Thanks for the background. The "POV pushing" you describe is of course what
Graham and Ford are examining in their paper.
For what it's worth, the Wikidata item for Jerusalem still contains the
statement "capital of Israel" today.
As I understand it, the Knowledge Graph uses a number of sources to "guess"
whether something is factual or not. Whether Wikidata is one of them, and
what weight it has in this process, is something I suspect no one outside
The op-ed I mentioned writing last week is now out as part of the current
On Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 8:29 PM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru>
> The story with Jerusalem is very simple. I created the Wikidata item. The
> English description was "city in Israel". Then POV pushers came. Some of
> them wanted "city in Palestine", and others wanted "capital of Israel".
> Then one user, who later was elected to the board of Wikimedia Israel,
> canvassed a number of users in Hebrew Wikipedia. When there were too many
> POV pushers, I just unwatched the page, and it became "capital of Israel".
> Later on, someone managed to change it to smth neutral. That's it. There is
> nothing automatic here.
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