The Factual - News Evaluator

The Factual - News Evaluator

Get smarter about the news you read

  • The Factual - News Evaluator
  • The Factual - News Evaluator
  • The Factual - News Evaluator
  • The Factual - News Evaluator
What is The Factual - News Evaluator?
The Factual - News Evaluator is a Chrome extension designed to help users evaluate the informativeness of online news articles. It does this through an automated evaluation of factors such as the diversity and extent of sources cited, the level of opinion contained in the piece, the expertise of the author on the topic, and the historical reputation of the site publishing the article. Instant grades are displayed for any news article viewed in the browser.
This extension was removed from Chrome Web Store on 2023-09-22
Users: 3,308+
Rating: 4.85 (34)
Version: 7.2.1 (Last updated: 2023-09-22)
Creation date: 2020-05-30
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: High risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
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Size: 3.41M
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Wondering if a news article you came across is worth your time? Is it well-researched? Is it too opinionated? Is it written by a reporter who is knowledgeable about the topic?

The Factual’s automatically evaluates how informative a news article is based on four factors:

  1. Diversity and extent of sources
  2. Level of opinionatedness
  3. Author expertise on topic
  4. Site's historical reputation.

The Factual’s grades are instantly displayed on any news article in your browser and even injected directly into your Facebook or Twitter feed.

Get the most informative stories on trending news topics at in your new tab (option to turn on/off).


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User reviews
User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Helps assess news quality and bias
  • Provides other viewpoints on same topic
  • Minimalistic and unobtrusive design
  • Offers feedback on news reading habits
  • Increases awareness about the source of the content
  • Frequently results in no rating for certain news sources
  • Perceived to have bias against conservative websites
  • Algorithm miscalculations regarding references
  • Overrates certain news sources such as Al Jazeera
Most mentioned
  • User-friendly
  • Balances biases
  • News quality assessment
  • Potential for improvement
  • Filter for reliable news
Recent reviews
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: This really is a critically needed resource in the world today. So many people choose whether a media source is trustworthy based on whether it "resonates" with them - which is a nice way of saying that they're only interested in media that reflects their own biases and prejudices. Some other sites rate media according to perceived bias, but The Factual is significantly more concerned about its accuracy, willingness to tell the whole story, and whether it is trying to create hatred against others through emotive, negative writing. I love this Chrome app which automatically assesses news articles and rates them on numerous criteria. P.S. I'm not involved in any way with The Factual, but as someone very involved in conflict resolution (eg see ) I do greatly appreciate the work it is doing.
by Tony Lenart Tony Lenart, 2022-10-11

Most news sources bring up no rating. I installed and tried clicking on various news article on the Google News page. Many such as CNN and USA Today showed no rating. I do not find any value from this extension.
by Steven Murphy Steven Murphy, 2020-09-20

With the amount of reading I do and news I consume, this extension is the best. Hands down, Factual is a simple addition to guide me and others to higher quality pieces. Good luck to the team.
by Arul Velan Arul Velan, 2019-11-27
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Risk impact

The Factual - News Evaluator is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install The Factual - News Evaluator if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

The Factual - News Evaluator may not be trust-worthy. Avoid installing if possible unless you really trust this publisher.

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