In a bid to move away from the data-driven model favored by Facebook with monetized, targeted ads, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales is launching something of an anti-Facebook.
Wales recently launched a new social network, WikiTribune Social — WT:Social, as it’s also called, will instead be supported by donations from a group of users.
Though the platform naturally has nowhere near as many users as Facebook, it told The Independent that it had managed to draw in over 200,000 members within days of its launch.
While WT:Social will be similar to Facebook and Twitter, Wales says the aim isn’t to reach millions of users or to achieve massive expansion. Ultimately, the new platform is centered around news, but its aim is to tackle the “clickbait nonsense” and “fake news” that the site says is so prevalent on other platforms.