Complementing the efforts of government and other institutions, FactCheck Initiative proffer solutions. We have developed an automated online assistant that can help to get real-time updates, confirm doubts, report problems, report crimes and make petitions and request for certain services, such as emergency assistance, ambulance service and much more.
Our society is rife with many false, misleading and inaccurate news, stories and articles usually because people who propagate this information are more interested in creating a buzz than in passing across the true story. Emergencies are never anticipated, having to be in a tight spot especially a life and death situation can leave one overwhelmed and confused as to the next step to take to get the desired help. Very low access to government activities, information, participation in decision making and access to justice.
One of our solutions is built out of the desire to provide all categories of authentic and accurate information, this is the foundation upon which it stands upon. Asides the several other benefits added, with one click of the button we have enabled an option for anyone to request for help and a go-to in emergency cases for easy tracking, alerting dependants and help services. The solution is also helping to bridge the gap between the government and its citizens; allowing our users to easily resolve issues by linking or granting them access to the right agencies.
We facilitate a fact-checking training workshop by taking standard fact-checking methodology and integrates it with best-practice lessons from interview techniques through ethics and safety. It also includes animated discussions around accuracy, responsibility, and bias in news coverage with lessons on identifying reliable sources in fact-checking, debunking viral misinformation, and deciding whether a statement is checkable.
The workshop is for Individuals interested in learning more about fact-checking; journalism students responsible for researching and verifying sources in their reporting and professional journalists responsible for researching and verifying sources in their reporting.
This workshop highlights journalistic and research fact-checking efforts around the world. It demonstrates best practices developed and tested by today’s fact-checking journalists, who face particular challenges posed by misleading rhetoric from bloggers or politicians and government officials and the use of social media platforms as launching sites for viral misinformation.
Fact-checking is highly effective in fighting misinformation: when something is rated “false” by a fact-checker, we’re able to reduce future impressions of that content by an average of 80%. We also leverage these ratings to act on Pages and websites that repeatedly share misinformation. We de-prioritize all content from actors who repeatedly get “false” ratings on content they share, and we remove their advertising and monetization rights.
It is important to move beyond recent narratives of “facts” and “fake news” and immediate political and social moments, to emphasize fact checking position in a wider consideration of human nature, interaction, and our inter-relatedness. Simply put, fact-checking is a form of critical, investigative inquiry. It includes a wide range of approaches and practices. But there is a history behind fact-checking and the contemporary need for it. Part of the approach of fact-checking is the awareness of the cognitive biases innate to each of us. While these biases help us navigate everyday life, they can cause us to overlook relevant facts, even when they are clearly presented.
Today we are the managers of an overabundance of information and content, discovered, verified and delivered in partnership with active communities. The abundance of content, from disparate sources spread all over the world, makes the application of verification more essential than ever before. Social media content is also increasingly important in humanitarian, legal, public safety and human rights work.
Our verification process requires an external assessment that evaluates the effective implementation of some standards. These standards have been developed to help readers discern good fact-checking from bad.
We provide independent researchers with a privacy-protected data set that will help them study the effects of misinformation on social media. This research may help us better measure volumes of false news and our progress against it over time.
Regardless of their goals and role, more and more people are working to verify a tweet, video, photograph, or online claim. Knowing whether something is true or false, or is what it claims to be, enables a range of work and actions.
Public figures need to be held accountable for what they say. The claims they make need to be checked, openly and impartially. Fact Check Initiative is an independent organization which assesses claims made in the public arena using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting fact from fiction and publishing the results. Users support gives more people the tools to decide for themselves what to believe. It lets us act quickly to stop the spread of the most harmful misinformation. And it means we can demand real change from those in power.
We have a “How to Fact Check” section on the website that sets out guidance on fact-checking and provides examples. We explain the methodology we use to select, research, write, edit, publish and verify our fact checks. We encourage readers to send us claims to fact-check and are transparent on why and how we fact-check.
Correcting the record by evaluating the claim in light of the evidence, is usually on a scale of truthfulness. As a trustworthy and reliable fact-checking organization, we tend to explain our process in public. We develop our own ratings scale to grade the fact-checked claim. For example, True – The statement is accurate and there’s nothing significant missing. Mostly True – The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information.
First things first, before looking for evidence, we ask the right questions like; Do the images or words ring true? Is the language or sentiment expressing the way the person would talk? Is it the sort of thing they might really have said?
We strive to make our work completely accurate. When we make a mistake, we correct it and note it on the original item. If the mistake is so significant that it requires us to change the ruling, we will do so. Readers who see an error should contact the writer or editor. Their names are listed on the right side of eve
We have been committed to fighting misinformation for years now and have strong relationships with our third-party fact-checking partners around the world. We value our ongoing partnerships and the work that these partners do, and we’re planning to expand the program.
We share specific rating guidelines with our third-party partners, and we make these publicly available, so publishers and others have insight into our process. We’ve also started to provide safety training as part of onboarding our new partners, and we’re working to expand this to our existing partners as well.
We start by providing context to the claim we’re checking. Where and when was it said? To whom? Is there a history of repetition? Is there a reference that isn’t immediately clear?
We try not to overload text with definitions in our reports. We provide a succinct explanation and link to web pages that provide more details. A regular format that includes labels to help guide readers through complicated explanations is used.
Today, we have the Internet and an awful lot of writing is done online. Unlike writing on a piece of paper or in a notebook, the Internet can’t be buried or thrown away and forgotten. If you create a piece of writing and your fact checking was weak, it can linger for all to see for years and years.
Factchecks alone are insufficient to stop the spread of misinformation. We push for adjustments where necessary and work with government agencies and research organizations to improve the quality and correspondence of information at the source. Likewise, we provide a fact-checking toolkit for individuals to make their decisions.
To assist us with addressing these issues, we have developed a toolkit. The Toolkit contains a collection of resources that users can use in their efforts to improve verification response rates and the overall efficiency of the process. It involves practical information and tools for assessing and improving quality and human rights standards in fact checking claims. It is an essential resource, not only for putting an end to false information but also for preventing the spread of misinformation in the future.