Wikipedia launches news website, Wikitribune

Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, has said he is launching a news website called Wikitribune with special focus of fighting fake news.

According to CNN, the news platform that will bring journalists together with an army of volunteer fact checkers.

“We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events,” the publication’s website states.

The site will publish news stories written by professional journalists. But in a page borrowed from Wikipedia, internet users will be able to propose factual corrections and additions. The changes will be reviewed by volunteer fact checkers.

Wikitribune says it will be transparent about its sources. It will post the full transcripts of interviews, as well as video and audio, “to the maximum extent possible.”

The language used will be “factual and neutral.”
According to Wales, Wikitribune “takes professional, standards-based journalism, and incorporates the radical idea from the world of wiki that a community of volunteers can and will reliably protect the integrity of information”.

The project will be funded through contributions from supporters, rather than advertising or subscriptions.


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