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Weekly News Digest

January 24, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Microsoft Edge Commits to Fighting Fake News

Tom Warren writes on The Verge, “Microsoft has started warning users of its Edge mobile browser about untrustworthy news sites. The software giant has partnered with NewsGuard to provide warnings in its Edge browser for iOS and Android, and this functionality has been added this week as an optional setting.” NewsGuard, founded by journalists, rates sites using nine criteria, such as whether they use deceptive headlines or often publish false content and whether they are transparent about their ownership and financing.

Warren notes that “[a]lthough Edge mobile isn’t widely used, Microsoft’s move is still significant. Experts have warned that we’re heading towards an ‘information apocalypse’ involving AI-generated fakes and fake news. A significant lack of digital literacy can make people easily vulnerable to fake news and viral hoaxes, and as technology and AI get even smarter it’s going to be more difficult to spot a fake.”

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