Aos Fatos

Organization: Aos Fatos
Applicant: Tai Nalon
Assessor: Sergio Lüdtke
Conclusion and recommendations
on 28-Mar-2018 (2 years ago)

Sergio Lüdtke wrote:

The Signatory fully complies with all requirements of this assessment. The methodology, team, error policy, sources of funding and application of resources are described transparently in pages dedicated to each of these topics, leaving readers fully enlightened. Links to these pages are available in the footer of the website.

There are no recommendations.

on 28-Mar-2018 (2 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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years 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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory did not send a copy of the document certifying its legal registration. However, a research on the Internet generates several results that confirms the association of the registration number in the CNPJ informed and the trade name of the company. Aos Fatos is registered as a media outlet and research institution. According to the signatory's statement, and attested by this assessor, there is no possibility to register a organization as a fact-checking company in the Brazilian business register.


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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory publishes reports based on accuracy, averaging more than one fact-check per week.


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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We continuously fact-check politicians from as many parties as it is possible --

and it can be found here: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/. In 2017, we put on air the Termometer session, that randomly displays on our homepage a variety of fact-checks from the president and his predecessors. We also display on our website menu the option to view our stories database by label: false, exaggerated, imprecise, true, contradictory and unsupportable.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Although the power gets a little more attention from the fact-checkers, the signatory makes a broad and balanced fact-checking of the politicians statements of different tendencies in Brazil. Diversity is clearly perceived when the fact-checks list is displayed. And the equilibrium is evident when using a filter provided by the site. This filter shows all the fact-checks sorted by label: true, false, exaggerated, inaccurate, contradictory and unsustainable. A section called a Thermometer randomly displays fact-checks of the president and his predecessors by identifying the number of fact-checks for each label.


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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 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 they 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. All of this is expressed here: https://aosfatos.org/nosso-m%C3%A9todo/.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The evaluation did not perceive any support for any candidate or advocacy organizations or political parties. This independence is assumed on the page where the signatory describes its working method. On the same page, the signatory guarantees that it advises its collaborators to act in the same way, mainly in their personal profiles on social networks.


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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos gives access to the original sources of data that served as a basis for their verification of data and facts. In most of the fact-checks assessed, the website uses public data that can be accessed by anyone.

The signatory explains on the page where it describes its working method that it organizes the data that are not available or are too raw for readers to access.


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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We have three main sources of funding: media partnerships, crowdfunding and consultancy. Details 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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory reveals on its website how it is funded. There are three main sources of funding: media partnerships, crowdfunding and consultancy. The model is well detailed and the list of all crowdfunding supporters is published. The website discloses the amount of money raised from funding sources and where those resources are used.


done_all 4a marked as Fully 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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The "Nossa Equipe" page on the Aos Fatos website lists all authors and key actors behind the fact-checking project, publishes a summary of their biographies and provides a link to personal profiles on social networking sites.


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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

It is at the middle and at the bottom of our homepage (and all of our pages): https://aosfatos.org/. We are also on Twitter (twitter.com/aosfatos) and Facebook (facebook.com/aosfatos.org), where our readers can also send messages and keep contact.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory's website does not have a comment area where the public can post their complaints or comments, but a link at the footer of all pages on the website leads to a page that describes the possibilities of participation available through social networks and provides a form for sending messages. Also, in the middle of the home page there is a link to send e-mail messages to the signatory.


done_all 4c marked as Fully 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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The page "Nosso Método" on the signatory website explains in details the seven stages of the fact-checking methodology and describes the criteria for classifying the fact-checkings. There are six categories: true, inaccurate, exaggerated, false, contradictory or unsustainable. The link to this page is accessible on the footer of the website.


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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The "Checamos para você" page describes what is and what is not verifiable by the signatory's criteria, notice the team's inability to attend all requests and gives advice on what is more likely to be accepted for verification. At the bottom of the page, there is a form for the public to submit their suggestions. The link to the "Cheamos para você" page is available on the website's footer.


done_all 5b marked as Fully 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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The "Política de erros" page describes the signatory's correction policy. The content indicates that, "in case of need for correction, will be published at the end of the text a record of the publisher with the date and time of the correction and what information has changed". 


done_all 6a marked as Fully 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
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://aosfatos.org/noticias/o-que-e-fato-no-que-diz-manuela-davila-de-assassinatos-de-trans-investimento-estatal/ - This story was erroneously published with a label that didn't correspond to the published content. The label was replaced and a warning notice was published at the bottom of the story.

https://aosfatos.org/noticias/diferencas-e-semelhancas-entre-reformas-da-previdencia-argentina-e-brasileira/ - We corrected information on the new age rules for the retirement of Argentine women and on the old calculation of the adjustment of the benefits. 

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
23-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The policy is in accordance with the two cases sent by the signatory in which there is some kind of correction. The link to the "Política de erros" page is available on the website's footer.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.