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A photo on Wikipedia can ruin your life

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    Shahriar
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    I have to agree with the opinion that more scrutiny should have been placed on Wikimedia's Foundation in this matter. As open and relatively accurate Wikipedia can be as for aggregating an...

    I have to agree with the opinion that more scrutiny should have been placed on Wikimedia's Foundation in this matter. As open and relatively accurate Wikipedia can be as for aggregating an encyclopedia with references from other source materials, more extensive vetting has to be made. In this case, Nathaniel White wrongfully being misidentified and having their likeness matched to a criminal. How would that process look? I don't know.

    In reference to the Black Lives Matter section of the opinion article, I couldn't really find a correlation between the race of Nathaniel White and this matter. Is the author trying to correlate that systemic racism that exists is part of why the Wikimedia Foundation's nonchalant reaction to an individual's name being tainted?

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    1. DepartedPretzel
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      The connection was a little vague, though I took it to mean that White may be heavily impacted by this mistake due to racial stereotyping and institutional racism. For instance, Black individuals...

      I couldn't really find a correlation between the race of Nathaniel White and this matter.

      The connection was a little vague, though I took it to mean that White may be heavily impacted by this mistake due to racial stereotyping and institutional racism. For instance, Black individuals already face more employment discrimination and he may face an extra amount of discrimination on top of that.

      It’s difficult to find a solution that protects White and the interests of WMF. It’s just that at the end of the day, another Black person was wrongfully criminalized and is left to deal with the aftermath.

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