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Stop SignIn an effort to combat so-called "fake news", Microsoft's Edge browser now displays an ominous warning to anyone that uses it to try and visit the Daily Mail website.

"Proceed with caution: this website generally fails to maintain decent standards of accuracy and accountability".

This message currently only appears on the mobile version of the browser, but may well be rolled out to all versions soon. It is generated by Newsguard - a third-party service that aims to alert users if they're visiting an untrustworthy site.

The warning goes on to suggest "the site regularly publishes content that has damaged reputations, caused widespread alarm, or constituted harassment or invasion of privacy". It rates sites out of five for credibility, and have awarded the Daily Mail site a measly 1 out of 5.

Edge is Microsoft's replacement for their venerable Internet Explorer browser. It barely achieves a fraction of the userbase that Internet Explorer did in its heyday, with most people having moved over to Google's Chrome browser over the past few years. Ironically, the browser is now a lot better than the one it replaced, but Microsoft currently cannot find a way to get people to switch back to their product.

For their part, the Daily Mail have responded to this calling it an "egregiously erroneous classification" and have called for this to be resolved "as soon as possible".

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