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Wikipedia as Evidence

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Wikipedia bills itself as the “online encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”[1] Anyone with an internet connection can create a Wikipedia account and change any entry in Wikipedia. In fact, Wikipedia warns readers that:

[t]he content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields.[2]

Thus, it is entirely possible for a party in litigation to alter a Wikipedia article, print the article, and thereafter offer it in court in support of any given position. Such a malleable source of information is inherently unreliable, and clearly not one “whose accuracy cannot be reasonably questioned.”[3]

References Edit

  1. Wikipedia Main Page.
  2. Wikipedia Disclaimer Page.
  3. Palisades Collection, LCC v. Graubard, 2009 WL 1025176, at *3 (N.J. Super. A.D. Apr. 19, 2009).

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