Microsoft’s Newsguard software gives credibility ratings for news stories. According to some reports, the software apparently rates some retracted stories as “credible” even though they have been proven to be false. Here is one reported example:
Rolling Stone (which NewsGuard gave a passing grade) was eventually forced to retract the story and settle some lawsuits, but the far-left HuffPost’s aggregation of Rolling Stone’ s proven lie is still live, and that green checkmark is NewsGuard’s way of telling readers they are reading something credible:
Do software suppliers have any liability for labeling retracted and debunked stories as “credible” under slander laws? If not, should they be liable?
What about rating stories that are factually correct as “fake news”? Do they have any liability in that case?
Or should they be exempt from liability regardless of the correctness of their credibility ratings?