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Wikipedia founder talks fake news and the need for neutrality at Montreal event

Last Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm ADT

The Wikipedia logo is shown in a 2012 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Paul Zinken

MONTREAL – Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales says the free online encyclopedia has emerged as a trusted source of information in an era of fake news.

Wales says that as traditional media outlets have declined and lost the trust of the public, Wikipedia has stepped up to fill the gap.

His comments were made this morning in Montreal during a panel discussion at the opening of the annual Wikimania conference.

The three-day conference is gathering about 1,000 people for a series of training sessions, presentations and workshops that focus on the future of free knowledge projects.

The discussion also touched on the encyclopedia’s efforts to combat harassment, improve diversity and stay neutral in the partisan online world.

Wales has also launched a separate crowd-funded news website that is produced by a team of journalists and community volunteers.

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