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Microsoft's mobile Edge browser will warn users about fake news

By midian182 · 10 replies
Jan 23, 2019
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  1. The feature comes through a partnership with third-party startup NewsGuard and is part of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy program. NewsGuard rates sites based on nine criteria, such as not repeatedly publishing false content, avoiding deceptive headlines, and clearly labeling paid-for content.

    NewsGuard had been available as an optional extension for Edge, but Microsoft is now rolling it out as a built-in feature in the mobile version of its browser. Its creators hope this will be the first step before a broader rollout across multiple platforms.

    As noted by the Guardian, Edge is warning those who visit the Mail Online that “the site regularly publishes content that has damaged reputations, caused widespread alarm, or constituted harassment or invasion of privacy.” Much like the Kremlin-backed RT news service, the Mail scores just one out of five for credibility.

    NewsGuard co-founder Steve Brill says websites with poor ratings should complain to his firm and not Microsoft. “They can blame us. And we’re happy to be blamed. Unlike the platforms we’re happy to be accountable,” he said.

    One of the problems with this initiative is Edge's relatively low popularity. On desktop, it’s the preferred browser of choice for just 4.3 percent of users, whereas Chrome boasts 64.15 percent. The figure is even lower on mobile, where Edge has only a 0.07 percent share.

    Yesterday brought news that WhatsApp was trying to stop the spread of fake news by prohibiting users from forwarding messages more than five times.

    Image credit: Faizal Ramli via Shutterstock

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,710   +4,047

    If this were the case and they are more than reasonably convinced it is fake news, why don't they simply block it? It's one thing to regulate free speech but quite another to regulate fake speech ...... or is it?
    learninmypc likes this.
  3. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Maniac Posts: 272   +221

    If that was the case they'd have to block all mainstream media.
  4. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Evangelist Posts: 444   +520

    .07% is laughable. I didn't even know there was a mobile version of Edge until about 45 seconds ago.
    senketsu and learninmypc like this.
  5. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 584   +299

    Biased news doesn't equate to "fake news".
  6. vhfan

    vhfan TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +36

    You would have to be a complete ***** to watch any news these days , it's not just biased it's 100% outright lies .

    Try googling a political question , there is nothing but page after page after page of 100% fake news links , we all know the sources that were named by Wikileaks as fake news .

    (Cnn, Msnbc,Abc,Cbs, Nbc, HuffPost, NYT, WashPost, The AP, BuzzFeed, Politico, NewsWeek, The Hill, Rolling Stone, Sky News, USA Today, Time, LA Times, Reuters, BBC, Boston Globe, Vox, The Miami Herald, Mother Jones, HLN Yahoo, MSN, NY Daily News, Vice, Univision, People, PBS, NPR, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Daily Beast, Bloomberg, Aurn, National Journal, BI)

    The above sources are NEVER EVER to be trusted .

    Nobody but the dumbest of the dumb questions Wikileaks , even Jimmy Carter ( Yes, the peanut) said the below about Wikileaks and I quote:

    " I do not deplore the Wikileaks revelations , they just made public what was actually the truth , most often the revelation of truth, even if it's unpleasant is beneficial" end quote .

    Want to know whats real trustworthy news , look for news sites that the left are criticizing as fake news and want to get rid of , everything google, facebook and twitter say is not trustworthy is 100% CONFIRMED FACTUAL TRUSTWORTHY NEWS .
    kombu and Arne Saknussemm like this.
  7. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 299   +213

    This is the plan first tell you it's bad. Then block you from it. Then only authorized media only will follow. The end goal is end our free flow of information. Without information we'll be easy to control.
  8. https://www.adfontesmedia.com/ (This site I recommend using over Newsguard because there's a cool graph)
    I swear for the love of god can you link to the exact page stating this. I can not for the life of me use wikileaks's search system.
    Edit: wait you're that one guy I already asked this question to but never responded
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 23, 2019
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,920   +630

    The only fake news is what comes out of trumps mouth
  10. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Maniac Posts: 272   +221

    I have nothing against biased news, at least when they state what side they're on. However, when clips are cherry picked and consistently and purposely taken out of context to push their agenda, then yes, it equates to "fake news," as you put it.
    senketsu likes this.
  11. Dustyn

    Dustyn TS Booster Posts: 105   +42

    Edge is dead... Long live Internet Explorer.

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