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Helping advertisers avoid risk from misinformation.

BrandGuard is the only humanly generated, constantly updated solution to help advertisers, agencies, and ad-tech companies make decisions adhering to their standards for advertising on credible news sites and avoiding misinformation sources.

Our team of analysts reviews thousands of news and information sites, covering 95% of online engagement in each market, to certify trustworthy news sites while flagging untrustworthy domains that spread dangerous misinformation and conspiracy theories or pose as legitimate news sources.

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NewsGuard’s ratings help brands identify trustworthy news sites and avoid misinformation.

Responsible ad placements for news—powered by human intelligence.

Powered by NewsGuard’s journalist-curated trust ratings for thousands of online news and information sources, BrandGuard provides rich data about online news sources that advertisers use to avoid ad placements on misinformation, disinformation, and untrustworthy news sources inconsistent with their brand safety standards. At the same time, BrandGuard helps advertisers identify credible, trusted news sources to include in their ad campaigns, expanding reach, lowering CPMs, and improving performance.

Brands can use NewsGuard’s data to craft custom news inclusion or exclusion lists based on their standards. Advertisers can use NewsGuard’s more than 30 data and metadata points to create filters for different categories of content, such as health misinformation, anti-vaccine hoaxes, political conspiracy theories, and other brand-unsafe or brand-unsuitable content.

Request a free inventory analysis to find out whether your ads are appearing on sites you might consider pose a reputation risk—and learn more about how NewsGuard can protect you.

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Advertising using NewsGuard means:

  • Saving money with campaign efficiencies: lower CPMs and improved cost-per-reach
  • Increased click-through rates from highly engaged news consumers
  • Sending ad revenue to quality news – instead of sites that don’t meet a brand’s standards
  • Meeting corporate responsibility goals with your advertising budget
  • Reaching diverse-owned media and sites that serve minority communities

“With NewsGuard, you’re evaluating inventory based on quality metrics, as opposed to arbitrary classifications of a website.”

Joshua Lowcock

Chief Digital Officer, UM Worldwide

“In working with NewsGuard, we can provide our clients deeper granularity to curate the right inventory and  support publishers with editorial integrity.”

Megan Pagliuca

Chief Activation Officer, Omnicom Media Group NA

“Relying on the platforms and DSPs is not enough. You really do need to have a third party like NewsGuard to come in and tell us that two of the three news sources cited are being funded by state-sponsored elements.”

Yale Cohen

EVP Global Digital Standards, Publicis Groupe

“The independent verification of a reputable solution such as NewsGuard will allow us to be nuanced and ethically minded in our approach to buying media. Thus, we’ll be continuing to protect our clients whilst allowing us to work with our partners to adhere to our mutual values of inclusivity.”

Azad Ali

Head of Performance Insight, Spark Foundry

Special Reports

Detailed analyses of how brands can inadvertently fund misinformation through their ad placements

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