NewsGuard for Researchers

Reliability ratings and descriptive metadata for 6,000+ widely-consumed news and information websites

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.

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University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility Uses NewsGuard Data in Its Iffy Quotient

University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility Uses NewsGuard Data in Its Iffy Quotient

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.

 
 

Researchers at Dartmouth, Indiana, and South Florida use NewsGuard’s Index to develop improved content recommendation algorithms

Researchers at Dartmouth, Indiana, and South Florida use NewsGuard’s Index to develop improved content recommendation algorithms

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.

Other use cases and information:

11/16/2020University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility
Racism, election overtake COVID-19 as ‘iffy’ news on popular social sites
10/12/2020The German Marshall Fund of the United States
New Study by Digital New Deal Finds Engagement with Deceptive Outlets Higher on Facebook Today Than Run-up to 2016 Election
08/19/2020Avaaz
Facebook’s Algorithm: A Major Threat to Public Health
07/22/2020University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility
People ‘fly to quality’ news on social sites when faced with uncertainty
05/01/2020The German Marshall Fund of the United States
The Rise of the Parapolitical Sites as the Leading False-Content Producers
03/25/2020The German Marshall Fund of the United States
New Report: U.S. Information Ecosystem Woefully Unprepared Amidst Coronavirus and 2020 Election Disinformation
07/23/2019University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility
U-M’s Iffy Quotient shows steady drop of questionable information on social media, partners with NewsGuard for better data