A service that uses journalists to rate thousands of news and information to weed out fake news sites is on the verge of announcing a fake news hotline, Axios reported.
The hotline will be a secure, encrypted digital and telephone number for political candidates and voters to report suspected fake news sites, Axios reported.
“We’ve already seen one case of a candidate citing an endorsement from a bogus site that was created by supporters of that candidate,” Court TV founder Steven Brill, co-CEO of NewsGuard, told Axios. “This is a particularly insidious variety of fake news, because it is aimed directly at unsuspecting voters.”
Axios reported an upcoming release will announce that a “SWAT team of NewsGuard analysts will operate 24/7 to identify suddenly trending news sites that NewsGuard has not yet rated and assure — or warn — internet users about them in real time."
People will have options for contacting the hotline by sending “a secure, end-to-end encrypted message with Signal or Whatsapp: +1-740-480-1850,” by sending an SMS message to +1-740-480-1850, where they can also leave a voice message, or send an email.
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