We’re big fans of free information, which is why we post plenty of updates on the QNET blog to keep you in the know! But sometimes you have to take what you read on the Internet with a pinch of salt, especially if you’re getting the news from sources like Wikipedia.
First of all, do you know who writes the articles on Wikipedia? Anyone! The authors are regular members of the public, people like you and me. As a result, info on Wiki can be easily edited, and may not always be accurate.
The fact is, Wikipedia itself warns readers that Wikipedia is not regarded as a reliable source. If you’re doing research for a paper or article, take note that Wikipedia is also not considered a credible source for academic use. That’s why “citation of Wikipedia in research papers is considered unacceptable”.
For example, QNET’s Wikipedia entry was written by the general public, and not by us. It may contain comments that are positive or negative, or even worse, not entirely true.
As per the rules of Wikipedia, the company is not allowed to edit the entry. Wikipedia’s neutral point-of-view (NPOV) policy also states that “editing from an NPOV representing fairly, proportionately, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published by reliable sources.” This makes editing entries difficult for a company representative or anyone who isn’t neutral to the business.
The collaborative nature of Wikipedia coupled with the fact that it relies purely on publicly reported information without any fact-checking involved to filter out fake news, biased reporting or propaganda material is problematic. Readers also have to keep in mind that not all news is reported accurately or fairly and in some cases, certain news is not reported at all.
Additionally, Wikipedia’s credibility also relies heavily on the integrity of the contributors to a particular entry. In some cases, certain contributors may have heavily biased opinions or strongly held views about a subject matter. For eg, a significant number of edits made to the QNET entry on Wikipedia are done by contributors with a history of writing articles that are against the direct selling, network marketing/multilevel marketing industry.
Also, many of the allegations against the company are either a result of unsubstantiated claims or ongoing legal cases whose progress has not been updated to reflect the true nature of the incidents. One such example relates to news reports about investigations into QNET’s franchisee in India. Various courts in India have passed an order in favour of the company, either acquitting or staying any further investigation or ordering the authorities to stop coercive action against our distributors.
Please refer to these news articles about the matter:
- Karnataka HC quashes criminal proceedings against QNet
- SC issues contempt notice to Cyberabad police for coercive action against QNet representatives
- SC Order gives new life to direct selling segment
However, the Wikipedia entry does not reflect these developments continuing to give the false impression that QNet has been convicted of a crime.
Due to the lack of methodical fact-checking, false information continues to be propagated through Wikipedia. One of the most prominent cases of such blatantly false information on Wikipedia was reported by the New York Times about American journalist and writer John Seigenthaler.
An anonymous user edited the entry about him to say that he was involved in the assassination of US President John F Kennedy.
Wikimedia Foundation, which is the organisation behind Wikipedia has admitted that they are also dealing with a rise in some editors being secretly paid to edit and vandalise entries by parties with a vested interest. Please read this article for more information: Wikipedia Is Being Ripped Apart By a Witch Hunt For Secretly Paid Editors
So the next time you think you’ve read the ultimate truth online, be careful. In this age of fake news and alternate facts, do your research from credible sources.
If you have questions about QNET, make sure your answers come from an official QNET source. We have created the QNET FAQs section to help answer your most burning questions about everything from the direct selling industry, rumours about the company’s legal status, to allegations of scam, and much more.
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