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Imran’s pet dogs have their own Wikipedia page now!

Imran Khan’s pet dogs have been in the news sporadically, and perhaps their coverage in the mainstream media has earned them a Wikipedia page in their name. According to reports, the Wikipedia’s help desk has also confirmed pets of Imran Khan having their own page. According to Wikipedia, Khan has five dogs — Sheru, Motu, Sherni, Pidu and Maximus. Of these, Maximus, a Belgian Shepherd, was bought by his second wife Reham Khan. About Sheru, Imran recently confirmed that the pet died three to four years ago.…

Facebook ‘context’ button is latest effort to fight fake news

WASHINGTON: Facebook said on Thursday it was testing a new "button" to allow users to get more context about a news source, in the latest move by the leading social network to curb misinformation. The new feature will allow users to get context on the source of a news article with a single click without leaving Facebook and its news feed. "We are testing a button that people can tap to easily access additional information without needing to go elsewhere," said a Facebook blog post signed by product managers Andrew…

China to launch own encyclopaedia to rival Wikipedia

SHANGHAI: China plans to launch its own online encyclopaedia next year, hoping to build a "cultural Great Wall" that can rival Wikipedia as a go-to information source for Chinese Internet users who Beijing fears are being corrupted by foreign influences. China is under pressure to write its own encyclopaedia so it can guide public thought, according to a statement by the project's executive editor Yang Muzhi published last month on the website of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He once listed Wikipedia, which is…

Wikipedia founder aims to ‘fix the news’ with collaborative website

WASHINGTON: Jimmy Wales, the founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has launched a website aimed at countering the spread of fake news by bringing together professional journalists and a community of volunteers and supporters to produce news articles. The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no advertising, instead relying on its readers to fund it, while the accuracy of news reports will be easily verifiable as source material will be published, Wales said. "The news is broken, but…

Revealed: Most-edited pages of Wikipedia in 2016

Wikipedia has released a list of its most-edited pages this year, with an article detailing the year's notable deaths topping the list. The other most-edited pages were related to US elections while five articles were revised more than 5,000 times. Meanwhile, a monthly breakdown showed the Panama Papers investigation topped edits in April and the Nice attack in July. Here are the top six pages edited most of the times this year. 1- Deaths in 2016 This page describing the most notable deaths was edited…