With the latest update to the mobile version of its Edge browser,. The Edge app now includes a rating system called NewsGuard that alerts you to the trustworthiness of a website. Previously, NewsGuard was available only as an extension to the desktop version of Edge.
But can I trust NewsGuard?
NewsGuard uses actual humans -- journalists and analysts -- to determine if a website is on the level rather than relying on an algorithm that can be tricked or gamed.
Next to a site's URL at the top of Edge, you'll see a red icon if a site is dubious and a green icon if it can be trusted. Tap the icon to get a brief description of the rating. For Breitbart, for example, NewsGuard warns, "Proceed with caution: this website generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability."
You can then tap to See the full Nutrition Label, which provides a summary of the site and how it meets or fails to meet various journalist standards.
How to enable NewsGuard on mobile
NewsGuard is included with the latest update to the mobile Edge app, but it's not enabled by default. To turn on NewsGuards, tap the triple-dot button in the lower right and go to Settings > News rating and toggle on Display rating on the address bar.
How to enable NewsGuard on a computer
On the desktop version of Edge, you still need to install the NewsGuard extension from the Windows Store.