Microsoft recently announced a new partnership with Newsguard to provide Newsguard services to Microsoft Edge users free of charge. In return, Microsoft will continue to sponsor Newsguard’s news literacy program. Newsguard was launched in 2018 by journalist Steven Brill and former Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz.
The service hires journalists to rate websites based on nine non-political standards of news practice. These sites will then get a trust rating of 0-100, if they are trusted, they will be given a green badge, and if they are not trusted, they will be given a red badge.
Newsguard is currently available as a browser extension on all major browsers for $2.95 a month. Under a new agreement with Microsoft, Edge users will be able to enjoy the service without paying a monthly fee. Microsoft has now integrated News Guard’s scoring capabilities into Microsoft’s Edge Mobile. In addition, Microsoft Bing will be able to obtain real-time data for NewsGuard.
Gordon Crovitz, co-founder of NewsGuard, says:
We are pleased to be able to expand our partnership with Microsoft, which is a leader in taking steps to address the unintended consequences of new technologies.
Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president of corporate security and trust for customers, says:
Using tools like NewsGuard is critical, getting people the information they need to evaluate what they see online and helping them make informed decisions.
Combating false information is a key part of our plan to defend democracy. NewsGuard’s work has become particularly important because of its pioneering efforts to root out online scams related to health and health issues, including those related to Covid-19. We are proud to have contributed in this regard.