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Wikipedia Co-founder Jimmy Wales Creates Global News Website Wikitribune

Edited By: Krishna Sinha Chaudhury

News18.com

Last Updated: April 25, 2017, 10:40 IST

The news website has been named Wikitribune and would be funded by donations. (Image: Reuters)

The news website has been named Wikitribune and would be funded by donations. (Image: Reuters)

The news website has been named Wikitribune and would be funded by donations.

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is contemplating to launch Wikitribune – a news service that combines the work of volunteers and professional journalists, and also to combat the spread of fake news.

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The news website has been named Wikitribune and would be funded by donations. The supporters will be asked to donate £10-15 each month to pay for a team of journalists to formulate ‘neutral and factual’ stories. The service will also depend on supporters’ regular donations and is intended to be advertisement free.

This comes at a time when Facebook and other technology majors continue to face criticism for failing to tackle the spread of fake news on their platforms.

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Jimmy Wales was quoted as saying in a report that Wikitribune is news by the people and for the people.

However, director of Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab believed that Wikitribune's funded model might limit its potential.

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Other advisors to the scheme include names like journalism lecturer Prof Jeff Jarvis, US law professor Larry Lessig, Silicon valley venture capitalist Guy Kawaski, and actress Lily Cole.

first published:April 25, 2017, 10:40 IST
last updated:April 25, 2017, 10:40 IST
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