Wikipedia to fight fake news with new site

  • 29/04/2017

Wikipedia, the website students are told not to cite in their work, is joining the battle against fake news with its own online news publication.

WikiTribune has been announced by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, who says the news outlet will be written by professional journalists, edited by voluntary fact-checkers and supported by donations from readers.

The aim is to produce "fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events", the website says. The project is currently being crowd-funded.

"The people who are monthly supporters are going to be able to tell us what beat they want us to cover. What's really interesting about that... is about for every 500 subscribers for US$15 a month, we can hire a journalist," Wales told Mashable.

Wikipedia is one of largest information websites on the internet. As of April 2017 it has about 5.3 million pages in English, and English pages make only 12 percent of Wikipedia's total, the website's statistics page says.