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.
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.
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.
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.