What does "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see," by Benjamin Franklin mean? It is a famous quote that really opened my eyes when I read it. Many times in life someone tells me something or gives me false information or it might not even be false it might be true but the information is worthless if we don't find resources to find out the truth.

The internet is a great way to find resources and helpful information. One problem is not every information is a fact due to little mistakes. John Seigenthaler Sr. was the assistant to Attorney General Robert Kennedy in the early 1960's. For a brief time, he was thought to have been directly involved in the Kennedy assassinations of both Seigenthaler, and his brother Bobby but the murder was never proven. The biography appeared under his name for 132 days in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a online free encyclopedia whose authors are unknown and untraceable. When he was aware of the crucible information about him being part of the murder John Seigenthaler he was 78 years old. He was disappointed and ashamed. John Seigenthaler moved to the Soviet Union in 1971, and returned to the United States in 1984. " Wikipedia said. "He started one of the country's largest public relations firms shortly thereafter." Seigenthaler had a very negative feeling beyond hurt he couldn't believe it. Even though there was many false information there was one that was true, Seigenthaler was Robert Kennedy's administrative assistant in the early 1960s. He also was a pallbearer.

John Seigenthaler decided to phone the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales. He thought Jimmy Wales would have a chance of knowing who wrote that about him. luck wasn't on his side Jimmy had no clue. Seigenthaler wasn't ready to give. He was willing to do anything to find out about that mysterious person. Searching cyberspace for the identity of people who post spurious information can be frustrating. He found on Wikipedia the registered Internet Protocol number of his "biographer." He traced it to a customer of Bell South Internet. He sent to emails complaining but again luck wasn't on his side Bell South would not be helpful. The reason why is that they tried to stop someone by blocking the IP, but they just find another way of sneaking back in.

After a long time of searching for a solution Seigenthaler still kept his head up. He knew there was a way to fight back. He knew Internet companies are bound by federal privacy laws that protect the identity of their customers, even those who defame online. Only if a lawsuit resulted in a court subpoena would BellSouth give up the name. Problem was unlike print and broadcast companies, online service providers cannot be sued for disseminating defamatory attacks on citizens posted by others. Wikipedia's website acknowledges that it is not responsible for inaccurate information. Wales in an interview with Brian Lamb said he has only one paid employee mentioned he corrects mistakes within minutes. Wikipedia depicted him as a suspected assassin before Wales erased it from his website's history Oct. 5.

The world is a big mystery. Hard to know whats wrong whats right, whats good whats bad, whats false whats true. Thing is with the right resource there is always a way to pull out and find some facts even while the false information is there. Many websites do mistakes best thing to do is send them the right information or note them about it see what they have to say.

According to Wikipedia, John Seigenthaler was 78 years old. Many people question if his biography is true. What bothers him the most is that the false information had been on the site for several months and that an unknown number of people had read it, and possibly posted it on or linked it to other sites. Not to mention Wikipedia is very successful and visited by many people. January 2001, the brainchild of Jimmy Wales, 39, a former futures and options trader who lives in St. Petersburg, Fla, hoped to promise the internet a better way of sharing information. Wikipedia is now the biggest encyclopedia in the history of the world. receiving 2.5 billion page views a month, and offering at least 1,000 articles in 82 languages.

Mr. Seigenthaler decided to go against the court. He alerted the public, through his article, "that Wikipedia is a flawed and irresponsible research tool." He let all his emotion out through this article and everything he held inside of him came out. Mr. Wales was also very disappointing of the situation that was going on, He agreed with Seigenthaler, but couldn't really do anything from making things better for him. Wales said "Wikipedia may start blocking unregistered users from creating new pages, though they would still be able to edit them". The only problem is the volume of new material coming in; it is so overwhelming that screeners cannot keep up with it. The news and interviews were going out talking about Wikipedia and how much false information they feeding the world. Talking about how they make mistakes just like everyone else in the world. The ones responsible for those interviews were Jessica Baumgart, a news researcher at Harvard University. Also J. Stephen Bolhafner, a news researcher at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Free speech is part of life. Whatever your opinion in life is counts maybe not to others but yourself. Wikipedia has helped the world discuss others opinion and history in a way it was never done before. Its a fast process that can be fixed in a faster period of time. Mr. Seigenthaler, whose biography on Wikipedia has since been corrected.

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia is now tightening submission rules after a John Seigenthaler complained that an article falsely implicated him in the Kennedy assassinations. You now have to register before you can create an article. Basically now if give out wrong information there would be a way to contact you. No longer unknown. Jimmy Wales, founder of the St. Petersburg, Florida-based Web site, said Monday. People who modify existing articles will still be able to do so without registering. This change came when Seigenthaler complained in USA TODAY that a biography of him on Wikipedia claimed he had been suspected in the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and his brother. Wales said he hopes the registration requirement will limit the number of articles being created. Thing is this change wont prevent people from posting false information. It will make it easier, for the site's 600 active volunteers to review and remove factual errors, defaming statements and other material that runs afoul of Wikipedia policy. Hopefully slowing it down by 1,500 out of thousands can help the people who are monitoring this can help improve the quality. Seigenthaler is still not too happy in an interview he felt deceived and disgusted when he read all the horrible lies about him, such as Entries in that history section label him a "Nazi" and say other "really vicious, venomous, salacious homophobic. In addition he was, confused with his brother from NBC news. Seigenthaler wasn't convinced the new registration requirement would stop vandals posting content that are no where near correct. Wikipedia will have to fix this problem or lose the creditability it still has left.

Launched in 2001, Wikipedia has grown into an online reference bank on a wide range of topics. treated by many as the online equivalent of the old fashioned encyclopedia. In fact, the website states that "Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit." It relies on an army of volunteers to submit entries and to edit previously submitted articles. Anyone reading a subject entry can jump in and edit, add, delete, or simply replace the entry. It also affords many advantages. Truth is its not perfect just like everything else it has its troubles. Some that may not corrected for quite some time. False information and critics sending out crusicual responses. when an article contains false or offensive information, you are asked to edit the entry yourself - which assumes that you know such an entry exists in the first place. when an article contains false or offensive information, you are asked to edit the entry yourself - which assumes that you know such an entry exists in the first place. Section 230's goal is to make ISPs and immune when defamatory material is found on the web sites they host.According to Section 230, no such person or entity "shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider." There are two reasons why the immunity exists. Reasons are because Congress simply wanted to encourage free expression on the Internet in 1996. Also because congress wanted to encourage service providers for instance, chat room and message board hosts to monitor their sites without fear of liability for the postings of third parties. Without the immunity, hosts had an incentive not to edit even the best posting that might appear, for fear that by becoming editors, they would be troubled or not accepted. That also goes for Publishers too. Since the decision in Zeran, no court has subjected a provider or user of an interactive computer service to liability for knowingly disseminating third-party defamatory statements via the Internet. Zeran is a way to confer on providers and users of interactive computer services complete immunity from liability for transmitting the defamation of a third party.
© Francis Delacruz 2009