Available only for Google Chrome, TrustedNews comes from Eyeo, the company behind the popular Ad Filter plug AdBlock Plus. TrustedNews works differently from NewsGuard because it does not recruit journalists to analyze news sites.
Instead, TrustedNews loses MetaCert's MetaCert protocol, which uses independent sources to measure the accuracy and truth of the news content. Eyeo touts MetaCert as reliable and claims its sources are not politically connected and transparent in actual controls.
In addition to MetaCert, TrustedNews builds on other sources to analyze news and information pages. One such source is Politifact, a factual control service run by The Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for journalists. Another source is Snopes, who tries to combat misinformation by using authors, editors and others to actually control rumors and gossip.
A third source is Melissa Zimdars, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College, known for compiling a list of fake news sources. Originally thought only of a class that Zimdar's learned, the list has since gone viral.
The sources use specific criteria to analyze each site and give it a certain classification or classification. Is the content based on facts and backed up by primary sources? If so, the site is considered credible. Does the site publish incorrect or misleading information? If so, it is valued unreliable.
If the site contains politically biased content or involuntary and skewed views, it is ranked as Biased. If it has misleading or false headlines designed to attract readers to the site, it is ranked as Clickbait. And if the content is discovered that leads to threats to your computer or personal security, it is ranked as harmful.