Jimmy Wales is hoping the formula that made Wikipedia popular will have the same effect for battling fake news stories online. The Wikipedia co-founder is launching “Wikitribune,” an open collaboration featuring professional and community journalists as well as other contributors creating fact-checked stories for the web. A crowdfunding campaign on Wikitribune’s page Monday said enough money has already been raised to hire at least five journalists. In response, the company launched several projects, including the News Integrity Initiative, a consortium with other tech companies, academics and nonprofits.
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