Wikipedia "was" completely rewritten to say WOT doesn't exist anymore
Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:54 am
I'm not doing anything about it. To quote myself on my WOT review of wikipedia.org, "When dealing with Wikipedia, you will never win."MyWOT/WOT (Web of Trust) was a browser add-on and web site. After being found to have breached the privacy rules and guidelines set by several browsers, the browser add-on was removed from distribution November 2016. Before its removal, WOT secretly collected and disseminated personal information about its users. Ironically, WOT billed itself as a trustworthy website reputation and review service and purported to provide crowdsourced reviews and other data regarding whether web sites other than itself were trustworthy in respecting user privacy and security. The ratings were presented primarily through WOT's browser add-in. WOT aggregated crowdsourced website reputation information and personal user details and sold or licensed this information to other unidentified businesses and entities.
Users were encouraged to download the browser add-on that automatically tracked the users browsing while also checking the reputation rating of every website visited. Users could also search a website's reputation on the WOT website. A search feature allowed users to do a search regarding the reputation and safety of any web address by typing the address into a search bar on the WOT website. Each web address was rated and assigned a score under two separate metrics – trustworthiness and child safety. User reviews were also presented underneath the scorecard for each website, expressing each user's own reason(s) for trusting or not trusting a given site. Website owners were also presented with the opportunity to claim their site, which gave them the opportunity to communicate with their website's users. Site owners could request a review of their site's reputation score or add a custom description of their site to the scorecard. Although it was engaged in a systematic massive invasion into the privacy of its users, WOT consistently rated its own site as trustworthy.