Wikipedia is an open and collective online encyclopedia that was started back in 2001. It has become one of the most important sources of information and knowledge for any individual. It is owned and operated by a non-profit, Wikimedia Foundation has put energy and efforts into shining its reputation, especially in 2020. The organization shaped a ‘disinformation task force’ for the US Elections, to survey and contradict the spread of misinformation and falsify news with the help of dozens of people from Wikimedia foundation’s security, commodity, valid, and communications teams counseling due volunteers who edit it.
Wikipedia has been condemned and itself admitted the existence of gender, racial, and social class bias in its articles. It tends to underrepresent the viewpoints of people who lack access to the Internet, use mobile devices to access Wikipedia, or do not have free time to edit the encyclopedia. It has continued to remain a crucial and outstanding library of human knowledge, to the point that a full copy of the English language version of Wikipedia was carried as a payload to the moon on the first Israeli moon mission ‘Bersheet’.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the US presidential elections took over Wikipedia’s pages this year, with seven articles related to the two broad topics for the past 12 months. These seven articles created a combined 297 million (29.7cr) page views, according to introductory data provided by Wikipedia with the Top 10 generated a combined 396 (39.6cr) million page views.
There is a list of the top 10 most read Wikipedia articles in descending order in 2020. Take a look:
- Queen Elizabeth II
- 2020 United States presidential election
- COVID-19 pandemic by country and territory
- Kobe Bryant
- Joe Biden
- Kamala Harris
- Deaths in 2020
- Donald Trump
- COVID-19 pandemic