The News Website Reliability Index, which provides an independent benchmark for differentiating between generally reliable and generally unreliable news and information sites, powers research studying misinformation, electoral integrity, media literacy, and other aspects of online news consumption habits.
The CSMR’s “Iffy Quotient” tool tracks the proportion of unreliable websites shared on Facebook and Twitter. The team uses NewsGuard’s ratings as a benchmark for distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sites. Read more about this use case here.
A project led by Brendan Nyhan from Dartmouth College, Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia from the University of South Florida, and Filippo Menczer and Alessandro Flammini from Indiana University used the Index to study how to improve the diversity of information circulating on social media. Read the full report here.