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Wikipedia Founder Says Internet Users Are Adrift in the 'Fake News' Era


Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia

"When you're not that interested in the news and you do decide, 'Hey I think I want to find out some information,' you still deserve to get quality information," says Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia.

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At any given moment, volunteers and paid workers are writing fictional narratives that they present online as news stories, and some of those will get picked up and shared—perhaps thousands of times—on social media.

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