Wikinews:Content disclaimer

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General disclaimer · Use Wikinews at your own risk! · Wikinews does not give medical advice · Wikinews does not give legal opinions · Wikinews may contain objectionable content


In its ambitious mission of reporting current events Wikinews contains many thousands of articles on a vast array of topics. A relatively small fraction of these topics are frequently censored by educational, governmental, corporate, parental and other filtering schemes.

  • Some Wikinews articles discuss words or language that are considered profane, vulgar or offensive by some readers.
  • Wikinews contains many different images, some of which are considered objectionable or offensive by some readers. For example, some articles contain graphical depictions of violence, or depictions of human anatomy.
  • Many articles contain frank discussion of controversial topics. Some subjects that are discussed have criminal applications in some jurisdictions. Others contain information on dangerous or otherwise risky activities (see Wikinews:General disclaimer and Wikinews:Risk disclaimer).
  • Wikinews may contain triggers for people with post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • It should be noted that as Wikinews is open to contributions from the public, there may at any time be graffiti present on Wikinews.
  • There may be medical, legal or other information that is normally also the subject of professional opinions; Wikinews is not a substitute for seeking the help of a professional. Please note: Wikinews does not give legal advice or medical advice.

Wikinews's current policy is to include such content, provided it breaches neither any of our existing policies (especially neutral point of view) nor the laws of the United States, where Wikinews is hosted.

In any case, Wikinews is a work in progress, and many articles contain errors, bias, duplication, or simply need tender loving care. We encourage readers to help us fix these problems. Essentially all articles are written primarily or solely by individuals who are not subject matter experts, and may lack academic credentials in the area.

Wikinews contains news reports that would not be covered in a conventional news service. Wikinews's coverage of subjects is patchy, based on the whims of its volunteer contributors. Readers should not judge the importance of topics based on their coverage in Wikinews, or assume that a topic is important merely because it is the subject of a Wikinews article.