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Edge Browser Warns About Fake News

Olivia Long - January 23, 2019 - 04:02 PM
Edge Browser Warns About Fake News
Microsoft's Edge browser will now warn users of potentially untrustworthy news sources.

(CCM) — Microsoft has rolled out an update to its Edge browser that will allow it to notify users of potentially untrustworthy news sources.

According to a report by Business Insider, the service that has been built into Edge is called NewsGuard, a third-party, journalist-run service that checks news sources and rates them on trustworthiness factors such as credibility and transparency. The service warns users before they click on a news article if it is coming from a potentially untrustworthy news source.

NewsGuard considers publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post as trustworthy sources, whereas Fox News has been deemed mostly trustworthy and Breitbart not at all.

This update emerges in a climate of "fake news," in the U.S. and internationally, which has had unexpected real-world ramifications recently in the political and social spheres. It is especially relevant today, when tens of thousands of people count shared articles on Facebook and Twitter as their primary news source.

The NewsGuard update is already rolling out to Edge web and mobile browsers, and it is expected on other platforms soon. Additionally, it is already available as an optional Google Chrome extension.

Image: © Microsoft.
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