NewsGuard is an extension that is designed to warn readers of sites it considers are dispensing information of a dubious quality.
Well this is amazing and going to lead to a lawsuit. In the mobile version of Edge, Microsoft ship and enable a plugin called Newsguard which flags fake news sources. They’ve flagged the entire of @DailyMailUK ? pic.twitter.com/bUf6lTQ0H1— Kevin "Business 4.1(tm)" Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) January 23, 2019
The blacklisting of the Daily Mail UK was noticed by British security researcher Kevin Beaumont, who tweeted: "Well this is amazing and going to lead to a lawsuit. In the mobile version of Edge, Microsoft ship and enable a plugin called Newsguard which flags fake news sources. They’ve flagged the entire of @DailyMailUK."
The extension has listed the following Daily Mail entities: "The website of the Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, its sister publication, the Mail on Sunday, and MailOnline, the Daily Mail's online newsroom. The site repeatedly publishes false information and has been forced to pay damages in numerous high-profile cases."
"And advertisers worried about their brands’ reputations keep their ads off unreliable news sites.
glorious! pic.twitter.com/RfzgERDT3Y— SecurityJunkie (@sec_junkie) January 23, 2019
"NewsGuard also provides “Nutrition Label” write-ups of the more than 2000 news and information sites that account for 96% of online engagement in the US in English.
"A SWAT team of NewsGuard analysts operates 24/7 to identify suddenly trending purveyors of unreliable news among sites that NewsGuard has not yet rated and warn internet users about them in real time."
NewsGuard lists Fox News as a credible source.
The BBC reported that the Daily Mail was trying to get its site's classification changed in the NewsGuard extension.
"We have only very recently become aware of the NewsGuard start-up and are in discussions with them to have this egregiously erroneous classification resolved as soon as possible," a spokesman for Mail Online said.
A Microsoft spokesperson claimed the extension was not enabled by default in the mobile version.
“Microsoft is partnering with NewsGuard to offer the NewsGuard browser extension on Microsoft Edge, and a feature in Microsoft Edge mobile apps for iOS and Android to help our customers evaluate news sources. Across both the browser and the apps, NewsGuard is optional and customers need to take action if they want to use the feature," the spokesperson added.