Wikitribune Is Wikipedia founder Jim Wales's Plan To Fight Fake News

Jimmy Wales Launches Wikitribune to Fight Fake News

In the wake of a fake news storm that came to head to a head during the last USA election, many news providers have stepped up their game to weed out false or unreliable coverage.

Currently, the publication is looking to raise sufficient capital to hire ten full-time professional journalists.

The site also mentions that if they fail to reach their goal of hiring 10 journalists in the stipulated time then the supporters' money will be refunded.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the new platform would be free of pay-walls, carry no advertising, and instead will exclusively rely on its supporters to fund it.

Wales intends to cover general issues, such as U.S. and United Kingdom politics, through to specialist science and technology. It launched on April 25 accompanied with a crowdfunding campaign.

The new platform, called Wikitribune, will be free to access and carry no advertising, instead relying on its readers to fund it, while the accuracy of news reports will be easily verifiable as source material will be published, Wales said.

"We want to bring some of that fact-based, fact-checking mentality that we know from Wikipedia to news", Wales says.

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"The news is broken and we can fix it", says Wales in the Wikitribune's blog.

Over the past couple months, the brilliant minds at Facebook and Google have been juggling with different solutions to prevent the spread of false and misleading news on their platforms.

With more and more people consuming news online nowadays, the huge profit generated by fake news and its potential political impact have caused an onging debate.

Wikitribune will follow a more traditional journalistic model in terms of the way it's run, with professional journalists writing the stories, working under an editor. The community contributors are set to play a key role in ensuring that the content of articles is supported by as much extra information as possible.

Noting that journalists will be required to provide either the source of a fact or full transcripts and recordings of interviews, Wikipedia added that while the public will be able to modify and update stories, updates must be approved by an "appropriate party" before they take effect.

Anyone and everyone will be able to read the stories appearing on Wikitribune.

So it's early days yet, but with Wales at the helm, and advisors ranging from model and actress Lily Cole to United States law professor Larry Lessig and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki, Wikitribune certainly has the foundations for something very exciting.

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