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NewsGuard to fight fake news by "traffic light" labeling the trustworthiness of news sites NewsGuard to fight fake news by "traffic light" labeling the trustworthiness of news sites
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Since the end of January, Microsoft's mobile Edge flags links to American news sites by a "traffic light" rating label of trustworthiness as part of search engine results page or a social media feed, unless the user deactivates this function. Plug-ins for other browsers are available.  Since the end of January, Microsoft's mobile Edge flags links to American news sites by a "traffic light" rating label of trustworthiness. The label appears as part of search engine results page or a social media feed, unless the user deactivates this function. Plug-ins for other browsers are available.
The service is provided by the American startup <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NewsGuard</a>. It <a href="http://tell.toledo.com/2019/01/30/toledo-lucas-county-public-library-joins-newsguard-in-news-literacy-partnership/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">aimes at</a> public library systems as well as middle schools, high schools, universities, and educational organizations. Currently operating in the United States, an expansion to Europe has been brought forward.  
The purpose is to "fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation". However, NewsGuard does not base on fact checking of the single news article but on an evaluation of the trustworthiness of the whole news site. Thus, the label does not provide a statement about the news article which it is marking.  
NewsGuard is working with a "team of trained journalists and experienced editors", "rating and reviewing thousands of news and information websites based on nine journalistic <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanation-of-ratings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">criteria</a>" (<a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/how-it-works/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NewsGuard</a>).  
  The provider, the American startup <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NewsGuard Technologies</a>, endeavours to achive a wide distribution within the educational sector at national and international level. Thus he <a href="http://tell.toledo.com/2019/01/30/toledo-lucas-county-public-library-joins-newsguard-in-news-literacy-partnership/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">aimes at</a> public library systems as well as middle schools, high schools, universities, and educational organizations. Currently operating in the United States, an expansion to Europe has been brought forward. In an interview by <a href="https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-thought-itd-be-a-good-idea-to-add-a-fake-news-1831984231" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gizmodo</a>, NewsGuard said "We're in discussions with all of the major tech and platform companies about ways to integrate NewsGuard into their search results, social media news feeds, and browsers." Whether it will be default shall be up to the individual partner.
In Europe, co-CEO Steven Brill gave a <a href="http://videos.freecaster.com/fc/freecaster/ElcOMGcbxq_720p.mp4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">presentation</a> at the EU conference "<a href="https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/countering-online-disinformation-towards-more-transparent-credible-and-diverse-digital-media" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Countering online disinformation</a>", according to which NewsGuard meanwhile is also talking to library systems in Europe. By the end of April, the ratings shall also be available for the UK, Italy, France and Germany. In Europe, co-CEO Steven Brill gave a <a href="http://videos.freecaster.com/fc/freecaster/ElcOMGcbxq_720p.mp4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">presentation</a> at the EU conference "<a href="https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/countering-online-disinformation-towards-more-transparent-credible-and-diverse-digital-media" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Countering online disinformation</a>", according to which NewsGuard meanwhile is also talking to library systems in Europe. By the end of April, the ratings shall also be available for the UK, Italy, France and Germany.
  The overall purpose is to "<a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fight false news,</a> misinformation, and disinformation". However, this shall not be reached by fact checking of the single news article but by an evaluating the trustworthiness of the whole news site. Thus, the label does not provide a statement about the news article which it is marking.
  <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/how-it-works/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">NewsGuard points out</a> that it is working with a "team of trained journalists and experienced editors", "rating and reviewing thousands of news and information websites based on nine journalistic <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanation-of-ratings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">criteria</a>".
As <a href="https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reuters</a> reports, Newsguard speaks of about 2.200 of the 7.500 planned news sites which have been evaluated by 35 employed journalists. Additionally, NewsGuard offers teaching material within the Microsoft sponsored "News Literacy Partnership Program" and participates in <a href="https://compendium.ocl-pa.org/newsguard-information-and-webinar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">webinars as in Pennsylvania</a>. As <a href="https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reuters</a> reports, Newsguard speaks of about 2.200 of the 7.500 planned news sites which have been evaluated by 35 employed journalists. Additionally, NewsGuard offers teaching material within the Microsoft sponsored "News Literacy Partnership Program" and participates in <a href="https://compendium.ocl-pa.org/newsguard-information-and-webinar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">webinars as in Pennsylvania</a>.
  The media response is varying. Whereas the mainstream is reporting neutrally or positively, media outside the mainstream are strongly critical. Thus Whitney Webb takes a look at the <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/our-advisory-board/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Advisory Board</a> and claims in <a href="https://www.mintpressnews.com/newsguardneocon-backed-fact-checker-plans-to-wage-war-on-independent-media/253687/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">MintPress News</a>, by "linking up with former CIA and NSA directors, Silicon Valley Giants, and massive PR firms working for some of the most controversial governments and corporations in the world, Newsguard has betrayed the fact that it is not actually seeking to 'restore trust and accountability' in journalism".
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<h2><strong>Sources for further writing or reading <h2><strong>Sources for further writing or reading
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<h3>Original sources</h3> <h3>Original sources</h3>
Microsoft announcing a new partnership with NewsGuard Technologies Microsoft announcing a new partnership with NewsGuard Technologies
<a href="https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/08/23/defending-against-disinformation-in-partnership-with-newsguard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://blogs.microsoft.com/.../defending-against-disinformation-in-partnership-with-newsguard/</a> <a href="https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/08/23/defending-against-disinformation-in-partnership-with-newsguard/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://blogs.microsoft.com/.../defending-against-disinformation-in-partnership-with-newsguard/</a>
NewsGuard’s Online Source Rating Tool: User Experience. A Gallup study supported by the Knight Foundation and NewsGuard NewsGuard’s Online Source Rating Tool: User Experience. A Gallup study supported by the Knight Foundation and NewsGuard
<a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Gallup-NewsGuards-Online-Source-Rating-Tool-User-Experience-1.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.newsguardtech.com/.../Gallup-NewsGuards-Online-Source-Rating-Tool-User-Experience-1.pdf</a> <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Gallup-NewsGuards-Online-Source-Rating-Tool-User-Experience-1.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.newsguardtech.com/.../Gallup-NewsGuards-Online-Source-Rating-Tool-User-Experience-1.pdf</a>
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National Media Sources</strong></h3> National Media Sources</strong></h3>
<p class="p1">Don’t trust Daily Mail website, Microsoft browser warns users <p class="p1">Don’t trust Daily Mail website, Microsoft browser warns users
<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jan/23/dont-trust-daily-mail-website-microsoft-browser-warns-users" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jan/23/dont-trust-daily-mail-website-microsoft-browser-warns-users</a></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jan/23/dont-trust-daily-mail-website-microsoft-browser-warns-users" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jan/23/dont-trust-daily-mail-website-microsoft-browser-warns-users</a></p>
Jason Kucsma, Toledo Public Library Jason Kucsma, Toledo Public Library
<a href="https://medium.com/@J450NK/at-the-library-media-literacy-is-our-business-168f6007ce4c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://medium.com/@J450NK/at-the-library-media-literacy-is-our-business-168f6007ce4c</a> <a href="https://medium.com/@J450NK/at-the-library-media-literacy-is-our-business-168f6007ce4c" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://medium.com/@J450NK/at-the-library-media-literacy-is-our-business-168f6007ce4c</a>
  Eoin O'Carroll: Can old-fashioned journalism combat fake news?
  <a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2019/0207/Can-old-fashioned-journalism-combat-fake-news" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2019/0207/Can-old-fashioned-journalism-combat-fake-news</a>
  Lorenzo Arvanitis: Yale alums combat “fake news” with startup
  <a href="https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/09/18/yale-alums-combat-fake-news-with-startup/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/09/18/yale-alums-combat-fake-news-with-startup/</a>
  Chris Fox: Mail Online web browser warning reversed
  <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47088224" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47088224</a>
<h3><strong>International Media Sources</strong></h3> <h3><strong>International Media Sources</strong></h3>
<p class="p1"><em>Businsess Insider India: Ratings of 29 favourate news sites: screenshots</em>  <p class="p1">Businsess Insider India: Ratings of 29 favourate news sites: screenshots
<em><a href="https://www.businessinsider.in/miscellaneous/microsofts-web-browser-now-warns-users-about-untrustworthy-news-heres-how-your-favorite-publications-stack-up/slidelist/67662623.cms" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.businessinsider.in/miscellaneous/microsofts-web-browser-now-warns-users-about-untrustworthy-news-heres-how-your-favorite-publications-stack-up/....cms</a></em></p>  <a href="https://www.businessinsider.in/miscellaneous/microsofts-web-browser-now-warns-users-about-untrustworthy-news-heres-how-your-favorite-publications-stack-up/slidelist/67662623.cms" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.businessinsider.in/miscellaneous/microsofts-web-browser-now-warns-users-about-untrustworthy-news-heres-how-your-favorite-publications-stack-up/....cms</a></p>
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Other Sources</strong></h3> Other Sources</strong></h3>
<p class="p1">American Library Association (ALA): Labeling and rating systems. An interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights <p class="p1">American Library Association (ALA): Labeling and rating systems. An interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
<a href="http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/labelingrating" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/labelingrating</a></p> <a href="http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/labelingrating" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/labelingrating</a></p>
Trevor Timm: Wall Street Journal Columnist Repeatedly Gets His Facts Wrong About NSA Surveillance. In: EFF. Concerns L. Gordon Crovitz, NewsGuard, Co-CEO Trevor Timm: Wall Street Journal Columnist Repeatedly Gets His Facts Wrong About NSA Surveillance. In: EFF. Concerns L. Gordon Crovitz, NewsGuard, Co-CEO
<a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/wall-street-journal-columnist-gordon-crovitz-repeatedly-gets-his-facts-wrong-about" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.eff.org/.../wall-street-journal-columnist-gordon-crovitz-repeatedly-gets-his-facts-wrong-about</a> <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/wall-street-journal-columnist-gordon-crovitz-repeatedly-gets-his-facts-wrong-about" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.eff.org/.../wall-street-journal-columnist-gordon-crovitz-repeatedly-gets-his-facts-wrong-about</a>
Jennifer Dixey, <a href="http://jenniferdixey.brandyourself.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Librarian</a> Jennifer Dixey, <a href="http://jenniferdixey.brandyourself.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Librarian</a>
<a href="https://www.quora.com/Is-the-NewsGuard-Browser-Extension-being-automatically-deployed-to-all-public-libraries-schools-and-universities" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.quora.com/Is-the-NewsGuard-Browser-Extension-being-automatically-deployed-to-all-public-libraries-schools-and-universities</a> <a href="https://www.quora.com/Is-the-NewsGuard-Browser-Extension-being-automatically-deployed-to-all-public-libraries-schools-and-universities" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.quora.com/Is-the-NewsGuard-Browser-Extension-being-automatically-deployed-to-all-public-libraries-schools-and-universities</a>
<h2><strong>Issues to be searched for <h2><strong>Issues to be searched for
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Is there a list of the NewsGuard rated news sites? Is there a list of the NewsGuard rated news sites?
Websites of: White House, U.S. Congress, German government, Bundestag, EU, EU Parliament: Websites of: White House, U.S. Congress, German government, Bundestag, EU, EU Parliament:
the internal search engines yielded no results for "newsguard" (February 10, 2019) the internal search engines yielded no results for "newsguard" (February 10, 2019)
German Parliamentary Documentation: no results for "newsguard" (February 10, 2019) German Parliamentary Documentation: no results for "newsguard" (February 10, 2019)
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Issues to be fact checked</strong></h2> Issues to be fact checked</strong></h2>
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<h2><strong>Also in WT</strong></h2> <h2><strong>Also in WT</strong></h2>
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<p>NewsGuard: Homepage<br /> <p>NewsGuard: Homepage<br />
<a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.newsguardtech.com/</a></p> <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.newsguardtech.com/</a></p>
<p>NewsGuard rating criteria<br /> <p>NewsGuard rating criteria<br />
<a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanation-of-ratings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanati</a><a href="https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV</a><a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanation-of-ratings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">on-of-ratings/</a></p> <a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanation-of-ratings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanati</a><a href="https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV</a><a href="https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/criteria-for-and-explanation-of-ratings/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">on-of-ratings/</a></p>
<p>Steven Brill, Newsguard: Contribution to: “Report from fact-checking organisations: How can the fact-checking community help ensure a fair public debate?” – Conference “Countering online disinformation”, European Commission.<br /> <p>Steven Brill, Newsguard: Contribution to: “Report from fact-checking organisations: How can the fact-checking community help ensure a fair public debate?” – Conference “Countering online disinformation”, European Commission.<br />
Start 4:13:12, reference: 4:20:50<br /> Start 4:13:12, reference: 4:20:50<br />
<a href="http://videos.freecaster.com/fc/freecaster/ElcOMGcbxq_720p.mp4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://videos.freecaster.com/fc/freecaster/ElcOMGcbxq_720p.mp4</a></p> <a href="http://videos.freecaster.com/fc/freecaster/ElcOMGcbxq_720p.mp4" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://videos.freecaster.com/fc/freecaster/ElcOMGcbxq_720p.mp4</a></p>
<p>NewsGuard Information and Webinar. In: News for Pennsylvania libraries<br /> <p>NewsGuard Information and Webinar. In: News for Pennsylvania libraries<br />
<a href="https://compendium.ocl-pa.org/newsguard-information-and-webinar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://compendium.ocl-pa.org/newsguard-information-and-webinar/</a></p> <a href="https://compendium.ocl-pa.org/newsguard-information-and-webinar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://compendium.ocl-pa.org/newsguard-information-and-webinar/</a></p>
<p>Toledo Lucas County Public Library Joins NewsGuard in News Literacy Partnership<br /> <p>Toledo Lucas County Public Library Joins NewsGuard in News Literacy Partnership<br />
<a href="http://tell.toledo.com/2019/01/30/toledo-lucas-county-public-library-joins-newsguard-in-news-literacy-partnership/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://tell.toledo.com/2019/01/30/toledo-lucas-county-public-library-joins-newsguard-in-news-literacy-partnership/</a></p> <a href="http://tell.toledo.com/2019/01/30/toledo-lucas-county-public-library-joins-newsguard-in-news-literacy-partnership/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://tell.toledo.com/2019/01/30/toledo-lucas-county-public-library-joins-newsguard-in-news-literacy-partnership/</a></p>
<p>NewsGuard’s ‘real news’ seal of approval helps spark change in fake news era. Kenneth Li, Reuters<br /> <p>NewsGuard’s ‘real news’ seal of approval helps spark change in fake news era. Kenneth Li, Reuters<br />
<a href="https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV</a></p> <a href="https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSKCN1PQ5FV</a></p>
  <p>Rhett Jones: Microsoft Thought It&#8217;d Be a Good Idea to Add a &#8216;Fake News&#8217; Tracker in the Edge Browser<br />
  <a href="https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-thought-itd-be-a-good-idea-to-add-a-fake-news-1831984231" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://gizmodo.com/microsoft-thought-itd-be-a-good-idea-to-add-a-fake-news-1831984231</a></p>
  <p>Whitney Webb: How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media<br />
  <a href="https://www.mintpressnews.com/newsguardneocon-backed-fact-checker-plans-to-wage-war-on-independent-media/253687/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.mintpressnews.com/newsguardneocon-backed-fact-checker-plans-to-wage-war-on-independent-media/253687/</a></p>
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