Headline RoundupNovember 25th, 2023

NewsGuard Report Says X and Users Profited from Ads Placed Among Misinformation

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Wednesday, media watchdog NewsGuard published a report that said X, formerly Twitter, and its users profited from posts containing misinformation about the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The Details: NewsGuard focused on 30 posts from 10 accounts it considers “egregious” misinformation spreaders. It found 200 ads from 86 advertisers below 24 of the 30 posts, half of which featured Community Notes. NewsGuard reportedly notified X before it published its report, prompting X to issue a warning statement.

For Context: The report was the second of its kind in a week. Media Matters (Left bias) published a report on November 17 accusing X of placing ads next to antisemitic content, causing many massive advertisers to cut ties with X. CEO Elon Musk and independent journalists said they were unable to recreate Media Matters’ findings and accused it of trying to defame X, leading X to sue Media Matters. NewsGuard, which received $750,000 in funding from the Department of Defense earlier this year, is currently also being sued by Consortium News for defamation. Musk accused Media Matters of intentionally misleading and manipulating the public and advertisers.

How The Media Covered It: The story was not widely covered, but more by sources on the left. Outlets across the spectrum did not include context on the Consortium News suit. The three linked sources framed headlines very differently. The Daily Beast (Left bias) highlighted NewsGuard’s claim that its process is “apolitical.” The Messenger (Center bias) included context on the Media Matters suit. Newsmax (Right bias), did not mention the contents of the report and said NewsGuard harshly ranks news outlets critical of the Biden Administration. Updated 11/27/23 with more detail about Musk's accusations.

Featured Coverage of this Story

More headline roundups

More News about Media Industry from the Left, Center and Right

From the Left

From the Center

From the Right