The inner circle of self-professed experts at Wackypedia stopped polishing their fake doctorate certificates, trying to make famous people disappear and deciding which technology magazines are real and waded into the Daily Wail.
Observers point out that the move is highly unusual give that it allows links to sources such as Kremlin backed news organization Russia Today, and Fox News.
The editors described the arguments for a ban as “cantered on the Daily Mail’s reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism and flat-out fabrication”.
The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia but does not control its editing processes, said in a statement that volunteer editors on English Wikipedia had discussed the reliability of the Mail since at least early 2015.
It said: “Based on the requests for comments section [on the reliable sources noticeboard], volunteer editors on English Wikipedia have come to a consensus that the Daily Mail is ‘generally unreliable and its use as a reference is to be generally prohibited, especially when other more reliable sources exist.
This means that the Daily Mail will generally not be referenced as a ‘reliable source’ on English Wikipedia, and volunteer editors are encouraged to change existing citations to the Daily Mail to another source deemed reliable by the community. This is consistent with how Wikipedia editors evaluate and use media outlets in general — with common sense and caution.”