This Transparency Report is a reflection of the Wikimedia Foundation’s commitments to carry out human rights due diligence related to freedom of expression and privacy, and to track and publicly report on these obligations. Wikimedia platforms allow internet users to exercise their right to freedom of expression for the common good. However, a range of governments and private actors try to interfere with that right by using the legal process to protect their interests. In such situations, individuals’ right to freedom of expression are threatened when these actors submit content alteration or removal requests to the Wikimedia Foundation. In response to these threats, the Foundation thoroughly reviews each request and only acts upon those with a valid legal basis.
The Wikimedia Movement envisions a world in which every single human being can freely share and participate in the creation of all knowledge and Foundation staff and readers are at the heart of the human rights of volunteer contributors. For this vision to thrive, people must be able exercise their right to seek, receive, and impart information freely. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees affirmed this commitment when it approved the Foundation’s Human Rights Policy on 8 December 2021, which outlines a series of obligations the Foundation will carry out to this end. Specifically, the Foundation will conduct ongoing human rights due diligence and track and publicly report on efforts to meet human rights commitments. In addition to these commitments, the Foundation is also a new member of the Global Network Initiative in order to advance users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy on Wikimedia projects.