Microsoft’s Edge Browser Fighting Fake News With News Rating Company NewsGuard

Microsoft Edge users that want to be correctly informed by the news shared on social media can check if the website offers reliable information or not. They could do this with an extension called NewsGuard, which is a news rating company that uses journalists to identify websites that deliver fake news.

A few days ago, WhatsApp also took new measures within the app to stop sharing fake news.

Recently, Microsoft’s Edge mobile browser got the extension with the latest update for iOS and Android and news sites like Daily Mail got triggered:

“We have only very recently become aware of the NewsGuard start-up and are in discussions with them to have this egregiously erroneous classification resolved as soon as possible,” said their spokesperson.

Green or Red Nutritional Label: Is the News Website Reliable and Accurate?

Most of the popular news sites have been checked by the team at NewsGuard, each getting a label showing what a certain website is accurate and accountable for the information delivered – and all websites should strive for the greenest label. Unfortunately, because some websites kept publishing false news, wrote opinions and presented them as news, added deceptive headlines for click-baits and so on, they got the red label.

If you’re interested in this extension, you can get it for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

In Edge, you can toggle NewsGuard in the settings under “news rating.” According to the description, NewsGuard has “evaluated news websites that account for 98% of online media engagements in the United States,” so you might not find all news websites or emerging websites rated by them.

Tap the flag icon, and you get to see a “nutritional label” that offers more information such as the ones provided in the screenshots below:

In response to the statement from The Mail Online’s spokesperson, NewsGuard co-chief executive Gordon Crovitz stated:

“Our journalist analysts always contact websites if they get a negative rating on any of our nine journalistic criteria. The Mail Online chose not to reply.”

He also added that their work made “dozens of websites change their practices to become reliable and get their green label.

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Jeff Wilkinson

About the Author: Jeff Wilkinson

Jeff Wilkinson  is a Senior Politics Reporter at Debate Report covering provincial and national politics, . Before joining  Debate Report, Jeff worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Jeff has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.

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