The Truth According To Wikipedia revolves around the reliability of Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia that can be edited by anyone and one of the most popular web sites on the internet. It highlights the issue that anyone can create or edit an entry on the site, resulting in questionable levels of accuracy and a threat to traditional collections of information such as Encyclopedia Britannica.
The film interviews people like Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, Wikipedia’s co-founders, and Phoebe Ayers, a Wikipedia editor and author of How Wikipedia Works, in order to gain their insights on Wikipedia’s double-edged nature. Andrew Keen, a British-American defender of scholarly knowledge, is also highlighted as a counterpoint to the inclusive benefits of Wikipedia’s open-ended nature. Keen puts forth his opinion that any vessel of information simply must be overseen by a panel of learned experts.