Wikipedia founder had a message for Sushant Singh Rajput fans as they lead a Twitter campaign, seeking a change on the page of the late actor.
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his Mumbai residence on June 14 last year. While the Mumbai Police and AIIMS ruled out murder, there was a large public outcry from fans and relations to further investigate the actor’s death. The Supreme Court in August last year ruled that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would conduct its own investigation.
The CBI is yet to specify if Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was a case of murder or suicide. The 34-year-old actor’s death gave rise to several conspiracy theories with campaigns on social media, especially fans on Twitter demanding justice for the actor.
Wikipedia founder responds to Sushant Singh Rajput fans–
Wikipedia attributes Sushant Singh Rajput’s death to “hanging by suicide,” citing “reliable” sources. Many users on Twitter don’t seem to be convinced with Wikipedia’s description of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, calling it inconclusive and noting that the CBI investigation continues to be ongoing.
Recently they started the campaign again, trending ‘Wikipedia, Sushant was murdered.’
Responding to the fan trend, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales wrote that the web site is based on ‘reliable sources’ and not ‘Twitter campaigns.’ He also posted the guidelines of the web site on what constituted ‘reliable sources’. along side that, he also posted what looked like an administrator page of SSR, which had the history of the many changes made to the page. Wales also shared his own account, urging fans to ‘discuss with’ him.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on Twitter wrote, “Dear fans of Sushant Singh Rajput, Wikipedia is based on reliable sources, not Twitter campaigns.”
An FAQ under the title Sushant Singh Rajput, addresses the question, “Why are you saying it’s suicide? The investigation is ongoing!” Wikipedia here replies it’s not allowed to cite primary sources that are investigation or government documents. However, the secondary sources, which are mainstream news outlets, reported that Mumbai’s and therefore the AIIMS’ doctors determined it had been suicide. It also notes that the final determination of death does mean the investigation is over, especially in a case involving a celeb.
Another FAQ features the question, “This death is mysterious! Why aren’t you calling it as such?” to which the website answers that the mechanism of death “asphyxia via hanging – is publicly known and not seriously disputed by any sensible party.” It further notes that Wikipedia doesn’t use words or terms that imply profoundness where there’s only vagueness in Wikipedia’s voice and should be attributed.