A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced a NewsGuard integration for the Android version of its Edge browser. Since then, the feature has only been available to testers using the Microsoft Edge beta app on Google's platform. Today, Microsoft has announced NewsGuard in Edge is now available to all Android users.
Microsoft rolled out NewsGuard for Edge back last year, although the company has not mentioned anything about rolling it out for Windows 10. The lack of desktop support is worrying, but then Fake News is typically spread through social networks on mobile devices.
NewsGuard is a website that rates news items based on their legitimacy. It is a valuable tool in the fight against the spread of fake news, which has moved into the spotlight in recent years. Google Chrome already has NewsGuard support, which is also available on Windows 10.
“NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not.”
While Edge is now better protected against Fake news, Microsoft would point users towards Microsoft News. The company's news aggregating replacement for MSN News is available on iOS and Android. Microsoft says its News app is free from fake news.
Last month, Darren Laybourn, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft News described how the company prevents fake news on its service.
The executive confirmed Microsoft uses a team of 800 employees located around the world to curate content. Laybourn says the company uses machine learning and AI solutions to help with finding fake news.