Chequeado

Organization: Chequeado
Applicant: Pablo Martín Fernández
Assessor: Ramón Salaverría

Background

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Assessment Conclusion

Chequeado complies with all the requirements of the IFCN Code of Principles. According to my assessment, there is some room for improvement on criterion 4.1, but I leave to IFCN Board's consideration to decide if this organization needs to provide additional financial information in order to fully meet this criterion. My overall recommendation to the Board is to validate the renewal of their accreditation.


on 26-May-2020 (2 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Chequeado es una organización periodística de Argentina, dedicada a la verificación informativa desde 2010. De acuerdo con la evaluación realizada en mayo de 2020, esta organización cumple con todos los requisitos del Código de Principios de International Fact-Checking Network (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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Our legal documentation and accounting balances can be found at https://chequeado.com/rendicion-de-cuentas/. This section also includes how we make our decisions in terms of strategy and investing the resources we collect. 

Files Attached
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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Bound to Fundación La Voz Pública,a non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation, Chequeado is a legally registered organization in Argentina. Details of this are easily found on its website. Chequeado is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking and associated activities. According to the detailed financial information published, Chequeado does not receive funding from local or foreign state or political sources.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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?

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

1. Chequeado was born in 2010, and was created by Julio Aranovich, José Bekinschtein and Roberto Lugo. Its founders come from outside the world of journalism: while Aranovich is a physicist, Bekinschtein is an economist and Lugo is a chemist. Chequeado was born in a context of great political and media polarization (with the public dispute between the government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the multimedia company Clarín), in addition to a high degree of mistrust with respect to the official statistics published by the INDEC (the National Statistics Agency), at that time intervened by the National Government.

The organization found its main inspiration in initiatives with a certain track record in the northern hemisphere, such as FactCheck.org and Politifact from the United States, Channel 4 News Fact Check from the United Kingdom, and Les Décodeurs from France. Over the years, however, it has developed different activities and currently has a media program, an innovation program and a third program dedicated to the development of educational strategies in the area of media literacy and critical thinking.

Its aim is to provide reliable and relevant data on public debate subjects. For this, since its launch it regularly publishes fact checks, as well as journalistic pieces in other formats, that help provide evidence for citizens decision making, such as explainers and, since 2014, hoaxes debunkings.

2. There are 22 people working directly in the organization. There are two main directive roles, as well as six coordinators of the different areas (Media, Special Projects, Education, Impact and Research, Institutional Development and Communications). There are also four fact-checkers, a community manager, three developers working on product development, two education specialists and four people working on fundraising and administration. There are also several volunteers, mainly working on data research for fact-checks, and ten consultants that collaborate with the different projects, such as audiovisual producers, designers and journalists. 

3. Chequeado conducts journalistic work, as well as an educational program to stimulate critical thinking and an innovation program to experiment with new formats with greater impact and develop automatization tools for fact checking.

Each program carries out different activities, that usually also involve the rest of the areas at some point. Some of these projects led by them are:

- Media: fact checking, viral contents debunking, investigative journalism, open data monitoring, promise tracking, data consultancy.

- Education: online courses for journalists, content and training on media literacy and critical thinking for teenagers, training for media practitioners, academic research.

- Innovation: design production, data visualizations, fact-checking automation, product improvements.

The organization also produces research on fact-checking and several platforms oriented to improving access to information. They can be found in https://chequeado.com/proyectos/

4. There are many goals for years 2020-2021. Some of the most relevant are:

Lead wide alliances in Latin America and in Argentina with media organizations in order to limit the spread of disinformation.

Leverage the 10 years of Chequeado to build the loyalty of the organization's various networks

Develop new editorial and narrative products to reach new audiences and strengthen the role of Chequeado in monitoring the public discourse of new governments and fighting dis-misinformation at the federal, regional and global levels.

Advance the process of fact-checking automation.

Develop new educational innovation initiatives to impact thousands of teenagers in the field of media literacy.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Chequeado has presented, in full detail, information about:

1. The year (2010) and the reasons why this fact-checking operation started.

2. The amount of people (22) who work in the organization, indicating their respective roles.

3. What different activities are carried out by Chequeado.

4. What are the goals of Chequeado over the coming year, which comprise international alliances, developing new editorial products and experimenting with new technologies.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

In the period from February 5th to May 4th, 42 fact-checks were published, including those produced during the Live collective fact-check to the President speech at the congress. Every fact-check published in this period relates to the public interest as defined by the IFCN: “issues that relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society”.

Chequeado publishes fact-checks regularly, and averages over three fact-checks per week, that are complemented by explainers and debunks (https://chequeado.com/el-explicador/) or other articles related to data and public debate analysis (Hilando Fino: https://chequeado.com/hilando-fino/). It is also part of the Third Party Fact-Checking initiative, through which publishes around 40 debunks per month (chequeado.com/verificacionfb). 

Files Attached
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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago)

Chequeado has presented a spreadsheet with 42 fact-checks performed by this organization over the three months prior to the date of application (5 Feb. 2020 - 27 Apr. 2020), almost four times the amount of evidences requested (13). The additional details on these fact-checks are also provided, with full clarity.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

More than 75% of Chequeado’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society in Argentina. Chequeado’s editorial output is not, in the view and knowledge of the assessor, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.



done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

There is no relationship at the institutional level, as Chequeado does not receive funds from government offices nor intervene in government’s projects. We have only held conversations in terms of improving data open by the government, or general recommendations on Access to Information but no official commitments are involved. 

In terms of public officers, there had been cases of former donors or members of the Board, but both the financial and institutional relationships were terminated once they took office. 

However, Chequeado does accept funding from foreign Embassies or delegations based in Argentina, from countries such as the United States, the UK, the Netherlands and New Zealand, which were donors in the past, as part of its funding diversification strategy. Among these, and during 2019, the organization only received public funding from the US Embassy. 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Although Chequeado has accepted donations from foreign organizations and embassies in the past, it does not receive funds from Argentinian government offices nor intervene in government’s projects.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Chequeado provides full and transparent disclosure of all the relevant information about its ownership and funding scheme.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

https://chequeado.com/chequeoenvivo2019/primerdebate2019.html

https://chequeado.com/chequeoenvivo2019/segundodebate2019.html

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/rodriguez-larreta-en-la-argentina-la-edad-promedio-de-los-fallecidos-es-de-71-anos/

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/alberto-fernandez-del-total-de-muertos-el-85-son-personas-de-mas-de-65-anos/

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/santilli-buenos-aires-es-la-tercera-ciudad-despues-de-ottawa-y-la-paz-con-menor-homicidio-en-toda-america/

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/pichetto-macri-ponia-el-70-del-presupuesto-en-seguridad-social/

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/del-cano-el-presupuesto-de-salud-perdio-un-25-en-los-4-anos-de-gobierno-de-macri/

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/lacunza-no-hay-desequilibrio-fiscal/

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/massa-us-60-mil-millones-se-fueron-de-la-argentina-desde-que-macri-es-presidente/

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/stanley-el-gasto-social-en-la-nacion-es-mas-del-75-del-presupuesto/


Chequeado is committed to non partisanship since its beginning. Chequeado does not unduly concentrate on one side of the question analyzed; on the contrary, it strives to provide unbiased and accountable information, in order to allow their users to get a clear and contextualized understanding of the issues.

The claims that are fact checked are selected according to their impact and relevance, and cover all relevant members of the public debate. We have a public method, which includes asking the person who is being fact checked about the source of their information, which assures us each person has the same possibility to answer, and their claim will have the same treatment, as we follow the same method in all cases (the method can be seen here: https://chequeado.com/metodo/). Every factcheck resorts to the best information available, which is also validated by the experts that take part in the process. Chequeado has not ever supported a candidate in any election nor advocate or take partisan positions on any issues, except on its commitment to public transparency and access to information.

We also have a public policy on how we select phrases and process the information: https://chequeado.com/politica-de-imparcialidad-y-equidad/

The balance can be seen in this selection of pieces in which Chequeado fact checked members of the governing party, and the main opposition parties, and also, after and before the change of the ruling party (which took place in December). Also, this selection includes those produced during the live collective fact-checks of the electoral debates, in which the candidates for presidency from each party took part. All the fact-checks respond to a search for balance and impartiality, and they were all treated equally. In certain contexts, such as the last few months, it is harder to find fact-checkable claims from particular actors. For example, after the change of government, the former leading party leaders decided to remain silent in the public debate and not to make open statements regarding the current administration for a while, especially, after what was considered a failure in the . This is why in the

Qualifications are only evidence guided, and are discussed thoroughly only after the information gathered is analysed and contextualised with the support of the experts. If new evidence arises, stronger than the previous one, then modifications are made to preserve the internal strength of the fact-check.  

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Regardless the ideological alignment of the institution, political party or person, Chequeado applies a consistent and sound fact-checking methodology. The non-partisanship has been properly demonstrated by this organization, by providing, as requested, ten examples of fact-checks to Argentinian politicians of all the political spectrum. Chequeado avoids any partisanship



done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As requested, Chequeado has presented evidence of a page where it provides information about its policy to avoid any unduly concentration of fact-checking on any ideological side.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Jun. 2019 - May. 2020), I see no trace of any commercial interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of Chequeado.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Jun. 2019 - May. 2020), I see no trace of any political or ideological interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of Chequeado.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As requested, the applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. According to this policy, "being part of the Chequeado staff implies a commitment not to be affiliated with any party. Furthermore, all our journalists are independent professionals and their profiles are public" (asssesor's translation).


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Jun. 2019 - May. 2020), I find the use of links to back fact-checks very consistent and widespread. Users can easily check the relevant information by themselves.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

According to my knowledge, I find the sources used by Chequeado to back fact-checks as relevant and sound. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Jun. 2019 - May. 2020), I find that Chequeado uses a great diversity of sources to back its fact-checks, giving priority for public, open-access content. Although there is some degree of self-referential linking, external sources are the core of the background information and they are consistently referred. There is not any unduly concentration in any specific sources. 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Although it's quite unsual, when needed, Chequeado adequately contextualizes the information about the sources used to back the fact-checks. It provides enough details so that readers can reasonably conclude the interests that could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Chequeado is an independent organization

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Chequeado is commited to the accountability and transparency of its funding. It has a section on its website where it provides detailed information about the financial aspects of their fact-checking organization. On that page, however, Chequeado does not provide clear details about each source of funding accounting for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. I leave to IFCN Board's consideration to decide if this organization needs to provide additional financial information in order to fully meet this criterion.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As requested, Chequeado has indicated a link to a page on its website where it details the funding and indicates the legal form in which the organization is registered, amking a clear statement on ownership.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Chequeado informs in detail about its staff members and collaborators, indicating their respective level of responsibility.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Staff members' biografies are provided, including their personal email addresses and social media accounts.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Users can easily contact Chequeado trough different means, such as a contact form aimed at suggesting topics for fact-checks, different social media platforms, and staff members' emails, which are openly disclosed.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Chequeado's fact-checking methodology is sound and reliable, consistently applied and publicly disclosed on its website. In addition, on the same page it also explains the methodology used for exposing viral misinformation.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Jun. 2019 - May. 2020), I find that Chequeado selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Drawing upon a number of randomly selected fact-checks published over the previous year (Jun. 2019 - May. 2020), I have come to the conclusion that Chequeado shows a strong commitment to transparency and fairness when processing claims. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

According to my experience reading a number of fact-checks, Chequeado uses the same standards, regardless of who made the claim.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

In the random sample of fact-checks that I used for this assessment, I did not find any examples of the situations indicated in this criterion. Since I don't have any evidence of misbehaviour or infringement of this part of the code of principles by Chequeado, my assessment is positive.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

There are several channels through which our readers can share claims with us to fact-check.

We have a platform to receive suggestions from reader that is called Chequeo Colectivo (http://chequeado.com/colectivo/) where we answer and classify the suggestions according to whether they have already been fact checked, if it is in process or if it can not be fact checked.

We also receive emails through our contact form (https://chequeado.com/contacto/) with suggestions and we have a WhatsApp line were our readers can send us suggestions. We post this regularly on social media (https://twitter.com/search?q=chequeado.com%2Fwhatsapp%20%40chequeado&src=typed_query&f=live)

We can also be reached in social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. We respond to every request to the extent of our capabilities and indicate whether the requested claim is checkable or not. This is also stated at every article published after being requested via these platforms.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As requested, Chequeado has provided detailed information about how it allows users to send claims and corrections through different means of contact. Chequeado has a section, called Chequeo Colectivo, where it actively invites users to contribute with their ideas and suggested topics to be fact-checked.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Chequeado has a sound corrections policy. It allows users to send claims and corrections through different means of contact (mail, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp). In case a mistake has been found by anyone, Chequeado commits itself to responding to these claims in less than 48 hours.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The corrections procedure is explained in detail, so that readers can know in advance the how they are handled.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Chequeado allows users to send claims and corrections through different means of contact. In case a mistake has been found by anyone, Chequeado commits itself to responding to these claims in less than 48 hours. Where a correction had to be made to fact-checks, Chequeado has provided a clear correction statement in that same page. In addition, it has a public page that lists the updates and corrections (Actualizaciones y correcciones: https://chequeado.com/actualizaciones-y-correcciones/) made over the last few years. Our correction policy is also part of our method and it can be seen here: chequeado.com/metodo

In 2019, some examples are these:

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/alberto-fernandez-sobre-el-coronavirus-la-mortalidad-en-mayores-de-65-anos-es-del-80/ - In this case, an update was added after the President Alberto Fernandez modified the claim in following public appearances.

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/cuando-macri-llego-al-gobierno-la-deuda-estaba-en-el-38-del-producto-hoy-es-el-100/ - This is a correction that had to be made due to an involuntary mistake made in the transcription of the statement to fact-check. After some readers questioned this, Chequeado modified the analysis subsequently.

https://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/macri-pusimos-robotica-y-programacion-desde-jardin-de-infantes-uno-de-los-5-paises-del-mundo-reconocidos-por-la-unesco/ - It was initially stated that Argentina had received recognition from UNESCO for the incorporation of robotics; this is actually a working document that describes different initiatives in this regard, including Argentina.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As requested, Chequeado has presented evidence of up to three corrections (1, 2, 3) published over the last year (Jun. 2019- May 2020). These corrections are clear and can be found easily on the page, as specific remarks at the bottom of the fact-checks.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

As requested, Chequeado has a section of its website where it indicates how the users should proceed in case they want to inform the IFCN of any violation of the Code of Principles. It is available at the bottom of this page.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Chequeado
06-May-2020 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
17-May-2020 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Chequeado is a stand-alone fact-checking organization, not bound to any other parent organization.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.