Free knowledge website Wikipedia explained the rationale behind its recent fundraising campaign in India where it asked users to donate money.
The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, said it wanted to respond to some of the users' responses to the campaign, which generated a buzz online.
"Wikipedia is not a commercial website, and we are not driven by profit or advertising incentives. We are a charitable organization supported by the people who read Wikipedia. Our mission is to ensure that everyone, everywhere, can share in and access free knowledge," Wikimedia Foundation said in a blog post.
Wikimedia Foundation also said that Indian readers visit Wikipedia more than 750 million times a month, making it the fifth-highest country in terms of views on the website.
"Not only do Indians access Wikipedia in large numbers, Indian Wikipedia editors are integral and valued contributors to the encyclopedia, which is available in 23 of the languages spoken across India," the organisation said.
Wikimedia Foundation also said it needs funding to support the technical aspects of operating the website.
"To meet the needs of readers in India and around the world, we operate an international technology infrastructure comparable to the world’s largest commercial websites. This includes hosting costs like keeping our servers running, as well as significant, ongoing engineering work to make sure Wikipedia is reliable, secure, loads quickly, and protects your privacy," Wikimedia Foundation said.
This is not the first time that Wikipedia has asked Indian users to donate money to support the website.
But the recent call for donations saw some Twitter users, including those with verified handles, accusing Wikipedia of being "anti-Hindu". The users who were of this view made appeals to avoid making donations to Wikipedia.