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It does a reasonable job, but could be a bit harsher.
This doesn't have a biased outlook, don't get me wrong.
However, I would posit that it doesnt have a harsh enough take on many sources. Such sources which are clearly pathos-laden and drive a partisan agenda on both sides of the aisle: The Daily Wire (Conservative commentary news), and the Washington Post (Known to lean left in its reporting).
Just a suggestion, but things as they are rated now are rated in a very safe way. Perhaps its the prudent thing to do.
NewsGuard is not a bad app, it's not a good app. It's an attempt to let us all know the validity of specific news sites. They can only be accurate about what they have full knowledge about. They will never really have FULL knowledge about the contents of any site. It's easy to make an assumption about the contents of the NYT, but even they have had to make a front page apology for a story based on non-factual information. I use this app but I am careful about fact checking. I also continue to read the WSJ, but they also have run stories based on non-factual liberal information that surprised me. We are in a time in this country (USA) when it's impossible to know what to expect. The top of law enforcement agencies are guilty of crimes, but it's taking years for the media to report it to us so we have to look far and wide to find it for ourselves. I believe NewsGuard is doing a great job in a difficult environment and time. Hopefully everything will go back to honesty being the pinnacle of character. NewsGuard, I'm sure will then easily earn five stars. I know they mean to be very good, but they are given a difficult bunch of "journalists" to check and rate the work of. Sadly, these "journalists" only want fame not to inform us anymore. I'm planning on re-reviewing NewsGuard after November 2020 :)
I've read reviews that call this biased, but I can't imagine how. This app uses a system called "nutrition labels" that rate news sources based on certain traits. Famously liberal websites like Mother Jones, Huffington Post, and The Nation are punished on the nutrition sheet for failing to "handle the differences between news and opinion responsibly." The Federalist has almost an identical nutrition guide to The Nation, presenting a fair breakdown on both sides. Where this app really shines, however, is in identifiy fake or untrustworthy news. Taking the app to a website such as InfoWars reveals bright red shields, warning the reader that the information on this website may not be factual. All in all, it is a great tool to have if you want to be sure the source you are reading is trustworthy and I would highly recommend it.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.