The popular ad-blocking software recently launched a new product called TrustedNews which will tell the user if the news that they are reading is trustworthy or fake.
Basically, TrustedNews is a new Chrome extension coming from the famous AdBlock Plus which is designed to spot fake news for users as they search the web. Currently, the extension is only available for Chrome users – but there will be other browsers joining in the future.
TrustedNews hopes to evolve the system and integrate blockchain technology with user feedback. This plan will give the platform a decentralized database in the Ethereum blockchain with a built-in-protocol that will reward those who contribute to it.
As for now, the database is maintained by MetaCert Protocol which will also issue MetaCert tokens in order to manage the reward system. Once the database runs on the blockchain, the users will be able to vote on other people’s feedback. The people who provide good feedback will be top earners and the others will be seen as fraudsters.
The extension is only available in English at the moment – scoring websites based on their integrity and trustworthiness. Once it is installed, the icon displays three different colors all depending on the news you are reading.
Every time a news source is considered trustworthy, TrustedNews will show a green tick. If the program is not sure, it will give an orange ‘B’ for ‘bias’. If the source is not legitimate at all, there will be a blue smiley face every time you come across click-bait, malicious or any form of user-generated content.
As such, TrustedNews aims to provide a more detailed analysis of news sources in the future – with the capability to point out which news are biased and which are relevant.
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