New York Yanks & Microsoft Try To Control What The Daily Mail Reports
The Daily Mail one of the most popular news websites in Australia has been slammed with Microsoft moving to deliver third party software that warns visitors that the site “generally fails to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”.
A recently introduced NewsGuard plug-in developed and administered by a bunch of what some have described as left wing New York managed journalists brings up a warning when visitors access content on the Daily Mail.
This is a site that is extensivy used by State and Federal Governments in Australia to advertise services. Also using the Daily Mail to generate interest in their own product is the left wing Fairfax media group that is now owned by Nine.
NewsGuard on the other hand does praise the left wing Guardian newspaper which is known for their political bias and lack of balanced reporting of conservative issues. The Daily Mail is also profitable due to it’s popularity and does not rely on handouts from visitors to their site for revenue.
The Daily Mail that at one stage was seen as a conservative UK newspaper put out a statement claiming, “We have only very recently become aware of the NewsGuard start-up and are in discussions with them to have this egregiously erroneous classification resolved as soon as possible,” said a spokesman for Mail Online.
According to the BBC Microsoft who appear to take on a new role ensuring content, plans for the NewsGuard app to become a default option in the future.
Currently NewsGuard must be switched on by users of Microsoft’s Edge app.
NewsGuard was developed by a New York Company which is independent of Microsoft. They have ambitions to include its tool in further products from the Windows developer as well as other tech firms.
What’s not known at this stage is whether the app can be used to track political comments. New Yorkers are known for their liberal views and support of the Democrats.
For now, it can be used as an add-on extension in the desktop version of web browsers including Edge, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari.
Microsoft had already tried to engage with the Daily Mail to no avail they claim.
“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,” co-chief executive Gordon Crovitz, who used to oversee the Wall Street Journal’s business operations.
“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.”
The Daily Mail is not the only news source to trigger such a warning they claim.
A Microsoft executive that ChannelNews spoke to said “I have no comment, it’s (Daily Mail) is a bottom end website anyway”.