Aos Fatos

Organization: Aos Fatos
Applicant: Tai Nalon
Assessor: Sergio Lüdtke
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:



Conclusion and recommendations
on 30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

Sergio Lüdtke wrote:

I recommend Aos Fatos to be accepted

on 30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

Sergio Lüdtke recommended Accept


Section 1: Organization

Criterion 1a
Proof of registration
Evidence required: Please provide evidence that the signatory is a legally-registered organization set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking or the distinct fact-checking project of a recognized media house or research institution.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos is a journalistic company trading name. It is registered under the CNPJ 22.408.117/0001-41 as a micro enterprise and its main activity, due to the absence of another legal term, is editing magazines and newspapers. 

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos is a legally constituted and registered organization, opened on May 8, 2015 and based in Rio de Janeiro. The registration check was made at the National Registry of Legal Entities (Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurídica - CNPJ). Aos Fatos is already a recognized Fact-checking organization in Brazil and it is not associated with political parties. The organization checks facts and statements by officials of the three powers of the Republic:

Government, Parliament and Justice.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 1b
Archive
Evidence required: Insert a link to the archive of fact checks published in the previous three months. If you do not collect all fact checks in one place, please explain how the fact-checking is conducted by your organization.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos publishes fact-checking reports regularly. In the last three months, there are 12 reports posted on the site. Before this time, the number of publications was even larger coinciding with the electoral period in Brazil.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2a
Body of work sample
Evidence required: Please share links to ten fact checks that better represent the scope and consistency of your fact-checking. Provide a short explanation of how your organization strives to maintain coherent standards across fact checks.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

In September, we launched a most acclaimed live-fact-checking aggregator due to Rio and São Paulo's mayoral elections. It can be seen in https://aosfatos.org/especiais/eleicoes-2016/ and is an easy way to show as many factchecks as possible regarding all of the competitors at that time. We constinuously fact-check other politicians and it can be found here: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/. Our main concern is not only provide a regular fact-checking service, but also invest in didactic, visually attractive and journalistically relevant content.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Some preferences regarding subjects or personalities are not visible in the coverage, although there is a greater incidence of reports on statements from federal government officials more recently. What can be perceived in the coverage is also that when some authority or political personality receives more attention from the Aos Fatos it is because this person is in evidence.

A good example of the variety of speakers is a live-fact-checking aggregator launched by Aos Fatos in recent Rio and São Paulo's mayoral elections (https://aosfatos.org/especiais/eleicoes-2016/). No distinction in the treatment of mayoral candidates is perceived in that coverage.


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 2b
Nonpartisanship policy
Evidence required: Please share evidence of your policy preventing staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Please also indicate the policy your organization has as a whole regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

All members of our team have a small profile on our website: https://aosfatos.org/nossa-equipe/. All of them are experienced journalists that are used to follow a strict code of ethics. In order to be admitted to Aos Fatos's team, our journalists verbally agree not to manifest themselves on social media towards any political preferences, either candidates or parties. They are also informed that they can't freelance at organisations that are related to political parties while working for Aos Fatos. It also means that, as we choose our fact-checkers, it is essencial that he or she are not formally engaged in any official or unofficial political activities. They, for instance, can't be affiliated with any political party. If otherwise our journalists choose to go against that requisites, they will be immediately removed from their positions.

Our journalists are free, however, to express critical thought on social media and any other media platforms if their subjects are related to fact-checking and journalism, as well as themes Aos Fatos stand up for: open data, transparency and accountability.

Aos Fatos exhorts our readers and journalists to distinguish political matters from partisan ones.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory explains in detail its method of investigation and the policies to prevent the direct involvement of its employees with the political parties and advocacy organizations. Aos Fatos also states that it does not tolerate any behavior of its collaborators that compromises the exemption and plurality of its editorial line. (https://aosfatos.org/nosso-m%C3%A9todo/)


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

Criterion 3a
Sources Policy
Please share a brief and public explanation (500 words max) of how sources are provided in enough detail that readers could replicate the fact check. If you have a public policy on how you find and use sources for your fact-checking, it should be shared here.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

About 90% of our investigations use public data, that can be displayed by any other person with internet access. They are usually extracted from official databases, academic studies and/or FOIA requests. If they aren't available or if they are too raw, we organise them so that our readers can access them. Off the records sources are less common, and, if they are used, it is mainly to give context. We do have a public method of fact-checking: https://aosfatos.org/nosso-m%C3%A9todo/.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory provides to readers direct links to the original data sources used for checking the information. In some cases, Aos Fatos provides access to its own databases. These bases were organized from data from third parties that were dispersed or unstructured.

The policy of sharing data sources and the method of checking the information is very clear on the Our Method page (https://aosfatos.org/nosso-m%C3%A9todo/).


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 4a
Funding Sources
Evidence required: Please link to the section where you publicly list your sources of funding (including, if they exist, any rules around which types of funding you do or don't accept), or a statement on ownership if you are the branch of an established media organization or research institution.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

We have three main sources of funding that can be seen here: https://aosfatos.org/apoie/. We also explain them here: https://aosfatos.org/aos-fatos-lab/. And here: https://aosfatos.org/nossos-parceiros/.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory has a page on his website called Our Benefactors (https://aosfatos.org/nossos-benfeitores/). On that page, Aos Fatos lists the contributors of their first crowdfunding.

On another page, "Learn How to Support Us" (https://aosfatos.org/apoie/), the organization outlines its funding model and also receives donations.

In the Our Partners (https://aosfatos.org/nossos-parceiros/) and the Aos Fatos Lab (https://aosfatos.org/aos-fatos-lab/) pages there are also informations about partner sites and the sale of content to other organizations, but there is no disclosure of numbers.

There is no total revenue information on the website or a detailed description of the expenses, although it is clear that the revenue is dedicated to the payment of staff and freelancers.


done 4a marked as Partially compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 4b
Staff
Evidence required: Please link to the section detailing all authors and key actors behind your fact-checking project with their biographies. You can also list the name and bios of the members of the editorial board, pool of experts, advisory board, etc. if your organization has those.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

The four professionals of the Aos Fatos team are identified on the Our Team page (https://aosfatos.org/nossa-equipe/) and their professional backgrounds are described on that page.


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 4c
Contact
Evidence required: Please link to the section where readers can get in touch with the organization.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

It is at the bottom of our homepage (and all of our pages): https://aosfatos.org/.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The link to communicate with Aos Fatos is located at the bottom of the website and only opens the user's email program. Beside this link there are also buttons for accessing the Aos Fatos profiles on Twitter and Facebook.

The location of these links and the lack of comment areas harms the experience of interacting with the website.


done 4c marked as Partially compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5a
Detailed Methodology
Evidence required: Please link to a section or article detailing the steps you follow for your fact-checking work.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos describes in details how they select its guidelines and its verification method on the Our Method page (https://aosfatos.org/nosso-m%C3%A9todo/). The link to this page is located at the bottom of the website page, but it could receive better publicity on the menu.


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 5b
Claim submissions
Evidence required: Please link to the page or process through which readers can submit claims to fact-check. If you do not allow this, please briefly explain why.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

We don't have a formal page or process mostly because filtering all the claims is tough and demands more journalists that we can afford at the moment. But we use Twitter and Facebook to interact with our readers and pay attention to their demands.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

There is no specific page on the Aos Fatos website where readers can submit claims to fact-check.


cancel 5b marked as Non compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 6a
Corrections policy
Evidence required: Please link to the page with your policy to address corrections. If it is not public, please share your organization's handbook.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

In our method page, we explain that 'if we make mistakes, we'll correct them'. We'll be publishing a corrections policy page until the end of the month.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is not a specific page with the Aos Fatos corrections policy yet, but this is something that the signatory promises to solve by the end of this month.


done 6a marked as Partially compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 6b
Examples of corrections
Evidence required: Please provide two examples of a correction made, or correction requests handled, in the past year.

Aos Fatos
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago)

We corrected our investigation by adding information about a housing program from the federal government and showed when and how: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/erros-e-acertos-de-temer-em-sua-mensagem-ao-congresso/. The same happened here: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/aos-fatos-checa-em-tempo-real-o-debate-da-redetv-com-os-candidatos-prefeitura-do-rio/, regarding information about housing taxes.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
30-Mar-2017 (3 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

On the Our Method page (https://aosfatos.org/nosso-m%C3%A9todo/) , Aos Fatos commits itself to making any and all necessary corrections or updates to content pages as are possible to see in these two examples:

https://aosfatos.org/noticias/erros-e-acertos-de-temer-em-sua-mensagem-ao-congresso

https://aosfatos.org/noticias/aos-fatos-checa-em-tempo-real-o-debate-da-redetv-com-os-candidatos-prefeitura-do-rio/


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.