Bolivia Verifica

Organization: Bolivia Verifica
Applicant: Renan Estenssoro
Assessor: Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura

Background

Bolivia Verifica is a Bolivian fact-checking organization created from Fundación de Periodismo. They exist since June 2019 and check claims related to politics and social issues in Bolivia, specializing in online rumors. They have a solid operation and follow high journalists standards when checking claims. They also have a thorough explanation of their methodology when choosing and analyzing claims.

Assessment Conclusion

Bolivia Verifica is a serious fact-checking organization that follows good practices when checking claims, being responsible and balanced. They are fully compliant to IFCN criteria.

on 28-Sep-2020 (2 months ago)

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Bolivia Verifica es una organización boliviana de verificación de datos creada a partir de la Fundación de Periodismo. Existen desde junio de 2019 y ​​revisan reclamos relacionados con la política y temas sociales en Bolivia, especializándose en rumores en línea. Tienen un funcionamiento sólido y siguen los altos estándares de los periodistas al verificar las reclamaciones. También tienen una explicación detallada de su metodología a la hora de elegir y analizar reclamaciones.

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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/

On the top of the main page of Bolivia Verifica, we have a button titled “Quienes somos” (Who we are), which leads to a page which includes external links to our statutes and our documents of legal status.

The Foundation for Journalism is a non-profit organization that was created by Bolivian journalists in 2008 and authorized to function as such by Prefectural Resolution No. 603 of the Departmental Autonomous Government of La Paz.

The who we are link is at https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/

And our statutes and legal status are found at https://fundacionperiodismo.org/estatutos/ 

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago)

The applicant is a regularly registered organization.


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?

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

1. The Bolivia Verifica project was created in June 2019 with the objective of fighting disinformation. At the time, Bolivia was on the eve of elections and our objective was to verify the discourse and rumors by and about the presidential candidates.

2. The Bolivia Verifica team consists of 23 people organized as follows: 5 member Board of Directors, 6 journalists in charge of fact checking, 3 editors, 2 journalists producing podcasts, 1 systems manager and in charge of data journalism, 1 graphic designer, 1 podcast animator, 1 marketing and social, media manager, 1 executive director, 1 administrator, 1 administrative assistant

3. The Foundation for Journalism is dedicated to the training and education of journalists in Bolivia. Bolivia Verifica is a project of the Foundation for Journalism aimed at improving the quality of the information that citizens receive.

4. Our objectives are:

Consolidate economic sustainability of the Bolivia Verifica Project.

Fact check information and news of the upcoming presidential, municipal, and governor elections.

Create a Media and Information Literacy education unit to educate citizens on the proper use of social media.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The organization has clear strutures, objectives and history.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We include a list of our fact-checks that includes one link per week of the last 6 months. Also you can find our work of fact check here: https://boliviaverifica.bo/noticias-falsas/

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Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant surpasses the minimum amount of fact checks required.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago


Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant covers issues of social importance and impact.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

This year because of the pandemic, the Foundation for Journalism has an agreement between the United Nations that involves the former Ministry of Communication with the unique intention of collaborating with the infodemic, therefore the topics we write and the content we develop with this agreement involves strictly just the Coronavirus.

This agreement was made in March, the details can be reviewed here: http://boliviaverifica.bo/fundacion-para-el-periodismo-sistema-de-naciones-unidas-y-ministerio-de-comunicacion-firman-acuerdo-para -counter-disinformation /

We had no financial support from last year with political actors or countries.

We can review our financial transparency at this link. https://boliviaverifica.bo/politica-de-fondos/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The funds of the applicant are clearly explained.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

In this link https://boliviaverifica.bo/politica-de-fondos/, the fund policy page we indicate that every financial actor must respect our principle of editorial independence with the following text:

The financial resources received by this program do not influence the work of the Bolivia Verifica Observatory. That said, all those financial actors that get involved with the project will respect our principle of editorial independence.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant doesn't receive funds from governments, only international actors. 


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://boliviaverifica.bo/falso-morales-dijo-que-no-hubo-muertos-antes-de-su-renuncia-a-la-presidencia/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/circula-una-captura-de-pantalla-falsa-de-un-tuit-de-evo-morales/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/enganoso-video-sobre-carlos-mesa/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/chi-hyun-chung-no-propone-votar-por-carlos-mesa/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/falsas-afirmaciones-de-youtuber-mexicano-sobre-la-realidad-boliviana/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/falsa-publicacion-sobre-el-incendio-en-la-chiquitania-que-alude-a-evo-morales/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/evo-afirma-que-sigue-siendo-presidente-y-eso-es-falso/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/gallardo-no-fue-masista-pero-si-es-camachista/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/samuel-critico-a-jeanine-cuando-no-eran-binomio/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/enganosa-declaracion-sobre-ypfb/


By 2019, the Plurinational State of Bolivia had registered 9,596,575 internet connections with 2.5G, 3G and 4G technologies. The influence of the internet has provided digital access to the Bolivian population, and with it, to different digital products such as real-time information.

In this context, different media organizations have expanded their information channels on the internet, providing information and news content. By default, different actors and messaging have emerged with the aim of misinforming the Bolivian end user.

Since its creation, Bolivia Verifica has dedicated its work to verify and deny false publications posted online by so-called “digital warriors” whose mission is to provide disinformation on social media. Such groups aim to take news out of context in order to create panic among citizens. For this reason, our organization provides a rigorous review through a specific methodology to verify and deny misinformation and fake news.

During electoral times, disinformation has entered the media ecosystem with more force, generating, among other things, false or misleading statements by political candidates -- including announcements of political alliances that never happened -- unreliable surveys, and the creation of false news through dedicated web pages.

Following a failed election in late 2019, and the political and social unrest generated by it, Bolivia Verifica analyzed the discourse of various political figures. An important example is that of Evo Morales, who, after resigning to his presidency and moving to Mexico and then Argentina as a political refugee, has maintained in his discourse the idea that, during his government, there were no dead. Bolivia Verifica has verified and denied this claim. With the upcoming new presidential elections, publications about the various candidates are once again taking off.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant is balanced and non-partisan, being transparent in the way they use sources and check claims with different political figures.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant exploses clearly how it choses claims to check, aand how it considers only claims of social importance. They are compliant to the criteria. However, I would suggest for positioning the form link on a more prominent part of the landing page, since the user could have a hard time finding it so down below. Putting a link on the About page would also help.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago


Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant is transparent on what sources are used, and how. Interests are disclosed.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant does not show support for any party, and is balanced in their fact checks.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

At the top of the home page, the following statement is included:

Bolivia Verifica is a non-profit, non-political digital medium dedicated to verifying news and public discourse to fight disinformation and improve democratic participation.

Bolivia Verifica
24-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

At the top of the home page, the following statement is included:

Bolivia Verifica is a non-profit, non-political digital medium dedicated to verifying news and public discourse to fight disinformation and improve democratic participation.

Submit change

Also in our page of Who we are https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/ above the title of the Observatorio Bolivia Verifica there is the following statement that clarifies the non-partisanship of the staff:

El personal de Bolivia Verifica no tiene afiliación política alguna ni compromisos ideológicos ni religiosos. Su trabajo es estrictamente periodístico e independiente y se encuadra dentro de los parámetros éticos y principios de la Fundación para el Periodismo.

"Bolivia Verifica staff has no political affiliation nor ideological or religious commitments. His work is strictly journalistic and independent and falls within the ethical parameters and principles of the Fundación para el Periodismo.


Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The About page and the Methodology page have explanations on how they aim to be independent and non-partisan. However, a clear statement on non-partisanship for the staff specifically should be added.


cancel 2.5 marked as Request change by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
28-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The About page and the Methodology page have explanations on how they aim to be independent and non-partisan. There is a section on the About stating non-partisanship for the staff.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant follows the practices of naming sources and providing links where applicable. Moreover, several links are posted as pages from Web Archive, so users can still see the content even if the pages gets taken down, representing a very good practice.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant uses primary sources to check claims.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant checks claims against more than one source, in a very complete fashion.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant identifies relevant interests of sourcesand uses them in a responsible way.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We are independent organization. 

In the following link we have the proof of our organization status

https://boliviaverifica.bo/transparencia/


Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant is compliant.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Their legal status as independent organization is well documented in their page.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

 On the top of the main page of Bolivia Verifica, we have a button titled “Quienes somos” (Who we are), which leads to a page which includes the detail of our team.

"Quienes somos", https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The structure of the companyis clearly demonstrated, as well as who exercises control.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

All bios are published on their Team page. However, there is just a broken link for Joaquin Alvaro Martela Cruz.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In the middle we have a boton with the text: "CONTACTARSE CON LOS EDITORES" to encourage users to communicate to our editorial team  
https://boliviaverifica.bo/quienes-somos/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

All staff emails are available in the Team section. Also, there is the button for sending claims on WhatsApp.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Their methodology is well explained in their webpage.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Claims have reach and are related to important social issues.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant is responsible in using sources both to undermine and to support claims. This is specially true in the session "misleading information".


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The same high-standards are used for claims coming from different players.


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
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Persons who have made the claims to be checked are often contacted. However, when not possible, since they frequently check online rumours, this does not impede the check to be carried on.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

They have a chatbox for sending claims via WhatsApp. Beyond that, they also have a form on their mainpage encouraging users to send claims. Criteria for what is checkable is complete and clear.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

https://boliviaverifica.bo/metodologia/

On the botton we have the section "Mecanismo de rectificación" in this page we have the following text.:

Nuestro material de boletines, podcasts y videos se somete a nuestra metodología y a la rectificación.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

They have a clear corrections policy in place.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
24-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

It had been reviewed the mechanism of rectification, it now states what covers and what does not about the type of mistakes can be all about shape (like numbers), also background like the cathegory with an explanation.. 

Also states what does not cover, in this point we agree that all affirmation made by Bolivia Verifica is susceptible to be review and if the case of an error, it must follow the mechanism of rectification process, however, it ensures that all consult or petion of rectification must not go against the principles which we submit. 

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All of these is in the botton of our page of methology: https://boliviaverifica.bo/metodologia/, in the  Mechanism of rectification, there is the following text in spanish.

¿Qué errores pueden ser rectificados?

Una cifra: Bolivia Verifica siempre apela a los datos oficiales o bien a la convención internacional para emitir sus criterios. 

Un lugar: Cuando existan diferencias entre el origen geográfico de la información y los datos de la misma.

Una categoría: Cuando se constate que la categoría atribuida no corresponde con el fondo de la verificación.

Toda afirmación realizada por Bolivia Verifica es susceptible de revisión y en caso de constatarse un error, de emitirse una aclaración y/o rectificación.



Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The corrections policy is clear on how errors will be handled, but it should also state what it covers and what it doesn't cover. For example, what type of mistake requires correction in the articles? What types of things wouldn't be corrected if asked? This would make the policy clearer.

Besides, there is a part of the sentence missing in the beginning of the third paragraph.


cancel 6.2 marked as Request change by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
28-Sep-2020 (2 months ago)

The applicant is compliant to the criteria.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The previous year did not have.

But this year we have some examples of how we applied this policy.

As it is told in our rectification mechanism from our method, in the following examples we notify the user that the article was updated or corrected by these signs:

1. In the title we write down “Actualizado” or “ Rectificado” at the beginning.

2. In the first paragraph, there is the date of when was updated or corrected and also an explanation of what had happened and what was the change on the article.

In compliance with our methodology, the corresponding articles have been amended following the rectification mechanism.

https://boliviaverifica.bo/imagenes-registradas-en-peru-circulan-como-si-fuesen-bolivia/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/unitel-indico-que-el-petardazo-era-contra-la-personeria-del-mas/

https://boliviaverifica.bo/cientifico-boliviano-busca-patente-de-la-quinina-pero-el-uso-de-cloroquina-e-hidroxicloroquina-en-covid-19-no-tiene-respaldo-de-la-oms/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Corrections are explained and followed.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://boliviaverifica.bo/metodologia/ 

On the botton, later the notes corrected, we have the botton to the correspondent link.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The link is in place and sends to the proper URL.


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.

Bolivia Verifica
28-Jun-2020 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://boliviaverifica.bo/metodologia/

on the top we specified our policies we adhered.


Images registered in Peru circulate online as if they had happened in Bolivia

https://boliviaverifica.bo/imagenes-registradas-en-peru-circulan-como-si-fuesen-bolivia/

TV network UNITEL indicated on its footer that the firecracker was a protest against the legal status of MAS-IPSP as a political party.

https://boliviaverifica.bo/unitel-indico-que-el-petardazo-era-contra-la-personeria-del-mas/




Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
04-Sep-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Not applicable, the applicant is an autonomous fact-checking organization.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.