Microsoft Adds NewsGuard to Edge Browser for iOS to Warn Users of Untrustworthy Sites

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Going forward, regular users of Microsoft's Edge mobile browser for iOS can opt to receive warnings when they visit untrustworthy news sites.


    The company's browser is integrating NewsGuard, a green-red rating system founded by journalists Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz that evaluates websites using a set of criteria, including the use of deceptive headlines, fake news history, and financial and ownership transparency.

    NewsGuard also provides "Nutrition Label" write-ups of more than 2,000 news and information sites that account for 96 percent of online engagement in the U.S. in English.

    NewsGuard has existed for some time as an optional privacy extension for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Edge desktop browsers, but Microsoft's decision to integrate it into its mobile browser as an optional setting signals a growing concern for preventing users' exposure to purveyors of false or misleading news or disinformation online. A Microsoft spokesperson said:
    As an example of NewsGuard's yardstick for untrustworthiness, The Guardian reports the Edge mobile is now warning users that the Daily Mail's website, Mail Online, "generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability" and "has been forced to pay damages in numerous high-profile cases." Visitors to Russia's state-sponsored RT News website receive a similar warning.

    Responding to NewsGuard's warning, a Daily Mail spokesperson provided MacRumors with the following statement:
    NewsGuard's Steven Brill told The Guardian it takes full responsibility for its ratings. "They can blame us. And we're happy to be blamed," he said. "Unlike the platforms we're happy to be accountable. We want people to game our system. We are totally transparent. We are not an algorithm."

    (Via The Verge.)

    Article Link: Microsoft Adds NewsGuard to Edge Browser for iOS to Warn Users of Untrustworthy Sites
  2. MacManiac1 macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2017
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    This won’t fix the problem. People choose what to believe or not based on their preconceived world view.

    If they don’t like the content of an article and NewsGuard labels it as fraud, people will cite NewsGuard as why not to trust it.

    If they do like the article, they’ll ignore NewsGuard calling it flawed, or be angry at NewsGuard, calling it biased.

    Don’t like an article but NewsGuard says it’s true? NewsGuard is wrong.
  4. kaz911 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014
    Newsguard is not objective - it is rated by humans and seems like most humans have a LOT of bias these days.
  5. H3LL5P4WN, Jan 23, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019

    H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    Also good for those of us who read the article and are installing the extension. ;)

    Edit: Never mind. They gave Faux News a green light, so they apparently don't actually do their stated purpose of warning you of untrustworthy sites. #uninstalled
  6. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007

    Yeah. Any attempt at this kind of plugin is utterly pointless, because people are only looking for something that confirms what they already believe. Absolutely no point in it.

    I'm not saying Fox is trustworthy, but that you have an immediate knee jerk reaction like that to anything it says means that it's hopeless. Not you. Humanity. Our brains just aren't wired to handle things we disagree with. It's amazing. Social media has to have the ability to block people - people just can't deal with the possibility that there are differing opinions.

    It's shocking that Democracy or civilization works at all with such tribalism.
  7. Billrey macrumors member


    Aug 3, 2010
    I wonder if it will block the New York Times then, who participated in the lie that Saddam has WMD’s which was a blatant lie.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 23, 2019 ---
    It’s a valid question. The question is, are they favoring the truth, or are they favoring the MSM? Pretty much all the corporate MSM networks have participated in various lies over the last decades. If this kind of thing would warn against untrustworthy news outlets, it should warn users of Fox News, MSNBC, NYT etc - but I bet it does not.
  8. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Unfortunately we now live in a post-truth society. I don’t know how to fix it—but I do know that it is not sustainable.
  9. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
  10. NightFox macrumors 68020


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    Amusing to see that it did actually blacklist the Daily Mail, one of the UK's most popular tabloid newspapers.
  11. Morgenland, Jan 23, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019

    Morgenland macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    Censorship tools can never compensate the lack of education and knowledge in the population.
    Nice try.
    Crazy method.

    To distinguish truth from bad, one should understand and experience the diversity of the world and its people.
    The ambivalence of this diversity cannot be portrayed by consumption of popcorn media.
    So simple.....
  12. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Oh look, exactly what Alex Jones was talking about weeks ago. Hmmm…such conspiracy, much theory.
  13. Music Ambulance macrumors member

    Music Ambulance

    Oct 31, 2008
    Yes bias is a human problem, but this could help someone who is undecided.
  14. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    I wouldn't be surprised if all the UK tabloids get the same treatment and it seems fair to me but it's not a sustainable solution. Before you know it there be Conservative News Rating services and Christian News Rating Services and Rabid Leftists, and Moon Landing Deniers, and rating services for people who like The Last Jedi. Then we'll be back where we started.
  15. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Now if only Facebook would integrate this... that's where many people get their "news".
  16. freddiebarnes macrumors newbie


    Oct 12, 2018
    They also gave CNN and BuzzFeed a green light so this extension is very fake and biased news.
  17. Zedcars, Jan 23, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019

    Zedcars macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    It’s f***ing hilarious!

    "[The Daily Mail] generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”

    Never a truer word spoken.

    About time that filthy journalistic embarrassment got blocked!

    It’s just a shame it’s only the website, and not the “newspaper” itself.
  18. FyerFyer macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2015
    And one of the most fabricated, rumour mills around. Seems like it’s doing its job
  19. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    Transparency in their process is the only way this might work. E.g. these stories were marked false from these web sites, these true, balance shows a score of X. There are no sites that haven't had false stories over the last few years.

    I guess buzzfeed must be blocked after last week. Lol.
    Yet it gave the green to WaPo and NYT after they falsely reported a number of thing the last few years.

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