Wikipedia Changes Definition Of Recession And Then Locks Page

Wikipedia has changed the definition on its “Recession” page to favor the Biden administration’s redefinition of the term and suspended the edit feature after numerous users attempted to change the page.

“The page was altered at least 47 times over a roughly 24-hour period, with an administrator locking unregistered users out until August in an effort to curb what the encyclopedia website characterizes as ‘vandalism,’ and ‘malicious’ edits,” The Daily Mail reported. “The edit-freeze comes as numerous members of the Biden administration have tried to argue the country is not in a recession by casting doubt on the word’s definition, which commonly agreed upon to be two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.”

“The Wikipedia page’s history showed a flurry of edits, with an editor going by the name of Soibangla combing through the page and rooting out any references to the commonly held definition of a recession,” the report added. “Soibangla then replaced those definitions with lines that more closely fit the Biden administration’s take on things, with one line reading ‘There is no global consensus on the definition of a recession.’”

Some editors tried to fix Soibangla’s changes but were faced with another round of other editors changing the term back to fitting the Biden administration’s narrative.

The page now states that “In the United Kingdom and most other countries, [a recession] is defined as a negative economic growth for two consecutive quarters,” but that in the “United States, a recession is defined by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) as ‘a significant decline in economic activity spread across the market, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.’”

Wikipedia’s decision to join the Biden administration in an attempt to redefine the term “recession” comes as the United States has officially entered a recession with the economy continuing to shrink in the second quarter of 2022, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

“Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 0.9 percent in the second quarter of 2022, following a decrease of 1.6 percent in the first quarter,” the report said. “The smaller decrease in the second quarter primarily reflected an upturn in exports and a smaller decrease in federal government spending.”