One of the co-founders of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, has come out with plans to launch a global news website, which he has been raising money towards, to combat fake news.
The news site, called Wikitribune, will be a hybrid model that will be funded by donations from supporters at a cost of £10 or $15 a month in order to pay for a team of journalists to write stories, along with online contributors, according to the Financial Times.
In an interview with the FT, Jimmy Wales, said: “Wikitribune is news by the people and for the people. This will be the first time that professional journalists and citizen journalists will work side-by-side as equals writing stories as they happen, editing them live as they develop and at all times backed by a community checking and re-checking all facts.”
It is believed that the move to create a news site comes following the uprising of Facebook and other large technology groups facing a herd of criticism for failing to tackle fake news online.