Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates ARS Technica in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. ARS Technica is a website featuring technology news for IT professionals and technologists. Founded in 1998, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it publishes news about tech policy, gadget reviews, software, hardware, etc. Since 2008 Ars Technica (translated from Latin as “art of technology”) has been owned by Advance, parent company of Conde Nast, and expanded into London in 2015. The website records approximately 18 million visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for ARS Technica according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.23

Bias: -2.22

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URLBiasReliability
Rare fungal infections that destroy eyeballs and kill are on the rise in India049
“Complete incompetence:” Biden team slams Trump’s COVID work-8.3344.67
US declares Xiaomi a “Communist Chinese military company,” bans investments2.3345
EU warns that it may break up Big Tech companies-1.6747.33
Pinterest agrees to $22.5 million settlement in discrimination lawsuit048.33
Uber defends sexual assault victims’ privacy, gets fined $59 million-0.6746.67
Bitcoin price passes $20,000, setting new record144
Twitter repeals retweet roadblocks, Facebook follows suit046.25
Google committed “antitrust evils,” colluded with Facebook, new lawsuit says044.67
Microsoft is reportedly added to the growing list of victims in SolarWinds hack048
Microsoft president calls SolarWinds hack an “act of recklessness”-0.7544.25
Finger-pointing abounds as states get fewer vaccines than planned-3.6744.67
Law banning “rental” fees for customer-owned routers takes effect Sunday045.33
US government bans tech exports to top drone maker DJI046.67
Second COVID vaccine approved for use in the US047.67
Kazakhstan spies on citizens’ HTTPS traffic; browser-makers fight back049
Zero-click iMessage zero-day used to hack the iPhones of 36 journalists-147
Pornhub squarely targeted in bipartisan bill to regulate sex work online-343.33
Ajit Pai announces departure from FCC after four-year deregulatory blitz-4.3346
As Trump falsely claims victory, Twitter and Facebook counter misinformation-646.67