BRITISH PARLIAMENT ENDORSES FITZ GATE PORTFOLIO COMPANY NEWSGUARD
(Excerpt) "Greater public understanding of what people read on social media has been helped by organisations working towards greater transparency on content. For example, journalists at the NewsGuard company apply nine criteria relating to credibility and transparency to news and information website—using ‘Nutrition Labels’, explaining each website’s history, ownership, financing and transparency. In January 2019, Microsoft integrated NewsGuard’s ratings into its Edge mobile browser."
"Social media users need online tools to help them distinguish between quality journalism, and stories coming from organisations that have been linked to disinformation or are regarded as being unreliable sources. The social media companies should be required to either develop tools like this for themselves, or work with existing providers, such as NewsGuard, to make such services available for their users. The requirement for social media companies to introduce these measures could form part of a new system of content regulation, based on a statutory code, and overseen by an independent regulator, as we have discussed earlier in this report."
Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee (DCMS): https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcumeds/1791/179111.htm
Damian Collins MP, who oversees the DCMS Committee, separately endorsed use of NewsGuard by the platforms: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/disinformation-and-fake-news-chairs-statement-17-19/
In addition, Public Knowledge, a prominent Washington, D.C.-based open internet think tank, endorsed NewsGuard. Read the full report below.