NewsGuard's 'real news' seal of approval helps spark change in fake news era

Credibility ratings of news websites by the startup NewsGuard have prompted more than 500 news organizations to upgrade their standards or improve their transparency. Human reviewers, instead of automated systems, grade news sites on nine journalistic criteria, such as whether the sites repeatedly publish fake news and whether they correct errors. Ratings, built into web browsers, warn users when sites have bad reputations for truthfulness and responsibility. Many publishers have sought better ratings by changing their practices.

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