Wikitribune to combat fake news

Q.  Who is the founder of Wikipedia?
- Published on 28 Apr 17

a. Jack Dorsey
b. Jimmy Wales
c. Mark Zuckerberg
d. Sergei Brin

ANSWER: Jimmy Wales
Wikitribune to combat fake newsThe founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales is going to launch Wikitribune, a news site aimed at tackling the spread of false information.

Fake news is a major issue faced by a majority of other sites such as Facebook.

The site would be jointly run by journalists and a community of volunteers who will verify the stories before publishing them in Wikipedia.

The same was confirmed by Wales through a video posted on the site.

The journalists will research and report the news stories while the volunteers will proofread, do a fact-check and add sources.

The site will ensure that journalists only write articles based on facts that they can verify.

The source of the news will also be mentioned. The site would be 100 per cent advertisement free.

The site would also be accessible to all for free so anybody would be able to read the stories and flag or fix them if required and submit for review.

As far as funding goes, the site would depend on crowdsourcing and the more funds it is able to raise, the more journalists it will employ.

Wikitribune: Know More
  • The crowdfunding section was launched on 25 April 2017.
  • The supporters would be required to pay $15 per month.
  • The advisory group of the site includes American journalist Jeff Jarvis, venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki and British actress Lily Cole.
  • The site currently has about 5380 supporters and has been able to hire 3 journalists.

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