Last updated on February 10th, 2020 at 12:53 pm
A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
- Overall, we rate Newsner Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency as well as promotion of pseudoscience and poor sourcing of information.
Reasoning: Lack of Transparency, Poor Sourcing, Pseudoscience
World Press Freedom Rank: Sweden 2/180
Founded in 2014, Newsner is a sensational clickbait website that attempts to spread viral information across social media. Like most Questionable sources the website lacks an about page and disclosure of authors. Further, they do not list ownership on the website.
Funded by / Ownership
According to their contact page “Newsner is produced by N365 Group.” This is the only indication of ownership. The N365 Group is a data-driven marketing company that focuses on social journalism. The website generates revenue through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Newsner publishes sensationalized news stories with loaded clickbait headlines such as this: Everyone looked forward to the balloons’ release, but seconds later disaster strikes and Parents kill 7-year-old son – then doctor finds a note in boy’s hand that crushes my heart. This latter story gives the impression from the headline that it is a real story, however in the article they claim it is fictional. This is very misleading with the intent of garnering a click. Newsner also publishes Health and Science news with minimal sourcing of information. Health news tends to focus on natural cures, while science information falls in the pseudoscience category. In general, Newsner does not publish political news, but rather focuses on sensationalized life stories.
Overall, we rate Newsner Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency as well as promotion of pseudoscience and poor sourcing of information. (D. Van Zandt 3/17/2019)