Fake news and misinformation have been major problem over last couple of years and unsurprisingly, the latest conflict in Ukraine means internet users are facing numerous fake information. In order to help with the growing problem, Surfshark has launched a free Chrome and Firefox extension that detects and highlights website links that are known to spread false information.
Talking about the latest extension, Vytautas Kaziukonis, CEO of Surfshark said, “The 21st century has shown that information might be sharper than the sword. It’s evident that today’s disinformation campaigns aim to distract, confuse, manipulate, and sow division, discord, and uncertainty in the community. Keeping in mind the intensifying propaganda, we decided to release a feature that would allow people to identify fake news websites easily.”
In case you’re wondering, the Fake News Warning feature will detect specific URLs from a list of websites that are located in propornot.com and were checked by the company’s security experts.
In case you want to use the extension, you’ll need to download the Surfshark VPN extension for Chrome or Firefox. However, you won’t need to have an account or Surfshark subscription to use the feature.
Surfshark’s security officer Aleksandr Valentij added, “There are a lot of fact-checking resources on the internet that can help people clarify the situation about the most important events as experts took time to examine those in-depth. For example, media outlets such as the Australian Associated Press, RMIT/ABC, Agence France-Presse (AFP), and Bellingcat maintain lists of fact-checks their teams have performed for Ukraine’s invasion.”