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Microsoft Edge Flags Fake News on Mobile

Dave Parrack 23-01-2019

Microsoft has partnered with NewsGuard to fight against fake news. NewsGuard is a browser extension which rates the trustworthiness of news and information sites The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites for Finding Unbiased Truth This is the age of misinformation and fake news. Here are the best unbiased fact-checking sites so that you can find the truth. Read More . And the mobile version of Edge for Android and iOS now comes with NewsGuard built-in.


NewsGuard Ranks Sites on Trustworthiness

The aptly named NewsGuard is a browser extension which provides write-ups of news and information sites on the web. NewsGuard analysts, which the company insists are all trained journalists, mark sites on a number of different metrics and rates them accordingly.

If you install NewsGuard you will see green ticks and red exclamation points assigned to the websites you visit. And if you want to know more about why sites have been ranked a certain way, you can click to read the NewsGuard “Nutrition Label” for that site.

Edge for Mobile Comes With NewsGuard

NewsGuard has been available since last year, but the latest version of the Microsoft Edge mobile apps comes with NewsGuard built-in to the browser itself. It’s off by default, but to turn it on just open Settings, scroll down to News rating, and then toggle NewsGuard on.

A Microsoft spokesperson told us:

“Microsoft is partnering with NewsGuard to offer the NewsGuard browser extension on Microsoft Edge, and a feature in Microsoft Edge mobile apps for iOS and Android to help our customers evaluate news sources. Across both the browser and the apps, NewsGuard is optional and customers need to take action if they want to use the feature.”


Not everyone is happy about Microsoft’s partnership with NewsGuard. In a tweet, WikiLeaks describes NewsGuard as a “neocon app […] pushing U.S. security state news imperialism across the world”. But then NewsGuard has awarded Wikileaks a red rating.

Mail Online isn’t happy either. NewsGuard suggests visitors to Mail Online “proceed with caution” as it “generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”. The Guardian reports Mail Online as calling this an “egregiously erroneous classification”.

As you would expect, NewsGuard is standing by its product and denying bias plays any part in its ratings of news and information sites. In the press release announcing NewsGuard’s partnership with Microsoft, Steven Brill, Co-CEO of NewsGuard, said:

“We apply the nine standard journalistic benchmarks for credibility and transparency in a fully disclosed and apolitical manner. We do not block any news, which would violate free speech values. Instead, we simply bring more information to news consumers.”

Download: Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS

Does Anyone Use Microsoft Edge on Mobile?

Whether you trust NewsGuard to judge websites fairly is entirely up to you. Regardless, this is a strong move by Microsoft, as it shows a tech company fighting back against fake news. Unfortunately, very few people use Microsoft Edge 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More on mobile, but still.

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  1. dragonmouth
    February 3, 2019 at 1:37 am

    There is no "fake news", only news that does not mesh with our viewpoint.

  2. D.C.
    January 24, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Newsguard give Buzzfeed a green checkmark

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