Microsoft has installed a new news filter into its Edge mobile web browser, which provides users with uninvited assessments of the credibility of various news outlets. Predictably, the scoring of Microsoft’s filter is heavily biased towards establishment and legacy media outlets.
Microsoft’s filter, called “Newsguard,” assigns a “red,” or unreliable, scoring to several outlets that present a conservative or anti-establishment perspective. Some platforms it deems to be dangerous to Edge users include Breitbart, the Daily Mail and Drudge Report.
All of these platforms are widely popular and well read, with the Daily Mail being the third-highest circulating digital news outlet in the United Kingdom, and the Drudge Report serving as the most widely viewed news aggregator in the United States for at least a decade.
Wikileaks is also given a red scoring for supposed unreliability, despite never releasing inauthentic documents and serving as a neutral political accountability platform.
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