An online misinformation detection tool developer has created a new version of its software which will flag misleading health claims linked to Covid-19.
NewsGuard, which launched its original misinformation filter in the UK in 2019, has now created a new browser extension called HealthGuard.
Free to download and use with all major browsers – Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge – the tool displays colour-coded ratings next to links on search engines, social media and other platforms to indicate whether the site is a trustworthy source of health information.
NewsGuard’s ratings use nine criteria to measure whether a source can be trusted and if not, warns users to proceed with caution when they encounter information from that source.
HealthGuard initially launched earlier this year but was made available exclusively to medical institutions and others, but the tool is now being made free to all until the end of June in an effort to combat the spread of misinformation, particularly…