NewsGuard Now Available on Microsoft Edge Mobile Apps for iOS and Android
(New York, Jan. 16, 2019) Today, NewsGuard announced that users of Microsoft Edge mobile apps on iOS and Android can now access NewsGuard’s Green and Red ratings and “Nutrition Label” write ups of news and information websites.
NewsGuard’s ratings cover websites that account for 96 percent of engagement online in the U.S. These ratings by NewsGuard’s trained journalists are based on nine journalistic criteria of credibility and transparency, applied equally to all news websites. In addition to the Green or Red rating, Microsoft Edge mobile users can also access a NewsGuard “Nutrition Label” write up about each website, explaining why the NewsGuard analysts rated the site generally reliable if it is rated Green or advise readers to proceed with caution if it is rated Red.
“Safe browsing includes providing our customers access to solutions that can help avoid misleading content, and so we are delighted to be able to provide NewsGuard’s tools within the Microsoft Edge mobile apps,” said Marc Wautier, Group Program Manager, Microsoft.
“NewsGuard provides a journalistic solution to a journalism problem,” said Steven Brill, Co-CEO of NewsGuard. “Our ratings and write ups give people more information about the sites they see online. We apply the nine standard journalistic benchmarks for credibility and transparency in a fully disclosed and apolitical manner. We do not block any news, which would violate free speech values. Instead, we simply bring more information to news consumers.”
“Releasing on the Microsoft Edge mobile apps is a milestone in the fight to bring consumers the information they need to counter false information, misinformation and disinformation online,” said Gordon Crovitz, Co-CEO of NewsGuard. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Microsoft, which is taking the lead among technology companies in providing its users with the information they need to counter unreliable news sources.”
Microsoft announced its work with NewsGuard in August, 2018, as part of its Defending Democracy Program, at that time sponsoring the browser extension version of NewsGuard. Public libraries across the country have since provided NewsGuard on the computers used by library patrons.
Launched in March 2018 by media entrepreneur Steven Brill and former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz, NewsGuard provides credibility and transparency ratings and detailed “Nutrition Labels” for thousands of news and information websites. They are conducted by trained analysts with diverse backgrounds, who review and describe the websites’ adherence to nine journalistic criteria. NewsGuard’s ratings are available to consumers who download NewsGuard’s browser extension for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari browsers and are displayed next to links in users’ search engine results and social media feeds and are available directly to users of Microsoft Edge mobile apps for iOS and Android. For more information: www.newsguardtech.com.