Wikipedia is taking on Facebook with a new social network

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Wikipedia is taking on Facebook with a new social network

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has launched a new social media network named WT:Social to try and prevent the spreading of fake news online, and empower people to create and consume quality content.

“As social networks have grown, they've also amplified the voices of bad actors across the globe. Fake news has influenced global events, and algorithms care only about ‘engagement’, and keeping people addicted to platforms without substance,” WT:Social says on its website.

It also adds that it “will never sell your data” and aims “to empower you to make your own choices about what content you are served, and to directly edit misleading headlines, or flag problem posts”.

“Our platform survives on the generosity of individual donors to ensure privacy is protected and your social space is ad-free,” it goes on to explain, and while there is currently a waiting list for those who want to join for free, those who pledge $12.99 a month or $100 per year can join straight away.

Taking to Twitter, Wales shared that the network has just surpassed 100,000 users despite only launching this month. 

“The world doesn’t have to be like this!” he added. 

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