Elon Musk has taken to intimidating Wikipedia

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Elon Musk has offered to donate Wikipedia one billion dollars, but at a high, stupid price, because buying Twitter for $44 billion wasn’t enough.

Musk, 52, said on Sunday to X-formerly-Twitter, “I will give them a billion dollars,” “if they change their name to Dickipedia.”

Musk made the explicit offer amid a flurry of articles criticizing Wikipedia, in which he indicated that the Wikimedia Foundation, which sponsors Wikipedia, is hiding its funds.

“Have you ever wondered why the Wikimedia Foundation wants so much money?” Musk said in another post that “Wikipedia doesn’t require it. You can fit the full text on your phone!”

“So, what’s the money for?” the millionaire wondered. “Inquiring minds want to know…”

Wikimedia is upfront about its finances, as X people noted in the “Community Notes” section.

Although Musk seems to disagree, maintaining a big, free, online platform like Wikipedia is difficult. On its clearly marked “Where Your Money Goes” page, Wikimedia states that 43% of its budget goes to website support, which includes “ongoing engineering improvements, product development, design and research, and legal support” in addition to b

Since Wikipedia is ad-free and donation-funded, the rest of its budget supports its enormous community of writers, editors, and volunteers, administrative work, and fundraising.

Musk recently argued with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

In May, Musk was accused of censoring critical tweets against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the behest of Turkey’s censorship-friendly government, contradicting his “free speech absolutism” stance. Wales said he had a similar issue with Turkey’s censors, but he went to the Supreme Court and won.

Musk’s Wale-sized chip on his shoulder appears to have survived the billion-dollar offer, which may have been cage match serious. Perhaps he’s upset because his Wiki page cites the Musk family’s emerald mine.

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