NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not.

Our Green-Red ratings signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.

Readers have more context for their news online.

And advertisers worried about their brands’ reputations keep their ads off unreliable news sites.

NewsGuard also provides “Nutrition Label” write-ups on all the news and information websites among the 4,500 sites that account for 98% of online engagement in the U.S., in English.

A SWAT team of NewsGuard analysts operates 24/7 to identify suddenly trending purveyors of unreliable news among sites that NewsGuard has not yet rated and warn internet users about them in real time.

After launching in the U.S., NewsGuard will expand to serve the billions of people globally who get news online.

Our goal is to give everyone the information they need to be better informed about which news sources they can rely on—or can’t rely on.

Get the Browser Extension

We tell you if a news site is reliable—right in your browser

  1. You can install the NewsGuard plugin in either your Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari browser with one click.
  2. As you browse the news, you’ll see the NewsGuard icon next to news links on search engines and social media feeds, such as Google, Bing, Facebook and Twitter. Green rated sites follow basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Red rated sites do not. Orange rated sites refer to platforms, purple rated sites indicate satire sites, and gray rated sites are those we are in the process of rating and reviewing.
  3. Hover your mouse over the NewsGuard icon for a brief description of each site and why it received its rating. Click “See the full Nutrition Label” to read a longer description of the site and how it rates on each of our nine criteria.

Get the extension version of NewsGuard for your browser

This extension is available only via browsers. NewsGuard will be available on mobile devices when the digital platforms such as social media sites and search engines or mobile operating systems add our ratings and Nutrition Labels directly.

(Note: We do not collect any personal data of any kind from those using our extension.)

For Advertisers

Finally, a way to protect brand safety by keeping ads off unreliable news websites.

The NewsGuard rating of news websites separates sites that are doing reliable journalism from purveyors of false or misleading news or disinformation. Advertisers use the NewsGuard ratings to build a list of reliable news sites safe for advertising and to keep ads off inappropriate sites.

Brand safety
By licensing the NewsGuard ratings, advertisers limit their advertising, including programmatic advertising, to sites that meet the NewsGuard criteria. Advertisers use this data and related information about sites to craft efficient—and safe—ad campaigns.

Ad tech companies have software to keep brands safe from hate speech and pornography. But artificial intelligence cannot root out false news because false news is designed to look like real news. NewsGuard adds an extra layer of protection as the only process that involves human beings—trained journalists—reviewing every website.

For Libraries

A news literacy tool librarians include on the computers they provide their patrons.

Libraries across the country can add the NewsGuard browser plug-in to the computers used by their patrons, which helps librarians in their efforts to improve news literacy. This browser plug-in is free for librarians and their patrons and has full privacy protections.

A free browser plug-in
Librarians have long been champions of news literacy. By providing the free NewsGuard browser on library computers, librarians help patrons become better informed about the sources of news they encounter online.

Librarians share this “Who’s Feeding You the News?” information sheet about NewsGuard with their patrons. In addition to being able to being able to use the NewsGuard browser plug-in while accessing the internet while at the library, patrons can download the NewsGuard plug-in for free on their own desktop or laptop computer.

For Educators

A research tool to help students better understand the news and information they consume online

From K-12 teachers to university professors, educators at all levels are looking for ways to teach news literacy and how to evaluate sources. Educators can use NewsGuard in a civics classroom, a journalism curriculum, or a language arts class.

A free browser plug-in
NewsGuard’s browser extension provides students with detailed information about the credibility and transparency of the websites they encounter both inside the classroom and in their social media feeds. This browser extension is free for all consumers and has full privacy protections.

Download our free News Literacy Guide containing a lesson plan, exercises, and an explanation of how to use the NewsGuard extension. Interested in using NewsGuard with your students?

In The News
November 7, 2018

NewsGuard Creates Ratings System to See if Websites Provide Legitimate News or Misinformation

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October 31, 2018

New tool helps stand guard against fake news

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October 16, 2018

Finding common ground in rating media

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August 27, 2018

How NewsGuard Helps Consumers Fight Fake News (video)

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