Followup: Second GiveWell founder admits deception

Earlier I noted that the founder of nonprofit GiveWell had been demoted and financially penalized when it was learned that he used a pseudonym online to recommend his own organization. The New York Times reports today that a second founder has admitted he also used a false name in an online posting recommending GiveWell.
These are provocative examples of the manipulation problem — one species of managing the quality of user-contributed content — because GiveWell’s business is evaluating the reliability and quality of other nonprofits in order to provide advice on where to give one’s charitable donations.


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