Last updated on June 15th, 2021 at 01:30 pm
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1998, Ars Technica is a technology news and information website. It publishes news, reviews, and guides on computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video games. The current editor is Ken Fisher.
Funded by / Ownership
Ars Technica is owned by Conde Naste, an American mass media company founded in 1909 by Condé Montrose Nast, based in New York City, and owned by Advance Publications. They own 18 brands, including Allure, Architectural Digest, Backchannel, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, Epicurious, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ, Pitchfork, Self, Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Wired. Revenue is derived from advertising and subscription sales.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Ars Technica primarily covers technology news and covers politics as it relates to the industry. When covering tech news, there is the moderate use of sensational headlines such as this My browser, the spy: How extensions slurped up browsing histories from 4M users. This story is accurately and appropriately sourced. Under their “Policy” tab, they report on political news as it relates to technology. Here, you will also find moderately sensational headlines that are well-sourced and factual: Turkey crosses “red line,” getting booted from F-35 partnership. When covering USA politics, Ars Technica again sticks to factual reporting such as this: Trump proposes a government-run TV news network to counter CNN.
Ars Technica and other tech publications have been accused of Left-Wing bias by far right media outlets such as Breitbart. In our review of Ars Technica, we did not find overt bias in either direction.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Ars Technica Least Biased based on mostly neutral reporting that sticks to their genre of technology. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/26/2016) Updated (7/20/2020)