Wikipedia’s co-founder is combating fake news with Wikitribune

We’re not being melodramatic when we say that fake news is becoming an epidemic, so much so that even Facebook is taking the initiative to weed them out through its ‘Journalism Project’, whose main purpose is to improve the quality of news content that’s being shared on the social networking platform.

As a matter of fact, even the co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, has decided to take matters into his own hands by launching a crowdfunded online news portal of his own – one that thrives on evidence-based journalism – called Wikitribune.

Because the platform is completely ad-free and its revenue comes solely from contributors, the portal isn’t obliged to conjure clickbait articles for the sole purpose of attracting traffic to appease advertisers. Better yet, since nobody has a vested interest in the platform, you should expect nothing but unbiased and truthful content.

Even if you don’t contribute to Wikitribune’s noble cause, you will still be able to read its content without any restrictions. You can even flag or fix an article and submit it for review should you find any errors – be it grammatical or factual.

But there really shouldn’t be a need to, since the journalists of Wikitribune will only write articles based on facts that they can verify. For added transparency, they will even disclose the full transcripts, video and audio recordings of their interviews. All articles that appear on Wikitribune are authored, fact-checked, and verified by professional and citizen journalists working side-by-side as peers.

Wikitribune is currently in the process of hiring its initial team of journalists using the money contributed by its supporters thus far. You can learn more about Wikitribune and support its campaign by visiting its official website, here.

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