WikiLeaks has blasted news-rating app NewsGuard after it gave the whistleblower site a ‘red’ rating, warning users that WikiLeaks “fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy” despite its perfect record.
NewsGuard claims to help combat fake news online and defend against “disinformation” but its links to the US government have caused some to call its objectivity into question.
In a tweet responding to the news that Microsoft has partnered with NewsGuard to add it as an extension to its Edge web browser by default, WikiLeaks claimed the news-rating app was “pushing US security state news imperialism across the world” and reminded users that WikiLeaks has a “perfect” record on accuracy. Since its beginnings, no documents published by WikiLeaks were ever found to be inauthentic.
Microsoft adds neocon app "NewsGuard" to its Edge webrowser by default pushing U.S. security state news imperialism across the world. Gives green tick rating for Voice of America & Fox News but red mark for @WikiLeaks despite admitting perfect accuracy. https://t.co/gn4Cq22507 pic.twitter.com/atd0Ouucdy
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 14, 2019
In fact, buried within its lengthy warning label for WikiLeaks, NewsGuard actually admits that the site has never published fake information, saying that the information it has published has “never been shown to be fake” and that there are no confirmed cases of any published documents being “doctored” either.
Buried in @NewsGuardRating's 'RED' warning label for @WikiLeaks, they admit that NO documents ever published by the site have ever turned out to be fake. Strange how former CIA and NSA directors don't want you reading WikiLeaks, isn't it? pic.twitter.com/zLrK95QqBr
— Danielle Ryan (@DanielleRyanJ) January 15, 2019
NewsGuard browser extension rates news and information sites according to nine criteria, one of which is that a site “regularly corrects or clarifies errors.” WikiLeaks was given a red rating on this point, despite NewsGuard admitting that it has only ever published accurate information. WikiLeaks responded on Twitter to say that it does not regularly publish corrections “as a result of literally having nothing to retract.” WikiLeaks branded the extension “ridiculous” and slammed Microsoft for having “any association” with it.'
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