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Fake News Spotter: How to activate NewsGuard from Microsoft Edge



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With the latest update of the mobile version of the Edge Browser Microsoft has stepped up efforts to combat counterfeit news . The Edge app now includes a rating system called NewsGuard, which alerts you to the trustworthiness of a website. Previously, NewsGuard was only available as an extension of the desktop version of Edge.

But can I trust NewsGuard?

NewsGuard uses real people ̵

1; journalists and analysts – to see if a website is up to par, rather than relying on an algorithm that can be tricked or played.

In addition to the URL of a site at the top of Edge, a red icon appears if a site is questionable and a green icon if it is trusted. Tap the icon for a brief description of the rating. For Breitbart, for example, NewsGuard warns: "Be careful: this site generally does not meet the basic standards of accuracy and accountability."

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Screenshot by Matt Elliott / CNET

You can then tap . See the full Nutrition Label which includes a summary of the site and how it meets or does not meet various journalistic standards.] NewsGuard is included in the latest Mobile Edge app update, but is not enabled by default. To turn NewsGuards on, tap the with triple-point button at the bottom right and go to Settings> Message rating and check the option.

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Screenshot by Matt Elliott / CNET

How to Enable NewsGuard on a Computer

You must still install the NewsGuard extension from the Windows Store on the desktop version of Edge.


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