Daily Mail currently has a problem with the NewsGuard plug-in that says dailymail.co.uk “generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability.”
Although this warning has been in place since August, it became visible after Microsoft updated its Edge browser. Now, all Android and iOS devices receive a notice that criticizes Daily Mail.
The official Daily Mail spokesman immediately said it was a mistake and hoped that the notice will soon be removed.
“We have only recently become aware of the NewsGuard start-up and are in discussions with them to have this irregiously erroneous classification resolved as soon as possible.”
Currently, NewsGuard is an option that must be switched on in Microsoft’s Edge by the users. However, this will become the default option in the future. In addition, NewsGuard intends to offer its service through some other web browsers next to Edge, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.
Since the service is independent from Microsoft, the company did not want to comment on this case.
Gordon Crovitz said: “Our journalist analysts always contact websites if they get a negative rating on any of our nine journalistic criteria. The Mail Online chose not to reply. Dozens of news websites have changed their practices based on our journalistic criteria on credibility and transparency in order to become more reliable sources of news.”
Unfortunately, Daily Mail is just one of a few sites that have been criticized by NewsGuard. There are sites like Russian Sputnik, the American right-wing InfoWars site as well as the left-wing American blog Daily Kos, whose visitors also received the same warning as Daily Online visitors.