Charles Hoskinson, founder of Cardano (ADA), streamed a YouTube video titled “On Wikipedia,” in which he berated Wikipedia for arbitrary commercial censorship of Cardano, like Bitcoin.
Censorship of projects in crypto currency is as old as industry itself. Back in 2010, even Satoshi Nakamoto was frustrated with Wikipedia editors for repeated removal of Bitcoin’s wiki entry.
After PayPal severed ties with WikiLeaks, one of Bitcoin’s supporters suggested that becoming the site’s new donation source would generate enough advertising to gain Wikipedia entry. Satoshi strongly opposed the adoption of the cryptocurrency by WikiLeak but it was too late:
“No, don’t “bring it on”. The project needs to grow gradually so the software can be strengthened along the way. I make this appeal to WikiLeaks not to try to use Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a small beta community in its infancy. You would not stand to get more than pocket change, and the heat you would bring would likely destroy us at this stage.”
What is Rationale Behind Wikipedia’s Hostility to Cardano?
Hoskinson states that he does not know the rationale behind Wikipedia’s hostility to his project, even though it is “the most cited of all of the peer reviewed coins”:
“We don’t know why there’s hostility where coins like SpankChain can have an article on Wikipedia. A lot of other cryptocurrencies and top 15, top 20 apparently have articles and that’s perfectly fine. But then we’re not allowed to have an article for some reason, even though we’ve been mentioned by the U.S. Congress.”
Hoskinson confirmed that the censorship comes exclusively from the English language editors of Wikipedia, noting that Cardano wiki entries are written in German, Estonian, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian.
Crypto-censorship has been on the rise recently. In the case of Wikipedia, it is a particularly surprising move, given that the site accepts Bitcoin to help fund its mission to provide “a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world”.
Yesterday, Cryptolydian reported Hoskinson as saying Cardano Bears Burden of Scientific Due Diligence.