Microsoft Edge Partners With NewsGuard to Warn You of Fake News

Posted on January 23, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft with 26 Comments

Microsoft this week started rolling out a new update to its Edge browser on iOS. The company is integrating a new news rating feature into the browser, powered by data from NewsGuard.

The news rating feature warns users of fake news, and of publications that fail to maintain accuracy in their reporting. The Guardian reports that NewsGuard warns users of sites like Daily Mail, which is generally known for tabloid reporting that often can be very inaccurate.

NewsGuard is an organization that uses real humans to review thousands of websites on the web, scoring them on 9 different factors, and giving them an overall rating of green or red. There are two other ratings, one for sites that generally post user-generated content, and one for satire sites.

The addition of NewsGuard on Edge is an interesting move from Microsoft, especially since the feature comes built-in with the browser. Although it is disabled by default, the direct integration does make it much easier to enable and gives users a quick and trusted way of avoiding fake news on the web. Microsoft, however, continues to deliver content from some of these untrusted publishers — including Daily Mail — on its Microsoft News platform, which seems like a much bigger problem.

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