NewsGuard, the service that rates news sites for reliability and transparency, is now free for all Microsoft Edge users. The service was free for mobile Edge users (iOS and Android), but now the Edge desktop extension is also free. Chrome and Firefox users still have to pay $ 2.95 per month.
The goal of NewsGuard is to help you determine whether you can trust the news you read. It rates news sites on different criteria, for example if it repeatedly spreads false news or is open to admitting mistakes. If you are on a satire site, the site will not be rated but marked as satire so you will know it completely.
It has not yet evaluated every site (because the internet is large), but if you are on a website being viewed, you will get a green, yellow or red badge based on the score. If you want to know more, you can click to find out the details.
Transparency and reliability are commendable goals, but you may be reluctant to pay $ 2.95 a month for a service that requires a certain amount of trust itself. Thanks to a collaboration with Microsoft, all Edge users can now use NewsGuard for free.
Microsoft added NewsGuard to the iOS and Android versions of Edge last year. But now the desktop extension is also free to use. You have to download it from the Microsoft Store. Chrome and Firefox users still have to pay, but if you have both multiple browsers installed, you can install the Edge version to check sites if you have questions.
Source: NewsGuard via ZDNet