Jimmy Wales, founder of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has announced he plans a new crowd-funded website aimed at countering the spread of fake news. This platform will be named WikiTribune.
Working with volunteers and journalists alike, the new platform will also be free and advertisement-free, just like Wikipedia. Supporters will be asked for assistance funding the site, and articles will be published alongside source material, leading to easy verification of presented facts.
“The news is broken, but we’ve figured out how to fix it,” Wales says in a video on the site’s home page.
While there are currently no news stories on WikiTribune, Wales intends to go live within the next month. Plans include raising enough funding to hire up to ten professional reporters. Articles would be authored, verified and fact-checked before publication, while site visitors could also flag issues and submit factual corrections.
“There’s nothing magical about being a citizen. As a citizen you have your own bias and prejudice and experience,” Wales concluded.