NewsGuard

NewsGuard

NewsGuard's red/green rating and labels help users know which news and information websites to trust.

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What is NewsGuard?
NewsGuard is a Firefox add-on that provides accurate reliability ratings and labels for information and news sources. It helps users discern trustworthy news websites and stay away from misinformation and disinformation. These site ratings are done by a professional team of journalists using nine basic, unbiased journalistic criteria. The add-on covers all news sites comprising 95% of online engagement.
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Stats
By: NewsGuard
Rating: 3.37 (241)
Version: 5.6 (Last updated: 2023-11-28)
Creation date: 2018-08-14
Weekly download count: 13
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • tabs
  • storage
  • https://*/
  • nativeMessaging
Size: 1.71M
Stats date:

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Summary

NewsGuard's reliability ratings for news and information sources help users make decisions about which news sources to trust—and avoid misinformation and disinformation.

Our ratings, scores, and Nutrition Labels for websites are displayed next to links on search engines and social media platforms and cover all the news websites accounting for 95% of online engagement.

Ratings are conducted by a team of experienced journalists using nine basic, apolitical journalistic criteria. Each site receives a trust score of 0-100, an overall rating level ranging from “High Credibility” to “Proceed with Caution,” and a thorough Nutrition Label report detailing the site’s ownership and financing, content, credibility practices, transparency practices, and history.

NewsGuard is for personal use only. Any commercial, research, or other non-personal use of NewsGuard is strictly prohibited by our Terms of Service: https://www.newsguardtech.com/terms-of-service/

User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Firefox Browser Add-ons does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
Pros
  • Plugin is useful for identifying trustworthy news sources.
  • Ratings are well-researched, explained, and include sources.
  • Provides a sense of safety and comfort by filtering out untrustworthy news.
Cons
  • Considered not impartial by some users.
  • Requires payment or sign-up for full features, which is off-putting for some.
  • Seen as a form of censorship, particularly against conservative views.
  • Criticism for potential privacy issues and data collection.
Most mentioned
  • Requirement of payment or sign-up
  • Bias and partiality in fact checking
  • Censorship concerns, especially for conservative content
  • Data privacy and potential for data breaches
  • Comparison to Orwell's 'Ministry of Truth' and '1984'
Recent reviews
Extension does nothing without paying for a subscription.
by MisterAlex, 2024-04-04

Warning False fact checking. This filter isn't impartial.
by Vikne, 2024-02-09
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Safety
Risk impact

NewsGuard is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install NewsGuard if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

NewsGuard is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this add-on.

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