PC Doctor February 3, 2020

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Dear PC Doctor:

A friend was telling me about an app that helps you tell if a news article you’re reading is true or not. It might have been called New Guard. What can you tell me about it?



Dear Heidi:

You might be thinking of NewsGuard. It’s a web browser extension that you can download. NewsGuard employs journalists and editors to rate websites based on a series of criteria encompassing credibility and transparency. You can learn more about their process here: https://www.newsguardtech.com/ratings/rating-process-criteria/

Other sites that might be of interest to you are:

PolitiFact, a fact-checking website run by the Poynter Institute. It rates the accuracy of statements in the media. You can learn more about PolitiFact at https://www.politifact.com/

AllSides, which presents trending topics from left, right & center perspectives. AllSides also publishes bias ratings for many media outlets and writers. www.allsides.com

FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Their mission is to monitor factual accuracy of politicians’ statements.

Until next time,

Happy Computing!

PC Doctor

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