- Axios: Coming this fall: “nutrition labels” for news
- CBS: New venture aims to combat “fake news” on social media with warning labels
- The Wall Street Journal: A New Business Takes On Fake News
- CNN: This start-up wants to evaluate your news sources
- Washington Post: A journalistic fix for fake news? A new venture seeks to take on the epidemic.
- Business Insider: The former publisher of the Wall Street Journal says Facebook and Google don’t really want to be the ones solving their fake news problem — so he hopes to do it for them
- Ad Week: Will This Rating Platform Really Protect Your Brand From Fake News?
- Nieman Labs: This new initiative deploys humans to review, research, and rate U.S. news sites
- MSNBC Video: Veteran Journalist launching new venture to weed out ‘fake news’
- With NewsGuard, 2 Longtime Journalists Enlist in War on Fake News
- MediaPost: Brill, Crovitz Launch NewsGuard To Rate Sources, Fight Fake News
- The Observer: Can Human Journalists Beat Algorithms at Sniffing Out Fake News?
- Washington Examiner: Steve Brill’s plan: How not to address the fake news problem
- MediaPost: Why NewsGuard, Aimed At Fighting Fake News, Won’t Work
- AFP: NewsGuard, new venture to combat ‘fake news’
- CNBC: News Guard tackling ‘fake news’ epidemic
- Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson speech citing NewsGuard, “Cyberspace is the New Battlespace:” https://lawfareblog.com/cyberspace-new-battlespace
In my view self-regulation by private internet access providers is the best solution. And increased public skepticism about what we read and see.
This past weekend a pioneering journalist named Steven Brill, founder of the American lawyer magazine and Court TV, formally announced that he’s formed a new company called NewsGuard. It’s mission: reliability ratings for sources of on-line news, as determined by an independent team of journalists: green for trustworthy, yellow for consistently biased or inaccurate, or red for deliberately deceptive. Those that provide the platform for on-line news would need to incorporate the ratings into search results.
We face a threat to our very democracy. For, if voters cannot make informed and rationale choices about their leaders or their views on the issues, free of covert foreign influence, there is no true democracy.