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Co-founder of Wikipedia wants to establish news service to fight fake news

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Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia

The co-founder of the volunteer-edited internet encyclopaedia wishes to establish a news site, where both journalists and volunteers would work.

BBC reports that the planned news service – Wikitribune – shares many of the features already found in Jimmy Wales’s online encyclopaedia, including the need for writers to detail the source of each fact and a reliance on approved members of the public to edit articles to keep them accurate.

«I think we’re in a world right now where people are very concerned about making sure we have high quality fact-based information, so I think there will be demand for this,» he explained in an interview with the BBC.

«We’re getting people to sign up as monthly supporters and the more monthly supporters we have the more journalists we can hire,» adding that he would prefer to start the news service with 10 to 20 journalists.

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