What you need to know
- NewsGuard and Microsoft announced an expanded partnership.
- Microsoft Edge users have access to NewsGuard for free.
- The partnership also includes Microsoft Bing gaining access to real-time data from NewsGuard.
Microsoft and NewsGuard announced an expanded partnership today. As part of the agreement, Microsoft will continue to sponsor NewsGuard's literacy programs. According to NewsGuard, these programs deliver NewsGuard to more than seven million patrons in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy through over 700 libraries. The literacy programs will expand into Australia and Canada later this year as well as other countries in the future. NewsGuard announced the expanded partnership earlier this week.
NewsGuard uses trained journalists to review and rate the credibility of news websites and the social media accounts of news sites. When you use NewsGuard, you see a rating next to links in search engine results and in social media feeds. NewsGuard usually costs $2.95 per month but as part of the partnership will be free to all Microsoft Edge users on both desktop and mobile devices. NewsGuard was already integrated into Microosft Edge on mobile devices before this announcement. Microsoft's Bing search engine will also have access to real-time data from NewsGuard as part of the new agreement.
Inside Microsoft, all Microsoft departments can now use NewsGuard ratings and labels in their products and services. NewsGuard highlights the Defending Democracy Program and teams within Microsoft Research who work to health care hoaxes, misinformation, and disinformation.
NewsGuard also announced that Kate O'Sullivan, general manager of digital diplomacy, Microsoft joined the global advisory board of NewsGuard.
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