Tech experts, politicians, and media outlets around the world has identified fake news as the most pressing problem in the cyberspace. Jimmy Wales, the founder of international encyclopedia — Wikipedia, steps up with a solution.
Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, an internet service that aims at addressing the problem of the world wide web infected with hoax and misleading information. As usual, this Wiki-service will be free and survives through donations.
Wikipedia will soon hire professional journalists who will be working with volunteer editors.
Remember that Wikipedia is not a valid source for research papers and academic articles because of its questionable credibility. However, Jimmy Wales thinks otherwise and claims that Wikipedia has a sophisticated system that recognize misinformation online.
Launching Wikitribune is a trivial matter for now since funding will be coming from donor money. Mr. Wales’ team must find ways how to attract benefactors. Tech experts like Nieman Journalism Lab’s Josh Benton has expressed skepticism because factual accuracy and compelling storytelling are not something that anyone will associate Wikipedia with.
Another thing that Mr. Wales must consider is where will people get fake news. Definitely, Google is not the primary source since fake news is usually not something that people are looking for. Netizens usually encounters fake news accidentally on Facebook feeds which goes viral when they share it.
The fake news problem is very serious that it has invaded the province of SEO. For example, if you are searching for “Did the moon landing happened?”, you will most likely arrive to a NASA conspiracy theorist website or a to a virtual space of someone who haven’t move on since the last Cold War.
Credits to BBC News
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