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Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out Microsoft Partner NewsGuard’s ‘Inherent Bias’

Donald Trump Jr. called out news “trustworthiness” browser plug-in NewsGuard over its “inherent bias,” Friday, after Media Matters was given a green rating by the Microsoft partner, despite the partisan outlet keeping an article which attacked conservatives who called Jussie Smollett’s debunked “hate crime” a hoax.

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Microsoft Partner ‘NewsGuard’ Removes Daily Mail from News Blacklist

NewsGuard, the browser extension that rates the “trustworthiness” of news outlets which is included by default in Microsoft’s mobile Edge browser, has removed the Daily Mail from its blacklist — which includes Breitbart News, WikiLeaks, and the Drudge Report. NewsGuard claims that with the “benefit” of the Daily Mail’s “input,” it realized “we were wrong.”

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NewsGuard Labels Bogus BuzzFeed Moscow Tower Story ‘Trustworthy,’ Breitbart Fact Check ‘Untrustworthy’

Demonstrating its inability (or unwillingness) to effectively fact check establishment-approved news sources, the neocon-backed and Microsoft partnered NewsGuard news rating service currently presents users with a green “trustworthy” marks next to links to BuzzFeed’s bogus Moscow Tower story, while putting red “untrustworthy” warnings next to Breitbart News links correcting it.

NewsGuard approves of BuzzFeed despite its Moscow story being called fake news by Meuller.

Microsoft Prez Tells Trump to Back ‘Digital Democracy Principles’ Despite NewsGuard Blacklist, China Collaboration

Microsoft President Brad Smith called on the Trump administration to support a set of so-called digital democracy principles “outlining acceptable behavior in cyberspace that’s been signed by more than 60 governments and more than 100 other organizations,” despite the company complying with strict Chinese censorship rules, and recently partnering with NewsGuard to create a news blacklist for its Edge mobile browser.

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NewsGuard Packs Board with Neo Conservatives, D.C. Power Players

Newsguard, the purportedly non-partisan browser extension aimed at rating the trustworthiness of news websites, is created and backed by a founding team and advisory board filled to the brim with neoconservatives and Obama-Clinton alumni.

Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz, co-CEOs of NewsGuard

Microsoft Teams with Establishment ‘NewsGuard’ to Create News Blacklist

Without consulting with its users, Microsoft has installed an establishment media browser extension, purportedly designed to rate the accuracy of news websites, as a default setting on mobile versions of its Edge browser. In practice, it creates a news blacklist by warning users away from sites including Breitbart News, The Drudge Report, and the Daily Mail.

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Anonymous Sources: MBS Aide Used Skype to Manage Khashoggi Killing

Reuters on Monday cited an assortment of sources from Saudi Arabia and other, unnamed “Arab countries” to paint a portrait of Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known by his initials “MBS”) and a likely suspect in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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