Our Fact-Check Process

Step 1: Claim Selection

We employ a comprehensive approach to claim selection. Our team monitors various media platforms, including blogs, and conventional media, to identify claims that are worthy of verification. Additionally, we welcome suggestions from our editorial team members, media practitioners, scholars, and the general public. If you come across a claim that falls within the scope of what we cover, you can submit it through our website, tweet at us, or send us a direct message on Facebook. When submitting a claim, it is crucial to provide all relevant information available, such as pictures, texts, videos, and the source of information. We evaluate each claim based on its factual basis and public interest before determining whether it warrants fact-checking.

Step 2: Verification by Research Experts

Once a claim has been selected, our team of research experts begins the verification process. They conduct thorough investigations, including reaching out to the source of the claim or any relation for clarification. We prioritise consulting a range of sources, giving preference to named, authoritative, independent, verifiable, and multiple sources. Our goal is to leave no stone unturned in verifying the accuracy of the claim.

Step 3: Report Writing Style

After gathering sufficient information and verifying the claim, we proceed to write a comprehensive report. In our report, we prioritise context, clarity, and transparency. We ensure that readers have access to the relevant facts, evidence, and supporting sources that inform our conclusion.

Step 4: Editing Process

Before publication, all our content goes through a rigorous editorial process. Our editors review the fact-check reports to ensure accuracy, coherence, and adherence to our established standards. This editing process helps maintain the integrity and reliability of our fact-checks.

Step 5: Publishing and Distribution

Once the fact-check report has undergone the necessary editorial checks, we publish it on our website and distribute it across our social media pages. Our goal is to ensure wide circulation and accessibility to the public.

Step 6: Claim Verdict and Typology Ratings

In every fact check, we provide a clear verdict and typology rating to categorise the claim based on its accuracy. Our verdicts include:

1. TRUE: A claim is labelled as true if all its elements are factual information and verifiable at the time of assertion.

2. FALSE: A claim is labelled as false when its content does not align with factual information at the time of assertion. This category includes imposter content, manipulated content, and parody.

3. MOSTLY TRUE: A claim is labelled as mostly true if it contains some factual information that is used contextually and verifiable at the time of assertion.

4. MOSTLY FALSE: A claim is labelled as mostly false if it contains multiple falsehoods at the time of assertion. By providing these clear verdicts and typology ratings, we enable readers to understand the level of accuracy of each claim we fact-check.

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