETA also sued Slater, arguing that the right to" selfie " belonged to the monkey.

13. WIKIPEDIA OUTPUT FROM JA RULE


One of the thousands of criticisms that came to Wikipedia belonged to US rap singer Ja Rule. Ja Rule, who said his height was written 7 centimetres short, called Wikipedia the most unreliable source via his Twitter account. Followers of the famous rapper reminded him that he could fix it by entering his own Wikipedia page if he wanted to. Ja Rule's Wikipedia page no longer contains any information about his height.
 
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