Commit to transparency — sign up for the International Fact-Checking Network's code of principles


The code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter is a series of commitments organizations abide by to promote excellence in fact-checking. We believe nonpartisan and transparent fact-checking can be a powerful instrument of accountability journalism.

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The code

The commitments of the code of principles

This code of principles is for organizations that regularly publish nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. It is the result of consultations among fact-checkers from around the world and offers conscientious practitioners principles to aspire to in their everyday work.

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Should know

What you should know before applying

The International Fact-Checking Network has tried to make the application process as transparent as possible. Therefore, the criteria on which external assessors base their recommendations to accept or reject an organization are public.

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Board and Assessors

The advisory board and our pool of assessors

The International Fact-Checking Network has seven counselors who represent the geographical diversity of the network. They are pioneers in the development and implementation of fact-checking in their countries and regions. All board members are unpaid. The pool of assessors is a group of journalism and media experts who know the fact-checking context in their countries and act as the first filter for each application received.

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What it takes to be a signatory

What does it take to be a signatory?

The external assessors review 12 aspects related to our five principles: non-partisanship and fairness, transparency of sources, transparency of funding and organization, transparency of methodology, and open and honest corrections policy. The evidence shared by the applicant for each criterion can be rated either as "compliant", "partially compliant" or "non-compliant".

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The code and the platforms

The code and the platforms

Facebook seeks partnerships with signatories of the IFCN code of principles. Being a signatory is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for access to the social platform's third-party fact-checking tool. Also, Google highlights fact checks produced by signatories of the code in its search results.

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Code of principles 1st year: a report

The code of principles' 1st year: a report

One year after the establishment of our verification process, being a signatory of the code of principles has become a badge of trustworthiness for audiences, researchers, donors and technology platforms. The IFCN produced a report to analyze what we can do better in the future.

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