Organization: BOOM
Applicant: Jency Jacob
Assessor: Surekha Deepak

Background

BOOMLive is a part of Outcue Media Private Limited. Outcue Media Private Limited (BOOM Live) is an independent media organisation and fact-checking website. They also publish in a regional language Bengali and from two other countries, Bangladesh and Myanmar. 

Assessment Conclusion

The signatory has compiled with all the criteria and can be accepted

They have published more than the required number of fact checks required for compliance. Most of the stories they debunk have a recognisable impact. They have a clear non partisanship policy.

There is no evidence of any political influence on the stories selected or the way in which they are written.

Sources are linked and referenced. The fact checks are replicable.

Stories from all sides of the spectrum are covered. While many of the fact checks come from social media posts, they also fact check stories covered in by mainstream media. There is no evidence of any  bias.

BOOM is an independent digital journalism initiative by Outcue Media Pvt. Ltd. Outcue Media Private Limited that works with social platforms as well as contract work, media literacy, training as well as media content creation contracts in the non fact checking space.

The applicant does not claim any financial dependence on the state or political actors, nor is there evidence of an affiliation to any political party.

The fact checks cover a variety of subjects, and most aspects of the topic. The process followed is well explained and carried out depending on the need of the story. All claims are checked using similar standards. 

The applicant mentions the sources used in the fact checking process clearly.

There is no evidence that the sources that could influence  their findings. All sources are linked and referenced. The fact checks are replicable.

The website clearly shows the ownership. The organizational structure is clearly mentioned on the website. They use the same standards across all fact checks they publish.

The corrections policy is clearly listed on the website, with links to the IFCN complaints page.

on 10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

Surekha Deepak assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

 Language used is English 

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago)

BOOMLive is a part of Outcue Media Private Limited. Outcue Media Private Limited (BOOM Live) is an independent media organisation and fact-checking website to help fight the growing threat of misinformation and to curtail spreading of fake news.Outcue Media Private Limited (BOOMLive) works with platforms to moderate content and establish the veracity of posts that are going viral and have likely damaging impact on our society.This is now a real-time, 24X7 effort and one of the few of its kind in the world.

Outcue Media Private Limited is recognised as Startup iby Department for Promotion of Industry and internal Trade.

Outcue Media Private Limited (BOOMLive) is a for-profit entity and gets its income from social platforms as well as contract work, media literacy, training as well as media content creation contracts in the non fact checking space.

You can find the Certificate of Incorporation here - https://www.boomlive.in/about-us/

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

BOOMLive is a part of Outcue Media Private Limited. Outcue Media Private Limited (BOOM Live) is an independent media organisation and fact-checking website. The certificate of incorporation is available on the web page. 


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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?

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?

BOOM has been in existence since 2014 as a broad investigative journalism effort and as a full-fledged fake news busting and fact checking initiative since November 2016. We are India’s premier fact checking website, committed to bring to our readers verified facts rather than opinion. BOOM also writes pro-active fact files which serve to educate readers on key issues they might have questions about. Subjects that BOOM actively fact checks range from political, social, communal and health & medicine to products and services and even history.


 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?

At BOOM, we run a newsroom of 20 employees across English, 4 Indian languages and 2 foreign territories. The team includes fact checkers, video producers, desk editors and verification trainers. We have provided their profiles in the About Us section of the website.


 3. What different activities does your organisation carry out?

We are focussed towards fighting misinformation and disinformation across key sectors in India and its surrounding regions.


 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

We are always looking to expand our work in all allied areas that help us leverage the expertise we have built in fighting disinformation. We want to be the preferred partner not just for platforms and brands but also the backbone of any media entity - its readers. We hope to break new ground through technological innovations in fact checking and improve the quality of social media discourse by improving the accessibility to verified information 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

"2.1 BOOM was started in 2014 as a broad investigative journalism effort and as a full-fledged fake news busting and fact checking initiative since November 2016. They say they are committed to publishing facts rather than opinion. BOOM also writes pro-active fact files which serve to educate readers on key issues they might have questions about.

2.2 BOOM has a newsroom of 20 employees across English, 4 Indian languages and 2 other counties.

2.3 They say they are focused on fighting misinformation and disinformation across key sectors in India and its surrounding regions.

2.4 They want to expand and build on expertise built in fighting disinformation. . They want to use technological innovations in fact checking and improve the quality of social media discourse by improving the accessibility to verified information.

"


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Over the last one year, we have written about 15 fact checks every week in English. Following are the links of the categories across the three languages and two foreign territories

English: https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check

Hindi: https://hindi.boomlive.in/fact-check

Bangla: https://www.boombd.com/fake-news 

Myanmar: https://www.boommyanmar.com/fake-news

Bangladesh: https://www.boombd.com/fake-news 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant has published more than the required number of fact checks required for compliance.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant complies with this requirement. Most of the stories they debunk have a strong impact. They cover a range of issues.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Not Applicable. As a policy, BOOM does not work with any arms of the state nor with any political party or their allied agencies. 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

There does not seem to be any political influence on the stories selected or the way in which they are written. Stories from all sides of the spectrum are covered. While many of the fact checks come from social media posts, the fact checks do not carry a bias.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Not applicable

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

They do not receive any funding from political sources and therefore their editorial decisions are not influenced. 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

At BOOM, we fact check political leaders speech across political parties. The same methodology is used for non-partisan examination of claims made and the evidence presented to debunk them. The examples are given below. 


1) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/fake-news-time-magazine-cover-narendra-modi-superspreader-west-bengal-elections-rallies-factcheck-12898

2) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/no-this-is-not-a-death-certificate-with-pm-modis-image-on-it-12868

3) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/fake-news-locket-chatterjee-car-broken-from-inside-west-bengal-elections-bjp-tmc-voting-factcheck-12704

4) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/prime-minister-narendra-modi-mann-ki-baat-pariksha-pe-charcha-2021-pmo-india-attempt-difficult-questions-first-factcheck-12678

5) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/fact-check-fake-news-rahul-gandhi-interaction-with-college-students-assam-elections-unemployment-rate-bjp-congress-12437

6) https://www.boomlive.in/fake-news/no-forbes-did-not-name-rahul-gandhi-on-a-most-educated-leaders-list-10189

7) https://www.boomlive.in/fake-news/man-touching-sonia-gandhis-feet-in-viral-photo-is-not-manmohan-singh-8503

8) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/arvind-kejriwal-face-mask-corona-virus-covid-19-second-wave-fact-check-fake-news-12627

9) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/no-mamata-banerjee-did-not-fake-her-injury-viral-pic-is-flipped-12387 

10) https://www.boomlive.in/fake-news/himanta-biswa-sarma-news18-times-now-falsely-claim-pakistan-zindabad-slogans-raised-in-assam-10540 


Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The fact checks cover a variety of subjects and the fact checks cover a range of the political spectrum too. The process they follow is clearly explained in the stories. All claims are checked using similar standards. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Objective and fair journalism is BOOM’s goal. So while BOOM recognises that every team member will have their own political views, there is a clear and mandatory requirement to be objective and independent while writing a fact check story. Personal biases are weeded out of every story through a clearly laid down process (Please see - https://www.boomlive.in/methodology ) that only looks at the hard facts available. Every fact check is a team play with several eyes looking at the same story to avoid the risk of any individual point of view finding its place in the story. 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

They do not focus on any one side. The site clearly states the process of how they select claims. They monitor news, social media, and statements of politicians and people in positions of authority. Also, readers send them links to be fact-checked. The claim is selected based on newsworthiness its impact, and if content provocative or sensitive, and could potentially cause harm if left unchecked. This is clearly stated on the website.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant mentions the sources used in the fact-checking process clearly, in many cases they are hyperlinked. while they use digital tools, in many cases they contact sources and report. There is no evidence that shows any relationship that could influence their process


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

There is no evidence of the organization’s affiliation to any political party and they clearly state their non-partisan policy.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

Lists out their non-partisan policy on the website in detail which includes a list of activities that are not allowed for the staff. Team members are not allowed to affiliate with any political party or advocacy organization to avoid any potential conflict of interest.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant does identify the source of evidence in detail, and hyper links other sources. Sources are linked and referenced. The fact checks are replicable.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant identifies the source of evidence in detail. Sources are listed and if there is a reference to data or other reports they are hyper linked.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

"They provide links to the relevant sources.

They use both digitals as well as primary sources in the process of fact-checking. They also use media reports, and sometimes fact checks that they had published earlier.

"


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The sources are clearly identified so the reader can conclude if there is any influence of a source on the story.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Kindly refer to this section for all the details - https://www.boomlive.in/about-us/

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

"BOOM is an independent digital journalism initiative by Outcue Media Pvt. Ltd. Outcue Media Private Limited is a for-profit entity and gets its income from social platforms as well as contract work, media literacy, training as well as media content creation contracts in the non Fact checking space.

They receive more than 5 % of their funding from Facebook and Mohalla Tech"


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Kindly refer to https://www.boomlive.in/about-us/ for details of our legal form and funding

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

BOOM is a part of Outcue Media Pvt Ltd. 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

The organisation is run by founder, Govindraj Ethiraj and the editorial team led by Jency Jacob, managing editor of BOOM. The names of the team members including its senior editors are very clearly mentioned in the About us section https://www.boomlive.in/boom-team 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The organizational structure and the editors are mentioned on the page.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The biographies of the fact-checking team are available on the website. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

The email ids of the editorial team are clearly mentioned below the professional biographies of each team member. Please see here - https://www.boomlive.in/boom-team 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

Contact details are clearly provided on the website and they receive requests for factchecks on it. 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The methodology is clearly explained on the website. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

"The process to select a claim to fact check is explained. They monitor news, social media, and statements of politicians and people in positions of authority. Also, readers send them links to be fact-checked.

The claim is selected based on newsworthiness its impact, and if content provocative or sensitive, and could potentially cause harm if left unchecked.

"


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

Yes, the applicant explains the claims and the sources for the claim. The fact checks provide explanations for the evidence they use to counter the claim.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

"They have a process where claims are fact-checked and all evidence is considered and are of the same standard. They state the process followed for each story they debunk :

Trace the source of the claim

Contact the source

Look for evidence and data to support or knock down a claim

Speak to experts/people in the know

Write a fact check: write stories based on the steps detailed above. The fact checks do not show any variance in methodology based on who makes the claim."


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

As many of the stories are online claims the focus is on debunking it. Where possible they have contacted people who have made the claim.  


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

We have provided several options to our readers to reach us with claims they would like us to fact check. We have a WhatsApp helpline (+917700906588) that is available on the following link https://www.boomlive.in/get-in-touch/ and at the bottom of each story. Apart from this, readers can also contact us by filling the form on the above mentioned link. We also encourage readers to reach us on our Twitter handle @boomlive_in and Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/BOOMFactCheck/ )

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The website gives details for readers to send in claims to check. They have a helpline number social media contacts well as an email. They receive claims on this for which they publish fact checks.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

https://www.boomlive.in/correction-policy 

Under the new Information Technology Rules, 2021, it has also become mandatory to appoint a Grievance Officer. We are compliant with the rules and readers can reach out to us with their grievances through this link - https://www.boomlive.in/grievance-redressal

 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The corrections policy is clearly listed on the website. 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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

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24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago


Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The policy clearly states they will make the correction if there are any mistakes. 


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

We have an appeals ID apart from a Contact us form where readers can write to us. We make the corrections and point it out clearly at the bottom of the story by adding an Editor's Note. We also express regret for the error, wherever required. 

1) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-file/west-bengal-polls-bjp-tmc-spent-nearly-2-cr-on-fb-ads-in-90-days-12093

2) https://www.boomlive.in/fake-news/false-viral-message-claiming-11-new-lockdown-rules-in-mumbai-7619

3) https://www.boomlive.in/fact-check/farmers-protest-delhi-borders-tractor-rally-republic-day-parade-january-26-viral-video-christmas-parade-11597

 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant is compliant and has provided examples of the corrections in accordance to the stated policy. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant is compliant with this requirement. They have a link leading to the IFCN complaints page. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

BOOM
24-May-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Not applicable

Surekha Deepak Assessor
10-Jun-2021 (7 months ago)

The applicant does not have a parent media company. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.