Have you ever clicked a link totaken to a page that you've never heard of and asked yourself if what you read is real, or ? Of course you have. It's 2018 and the lines between the three blur more and more during the day. Even for a trained eye, some websites require a double shot or a closer look at the finer details to see if you're really on the site you expected.
Luckily, Eyeo, the company behindwants to fight this Internet gray area with its new browser extension TrustedNews and clean it up for everyone. And this is how it works:
How to Install TrustedNews
Unfortunately, TrustedNews is currently only available for Chrome, so if you're usingSafari or another browser, you'll have to wait for the company to expand.
If you're using Chrome, open a new tab and go to trusted-news.com and click Get TrustedNews for Chrome . This will take you to the Chrome Web Store. There you must click on Add to Chrome . And that's it. The extension is immediately to work, no setup required.
When you visit a news page, the extension icon in the Chrome menu in the upper-right corner of the browser will tell you if the source is trusted or not.
How TrustedNews Works
The TrustedNews extension is based on the MetaCert protocol and uses sources such as Snopes and PolitiFact to "measure the truthfulness of message content."
When you visit a website, this website is rated. If it's a trusted site, the icon will appear in the Chrome menu with a green check mark. Clicking on this icon will give you a brief summary of why it is considered trustworthy. Here are some of the other possible ratings or conditions TrustedNews can provide:
- Unknown : Insufficient data prevents TrustedNews from rating the site.
- Untrustworthy : A Web site knowingly publishes false or misleading information.
- Satire : A site that publishes satirical content and is
- Biased : A site that publishes politically biased information and represents "unproven or distorted views"
- Malicious : One Website that attacks your computer with malware, phishing, viruses, spyware or other threats to your privacy or your computer.
- Clickbait : A Web site that knowingly uses misleading titles to drive readers to increase traffic and revenue.
- User Generated Content
- : A page or site that contains content generated by third parties. This could be a social media site like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, or it could be something like a Tumblr blog.
In our time, which tests TrustedNews, it seems to work pretty well to tag sites with an obvious bias Biased label and recording of The Onion and Clickhole as satire . All typical social sites have been flagged as User-Generated Content and most of the factual sites we visit have been given the green checkmark.
However, many websites still do not have enough data to give TrustedNews a fair rating. That should change in the future, as more and more people use the extension.
If you click on the extension icon to get more information about the rating, there is a section that says, "Submit a review for this review (coming soon))." For sites that are still under flying the radar of the partners of TrustedNews, the community can determine the reliability of a website.
Eyeo told TechCrunch that the company has worked with MetaCert Protocol to create a game mechanic that provides feedback on a site's reliability. It also has a plan to decentralize the database of feedback submitted by users by putting them on the blockchain of Ethereum
TrustedNews does not require any effort to use, so there is no reason not to use it. Simply install the extension and look in the right corner of your browser window when visiting an unknown website to get a sense of how trustworthy a site is. As it improves over time and gains a broader database, it's even better to finally put an end to the false news.