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Aos Fatos

Organization: Aos Fatos
Applicant: Tai Nalon
Assessor: Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura

Background

Aos Fatos is a Brazilian fact checking organization founded in 2015. They have established themselves as a reference in fact checking in Latin America, checking mainly Brazilian politics and health. Aos Fatos has established partnerships with tech platforms for checking content there, and has became known for producing tools for battling disinformation, such as chatbot Fatima and Escriba, a transcribing platform.

Assessment Conclusion

Aos Fatos has a responsible journalistic posture. They select claims based on social importance and analyze those claims using high journalistic standards. They use primary evidence and are transparent about their sources, always linking to them. They don’t concentrate their checks in any political side, although, as stated by them, they focus more on actors in the government, since those have more political power. The applicant lets the evidence guide their conclusions, and is fully compliant to the IFCN code.

on 21-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Aos Fatos é uma organização brasileira de checagem de fatos fundada em 2015. Com o passar do tempo, se estabeleceu como uma referência na metodologia de checagem de fatos, difundindo seus métodos e posturas pela América Latina. Possui parcerias com plataformas de tecnologia para checagem de conteúdo duvidoso, e produzem ferramentas de combate à desinformação tanto para jornalistas quanto para o público geral. Seu trabalho jornalístico é responsável e equilibrado. São transparentes quanto ao método e sua aplicação. Eles aderem completamente ao código da IFCN.

Section 1: Eligibility to be a signatory

To be eligible to be a signatory, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 1.1 The applicant is a legally registered organization, or a distinct team or unit within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website.
  • 1.2 The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.
  • 1.3 The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track. Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.
  • 1.4 On average, at least 75% of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that, in the view of the IFCN, relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.
  • 1.5 The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.
  • 1.6 If the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, it provides a statement on its site setting out to the satisfaction of the IFCN, how it ensures its funders do not influence the findings of its reports.

Criteria 1.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain where on your website you set out information about your organization’s legal status and how this complies with criteria. Attach a link to the relevant page of your website.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Aos Fatos is a journalistic company trading name. It is registered under the CNPJ 22.408.117/0001-41 as news agency. Reference: https://www.aosfatos.org/termos-de-uso/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos is a well known Brazilian fact checking organization. It is regularly registered as a for profit company, as stated in their public displayed materials.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 1.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please answer the following questions – (see notes in Guidelines for Application on how to answer)

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?
 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?
 3. What different activities does your organization carry out?
 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Aos Fatos is a Brazilian award-winner journalistic organization launched in July 2015. Aos Fatos has grown to be one of the most innovative outlets in Latin American journalism. Its tech-savvy team of 23 multidisciplinary professionals (https://www.aosfatos.org/nossa-equipe/) adds automation solutions to a creative approach. Within the team, there are journalists, data scientists, linguists, developers, and product-thinking specialists.

The combination of journalism, social media engagement, technology and design results in groundbreaking tools to tackle misinformation, such as an algorithm that automatically monitors disinformation campaigns, conversational and monitoring bots, art and comics against misinformation and different formats for prebunking.

In 2022, Aos Fatos is covering the Brazilian presidential elections by fact-checking candidates' statements, verifying misinformation and prebunking topics related to the dispute. The team also conducts state-of-the-art investigative work against disinformation campaigns that challenge Brazil's democratic institutions. Aos Fatos also built automation solutions in order to improve our work, such as Escriba, a very accurate transcription tool, and chatbots for Telegram and Instagram.

Our 2023 planning is uncertain due to the unpredictable outcome of Brazil's elections.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos was founded in July 2015 by journalist Tai Nalon. Since then, they have grown to be one of the main fact checking operations in Brazil and Latin America, known for spreading the fact checking methods in the region. Today, they are composed by a multidisciplinary team of journalists, data scientists and product specialists, since they have evolved to pursue not only regular fact checking, but also technological tools to tackle disinformation.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 1.3
Proof you meet criteria
- The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application.
- For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track.
- Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

All of Aos Fatos' fact-checks can be seen in one place: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/


Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant meets and surpasses the minimum required amount of fact checks a week, publishing several checks a day.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 1.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous three months. No additional information required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

After a review of random fact checks, it was assessed that the applicant consistently explores topics of social importance, following due journalistic sense. All topics covered are related to important issues in society, mainly focusing on politics.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 1.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship your organization has to the state, politicians or political parties in the country or countries you cover. Also explain funding or support received from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Aos Fatos never received funding from the State, nor from politicians or political parties in Brazil or elsewhere. 

Aos Fatos collaborates with the Superior Tribunal Eleitoral from Brazil and public TVs such as TV Cultura from São Paulo. They republish Aos Fatos' content for free. 

You can see more information about Aos Fatos' projects here:

https://www.aosfatos.org/aos-fatos-lab/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant does not have commercial ties to state organs or political parties, their funding coming from others sources. The applicant only has partnerships with the Brazilian Higher Court for Elections for battling misinformation in the electoral context and with public TV stations that republish their content for free. Other than that, it establishes no relations with the public power.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 1.6
Proof you meet criteria
If you confirmed the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, provide a link to where on your website you set out how you ensure the editorial independence of your work.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

It doesn't.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As stated before, the applicant does not establish any ties with state or political sources.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Section 2: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

To be compliant on nonpartisanship and fairness, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 2.1 The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.
  • 2.2 The applicant does not unduly concentrate its fact-checking on any one side, considers the reach and importance of claims it selects to check and publishes a short statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.
  • 2.3 The applicant discloses in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. It also discloses in its fact checks any commercial or other such relationships it has that a member of the public might reasonably conclude could influence the findings of the fact check.
  • 2.4 The applicant is not as an organization affiliated with nor declares or shows support for any party, any politician or political candidate, nor does it advocate for or against any policy positions on any issues save for transparency and accuracy in public debate.
  • 2.5 The applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. Save for the issues of accuracy and transparency, the applicant’s staff do not get involved in advocacy or publicise their views on policy issues the organization might fact check in such a way as might lead a reasonable member of the public to see the organization’s work as biased.

Criteria 2.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please share links to 10 fact checks published over the past year that you believe demonstrate your non-partisanship.
Please briefly explain how the fact checks selected show that (I) you use the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, (II) follow the same essential process for every fact check and (III) let the evidence dictate your conclusions.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Each link listed here has a different main character and complies with our policy of fact-checking as many different topics and politicians as possible, without leading to false equivalences and a biased coverage.

1. Jair Bolsonaro: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/falso-bolsonaro-acabar-feriado-12-de-outubro/

2. Election fraud: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/boletins-de-urna-mostrados-em-video-nao-sao-de-mg-nem-provam-fraude/

3. Lula: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/lula-nao-postou-tuite-em-que-diz-chega-dessa-coisa-de-cristianismo-e-estado-sera-o-novo-deus/

4. Michelle Bolsonaro (Jair's wife): https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/audio-sobre-revelacao-divina-e-guerra-no-segundo-turno-nao-e-de-michelle-bolsonaro/

5. Ciro Gomes (Lula and Bolsonaro's political adversary): https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/nao-e-verdade-que-ciro-gravou-audio-dizendo-que-eleicoes-estao-armadas-para-lula/

6. Alexandre de Moraes (Brazil's Supreme Court justice and Bolsonaro's political adversary): https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/alexandre-de-moraes-nao-pediu-retirada-de-video-em-que-bolsonaro-aparece-emocionado/

7. WhatsApp: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/noticia-bloqueio-whatsapp-brasil-2015-nao-atual/

8. Datafolha (misinformation against pollsters): https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/datafolha-101-porcento-arredondamento/

9. Debate with Brazil's the main presidential candidates, first round: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/checamos-debate-presidencial-band-uol-folha-cultura/

10. Simone Tebet (former presidential candidate, currently Lula's ally): https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/checamos-entrevista-simone-tebet-jornal-nacional/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The 10 links produced by the applicant demonstrate its commitment to non-partisanship and fairness. The applicant's journalistic work is balanced, applying the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, although those are difficult to find, and following the same methodology for checking claims.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 2.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you explain how you select claims to check, explaining how you ensure you do not unduly concentrate your fact-checking on any one side, and how you consider the reach and importance of the claims you select to check.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a page where they describe their methodology in full. In this page, they outline their position of non-partisanship, and not unduly concentrating their fact-checking on any political side. That said, they add that they tend to focus more on fact-checking politicians in power, since they are more relevant to the public debate. Even so, they do this with fairness.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 2.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

After a review of a random sample of fact checks, it was identified that the applicant employes responsible sources in their work. This means that the applicant discloses relevant interests of the sources they quote, although this is not a common occurrence, since the applicant uses sources without interests that may harm the result of the check. Usually, the applicant combines more than one source in order to offset eventual differences in the sources, as can be seen in the following link: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/falso-traficantes-rj-lula/


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 2.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

After a review of a random sample of fact checks from previous months,it was concluded that the applicant does not show support for any party, politician or candidate. Their fact checks are not concetrated in any one side, although, in Brazilian politics, the far right side produces disinformation more abundantly. The applicant fact checks in a fair and balanced way, applying their methodology transparently and consistently.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 2.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you publish a statement setting out your policy on non-partisanship for staff and how it ensures the organization meets this criteria.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The aforementioned Methodology page describes a specific policy for non-partisanship of staff, clearly stating that the staff is oriented not to position themselves politically in public, since this would harm Aos Fatos' idea of plurality and independence.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Section 3: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

To be compliant on sources, applicants must meet these four criteria

  • 3.1 The applicant identifies the source of all significant evidence used in their fact checks, providing relevant links where the source is available online, in such a way that users can replicate their work if they wish. In cases where identifying the source would compromise the source’s personal security, the applicant provides as much detail as compatible with the source’s safety.
  • 3.2 The applicant uses the best available primary, not secondary, sources of evidence wherever suitable primary sources are available. Where suitable primary sources are not available, the applicant explains the use of a secondary source.
  • 3.3 The applicant checks all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence save where the one source is the only source relevant on the topic.
  • 3.4 The applicant identifies in its fact checks the relevant interests of the sources it uses where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

Criteria 3.1
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant consistently identifies the sources of the claims they check. All sources are also linked to. In some cases, when the claim being checked is a viral video or image, said content is hosted in their page and gets a specific watermark, in order not to help the spread of disinformation. The posture of identifying and linking to the sources used can be seen in the following link: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/ponte-sobre-rio-das-mortes-que-aparece-em-video-nao-e-obra-do-governo-bolsonaro/


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 3.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant uses first hand sources to determine the veracity of claims checked. These sources are usually documental, from the government, or from the records of politicians' speeches. It is common for the applicant to combine those with second hand sources, usually other news reports, that may help attest the veracity of a claim. This is only done with material from responsible jounalistic outlets, and is still not the most common method.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 3.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

When checking a claim, the applicant checks all key parts of that claim, in order to bring more clarity and offset differences in the sources. This posture can be identified in the following link, where the applicant combined several sources to analyze the claim at hand: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/fotos-antigas-de-canais-danificados-da-transposicao-do-sao-francisco-circulam-fora-de-contexto/


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 3.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is transparent and responsible regarding the sources used, which means sources are identified, as well as any interest that may affect the conclusion of a check. However, it is not common for a check to have sources that may have interests that harm the journalistic work.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Section 4: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

To be compliant on funding and organization, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 4.1 Applicants that are independent organizations have a page on their website detailing each source of funding accounting for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. This page also sets out the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
  • 4.2 Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.
  • 4.3 A statement on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.
  • 4.4 A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who, according to the organizational structure and play a significant part in its editorial output.
  • 4.5 The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Criteria 4.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please confirm whether you are an ‘independent organization’
or ‘the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization’ and share proof of this organizational status.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Aos Fatos is a journalistic company trading name. It is registered as a news agency: https://www.aosfatos.org/termos-de-uso/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is an independent organization and this is clearly outlined in their website. Their about page also describes their main sources of funding.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 4.2
Proof you meet criteria
If your organization is an “independent organization”, please share a link to the page on your website where you detail your funding and indicate the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
If your organization is “the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization”, please share a link to the statement on your website about your ownership.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Aos Fatos is an independent organization, and their registration is clearly outlined in their website.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 4.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out your organizational structure, making clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a page where the editorial structure is described, with names and positions of people on the team. Who exercises editorial control is also clear.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 4.4
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out the professional biographies of those who play a significant part in your organization’s editorial output.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

We do not disclose our team's biographies anymore due to online safety: https://www.aosfatos.org/nossa-equipe/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant displays names and positions on the Team page, but does not display professional bios. This is done for a safety concern, since they receive several attacks form extremist groups.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 4.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you encourage users to communicate with your editorial team.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

There are different instances:

1. WhatsApp, Telegram and Messenger's chatbot: https://www.aosfatos.org/fatima/

2. Homepage: https://www.aosfatos.org/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant provides easy means for the audience to communicate, especially by using Fatima, their WhatsApp, Telegram and Messenger chatbot.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Section 5: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

To be compliant on methodology, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 5.1 The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.
  • 5.2 The applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims, and where possible explains the reason for choosing the claim to check.
  • 5.3 The applicant sets out in its fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.
  • 5.4 The applicant in its fact checks assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.
  • 5.5 The applicant seeks where possible to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, noting that (I) this is often not possible with online claims, (II) if the person who makes the claim fails to reply in a timely way this should not impede the fact check, (III) if a speaker adds caveats to the claim, the fact-checker should be free to continue with checking the original claim, (IV) fact-checkers may not wish to contact the person who made the claim for safety or other legitimate reasons.
  • 5.6 The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable.

Criteria 5.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to the statement on your website that explains the methodology you use to select, research, write and publish your fact checks.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a Methodology page where they fully describe their journalistic methods and processes. They explain how claims are chosen, checked, edited and then published. Their page is an example to other fact checking organizations.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 5.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

After a review of random checks, it was identified that all claims checked by the applicant are related to issues of social importance and reach. The applicant covers topics such as national politics, public policy, public health and economics, analysing claims that have direct consequences to people's lives.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 5.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant applies evidence responsibly, both to confirm and to undermine a claim. All evidences are named and linked to, when possible. This posture can be seen in the following link: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/video-que-mostra-agressao-em-radio-de-roraima-e-de-2018-e-nao-tem-relacao-com-lula-e-bolsonaro/


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 5.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

With the caveat that exactly similar claims are not always easy to find, the applicant investigates claims responsibly, assessing the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards. The conclusions are dicated by the found evidence. Two similar claims, one made by the right and another by the left, analysed in a balanced way, can be found here: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/video-e-editado-para-fazer-crer-que-cantor-foi-agredido-apos-funk-do-bolsonaro/ /https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/falso-padre-agredido-bolsonaristas-candiota/


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 5.5
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant consistently tries to reach the person who has made a claim being verified. This is done when said person is clearly identified and/or a public actor. However, since plenty of the claims checked are anonimously, contacting the person is not always possible. These attempts to reach them can be seen in the following links: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/tse-nao-obrigou-pastor-andre-valadao-a-se-retratar-nas-redes-sociais/


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 5.6
Proof you meet criteria
Please describe how you encourage users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable. Include links where appropriate. If you do not allow this, explain why.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Aos Fatos uses WhatsApp and Telegram's chatbot Fátima (https://www.aosfatos.org/fatima/) as the center of our audience strategy. With over 35,000 users, it is only possible to manage such interactions with automation. Fátima provides on-demand fact-checks based on linguistic patterns. If a fact-check is not found in our database, the user's demand is sent to a data center of misinformation monitoring in order to be verified.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has an innovative project for gathering claims sent by users, the chatbot Fatima. Based on WhatsApp and Telegram, the bot receives claims from over 35000 users, and delivers on-demand fact-checks based on linguistic patterns. If a claim is not found, it is then added to a database, in order to be verified later. The chatbot is highly publicized, and readers are encouraged to interact with it.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Section 6: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

To be compliant on corrections policy, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 6.1 The applicant has a corrections or complaints policy that is easily visible and accessible on the organization’s website or frequently referenced in broadcasts.
  • 6.2 The policy sets out clear definitions of what it does and does not cover, how major mistakes, especially those requiring revised conclusions of a fact check, are handled, and the fact that some complaints may justify no response. This policy is adhered to scrupulously.
  • 6.3 Where credible evidence is provided that the applicant has made a mistake worthy of correction, the applicant makes a correction openly and transparently, seeking as far as possible to ensure that users of the original see the correction and the corrected version.
  • 6.4 The applicant, if an existing signatory, should either on its corrections/complaints page or on the page where it declares itself an IFCN signatory inform users that if they believe the signatory is violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.
  • 6.5 If the applicant is the fact-checking unit of a media company, it is a requirement of signatory status that the parent media company has and adheres to an open and honest corrections policy.

Criteria 6.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to where you publish on your website your corrections or complaints policy. If you are primarily a broadcaster, please provide evidence you frequently reference your corrections policy in broadcasts.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a clear corrections policy in place, posted in a separate page, accessible from the homepage.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 6.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the corrections policy to verify it meets critera. No additional information needed.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The current corrections policy is clear. It delimits what it covers and how errors are handled. It also provides readers with an email address that they can use to get in touch with the team to report mistakes.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 6.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a short statement about how the policy was adhered to over the previous year (or six months if this is the first application) including evidence of two examples of the responses provided by the applicant to a correction request over the previous year. Where no correction request has been made in the previous year, you must state this in your application, which will be publicly available in the assessment if your application is successful.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Our correction policy is here, with details on how to proceed in case of mistakes made by our team: https://aosfatos.org/politica-de-erros/

Aos Fatos was advised by a reader on Instagram to correct Lula's statement about black university students here: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/no-inicio-do-segundo-turno-bolsonaro-e-lula-citam-informacoes-falsas-sobre-fome-educacao-e-ministros-do-stf/

During live coverages, Aos Fatos warns its audience about changes that might happen in the next hours: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/checamos-candidatos-presidencia-debate-globo/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has provided two pieces of evidence. The first one is a correction done by them in a check about a declaration from presidential candidate Lula. Since it was not possible to understand the clear intent of what Lula meant in his speech, they have removed that part of the check. In the other evidence, the applicant states in live fact-checking sessions that they constantly correct what is being posted in real time.

Searching for "Correção" in the search bar reveals other cases where corrections were done, all of them with a clear warning below the text about what was changed. The following links are examples of this posture: https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/e-falso-que-vacinas-nao-sao-eficazes-contra-infeccao-e-morte-por-covid-19/ / https://www.aosfatos.org/noticias/ponte-rio-mt-nao-obra-governo-bolsonaro/


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 6.4
Proof you meet criteria
If you are an existing signatory, please provide a link to show where on your site you inform users that if they believe you are violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN of this, with a link to the complaints page on the IFCN site.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In their corrections policy, the applicant has inserted a paragraph stating that readers can send a complain to the IFCN if they believe that the applicant is not working according to the IFCN standards. The paragraph links to the complaints policy.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

Criteria 6.5
Proof you meet criteria
If you are the fact-checking unit of a media company, please provide a link to the parent media company’s honest and open corrections policy and provide evidence that it adheres to this.

Aos Fatos
12-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Not applicable.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Not applicable, the applicant is an independent organization.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.