SUMMA Essentials

ARS Technica Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates ARS Technica in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 46.20

Bias: -2.05

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

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

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

Article 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