Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)

Organization: Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
Applicant: Shujaat Ali
Assessor: Kanchan Kaur

Background

The applicant is a unit of a legally registered organization and has been set up for the purpose of fact-checking. It publishes fact checks regularly and has done so since September 2021. Most of its fact checks focus on claims related to public interest. The applicant’s work does not seem to be controlled by the state or a political party and it says it is not funded by any political sources.

The applicant uses the same standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims, and considers the reach and importance of the claim. Its methodology is written on its website. The applicant discloses its sources and readers can reasonably conclude if the sources could influence the findings of the fact check. No support for any party or advocating for or against any policy positions is visible. The applicant sets out a non-partisanship policy that also explains how it ensures non-partisanship by its staff.

Sources of all evidence used in fact checks are identified; users can replicate the fact checks. It uses both primary and secondary sources and usually checks key elements of claims against more than one source. The applicant identifies sources clearly so that users can understand any interests the sources might have.

The applicant is a unit of a not-for-profit, legally registered organization. It makes a statement on ownership and has produced a legal registration form of its parent company. A page on its website sets out organizational structure and explains how and by whom editorial control is exercised. The page also has professional biographies of all those who play significant role in its editorial output. The applicant has a Contact Us page, to enable users to communicate with its editorial team. It also has links to its social media handles.

The applicant makes a statement about the methodology it uses and selects claims based on the reach and importance of the claims. It sets out evidence that appears to support the claim as well as that appears to undermine it. It uses the same standards for evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim. The applicant makes an effort to encourage users to send in claims to check.

The applicant’s correction policy is easily accessible on the organisation’s website and briefly mentions how it plans to handle mistakes. The applicant has said that it has not made any mistakes so far. The applicant is not an existing signatory of the IFCN. 

Assessment Conclusion

The application may be accepted. 

on 15-Jun-2022 (1 month ago)

Kanchan Kaur assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

The main publishing language of the applicant 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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago)

The about section of our website

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant is a unit of a legally registered organization and says so on its website. 


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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?

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

1. In the era of deep fakes, disinformation and misinformation, we believe in the importance of fact-checking claims. In 2021, we started DFRAC, this fact checking organization to counter these problems and provide the real news to the citizens through the means of our platform.

2. 11 people work with us, in our organization. 

  1. Prashant Tandon as an advisor
  2. Dr. Shujaat Ali Quadri as an editor 
  3. Mohd Fahad as a research analyst
  4. Ms. Bhavna Pathak as a research analyst
  5. Wasim Akram Tyagi as a research fellow
  6. Mayank Sharma as a data scientist
  7. Ananaya Sharma as a research fellow
  8. Nisar Siddiqui as a research fellow
  9. Parul Tewari as a research fellow
  10. Mohd Aalim as a graphic designer / video editor
  11. Shivi Chitranshi as a research trainee 

3. We here at DFRAC primarily focuses on fact-checking and identifying hate speech, we also aware users, informing them how to identify any fake or misleading news on internet. We also focuses on Online scams done and what measures should be taken to avoid it.

4. Our scope over the coming year is to aware as well as educate people about the fake news and what tools and techniques are required to identify such news. Also we will focus and disclose such people who ignite such news and spread it in social media.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The unit has been set up for the purpose of fact-checking and plans to educate people on how to identify fake news. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

We at DFRAC, provide 7 daily fact checks on trending news and publish it in our social media platforms and website.

Website Link: https://dfrac.org/
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DFRAC_org

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant regularly publishes fact checks—more than four or five a week. It has done so since September 2021.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Most of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to public interest. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

We receives crowd funding and donations from our supporters and volunteers in order to grow and expand. These donations help us continue our good work of debunking fake and misleading news in our society. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant’s work does not seem to be controlled by the state or a political party. 


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

We receives crowd funding and donations from our supporters and volunteers in order to grow and expand. These donations help us continue our good work of debunking fake and misleading news in our society.

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/                            

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant says it is not funded by any political sources. 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant’s fact checks use the same standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Our about us section explains that we do a transparent, nonpartisan and evidence based fact checking.


https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant considers the reach and importance of the claim and it states its methodology on its website. 


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant discloses its sources and readers can reasonably conclude if the sources could influence the findings of the fact check. 


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant does not show support for any party and does not advocate for or against any policy positions. 


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
25-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Non-Partisanship Policy

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC) has no political affiliations. We believe in fact-checking news from all ends of the political spectrum and apply the same standards to claims irrespective of who originate them. We call out fake news without any fear or favour.

Our staff are hired on the basis of the clause to agree upon the non-partisanship policy, that there will not be any biasness towards religion, political party, caste, group, etc.


https://dfrac.org/hi/non-partisanship-policy/ 

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant sets out a non-partisanship policy, but it is a general one. It might help for the applicant to explain how it ensures non-partisanship by its staff. It might want to submit a letter or agreement issued to the staff or signed by it professing non-partisanship.


cancel 2.5 marked as Request change by Kanchan Kaur.
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
03-Jun-2022 (2 months ago)

The applicant sets out a non-partisanship policy, that also explains how it ensures non-partisanship by its staff.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Sources of all evidence used in fact checks is identified, providing relevant links so that users can replicate their work. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant uses both primary and secondary sources. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant checks all key elements of claims against more than one source.  


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant identifies sources clearly so that users can understand any interests the sources might have. 


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The legal entity behind DFRAC is a not-for-profit (Section 8) company called REZAVI INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION (CIN: U85300DL2021NPL389131).

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

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Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant is a unit of a not-for-profit, legally registered organization. It has produced a legal registration form of its parent company. 


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The legal entity behind DFRAC is a not-for-profit (Section 8) company called REZAVI INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION (CIN: U85300DL2021NPL389131).

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

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Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant makes a statement on ownership. 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Here is our team section where we have introduced our team and the structure of our organization.

https://dfrac.org/team/our-team/ 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant has a page on the website that sets out its organizational structure and explains how and by whom editorial control is exercised. 


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Here is the section of our team

https://dfrac.org/team/our-team/ 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The page also has professional biographies of all those who play significant role in its editorial output. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

Here is the contact us page, from where users can contact us.

https://dfrac.org/hi/contact-us/ 

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
25-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Reach Us:

We try to cover as many fake news possible but there are some which goes unnoticed from our eyes. Thus, we request you to interact with us and send us claims which can be further investigated by our team to find out the actual reality behind. 

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

If you wish to interact with us by contributing in fact-check, sending claims to clarify or have any queries, please contact us at any of our details below:

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant has a Contact Us page, but it just has an address, a phone number and links to its social media handles. This does not really encourage users to communicate with its editorial team. 


cancel 4.5 marked as Request change by Kanchan Kaur.
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
03-Jun-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant’s Contact Us page, encourages users to communicate with its editorial team. It also has links to its social media handles.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

The page link of our website explains our transparent, nonpartisan and evidence based fact checking.

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/  

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant makes a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish fact checks. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant selects claims to check based on the reach and importance of the claims and explains why it chose the claim. 


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

It sets out evidence that appears to support the claim as well as that appears to undermine it. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant uses the same standards for evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim. 


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Where possible the applicant attempts to contact those who made the claim.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
There’s a lot of misinformation and fake news in both mainstream media and on social media including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Thus, we have provided our contact details to readers who want to share any claims with us for the purpose of fact checking. 


https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
25-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

There’s a lot of misinformation and fake news in both mainstream media and on social media including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Although we try to cover as many fake news possible but there are some which goes unnoticed from our eyes.

Thus, we request people to interact with us and send us claims which can be further investigated by our team to find out the actual reality behind. We will look at the news which are manipulated or shown with missing facts to debunk it and present you the authentic news with the valid facts. The claims which are true or have insufficient data or sources will be informed back to the inquirer.

If you wish to contribute in fact-check, send claims to clarify or have any queries, please contact us at any of our details below:

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant makes an effort to encourage users to send in claims to check, but this effort needs to be explicably delineated on its website.


cancel 5.6 marked as Request change by Kanchan Kaur.
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
03-Jun-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant makes an effort to encourage users to send in claims to check. It explains how it does it on its website.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

At DFRAC, our team tries to get as close to the truth as possible but if in any case there is a correction to be made, we have published our correction or complaint policy.

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant’s correction policy is easily accessible on the organisation’s website. 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago


Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
25-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Correction Policy:

There’s a lot of misinformation and fake news in both mainstream media and on social media including WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Although we try to cover as many fake news possible but there are some which goes unnoticed from our eyes. 

Our team tries to get as close to the truth as possible. But everyone is prone to mistakes once in a while. We encourage our readers to point out any mistakes or requests change in our fact-checks. All articles to which corrections have been made will always be marked with a sufficient explanation and updated information. Please contact us at any of our below details:

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The statement could be a lot more in detail, explaining what it does and does not cover and how it plans to handle major mistakes. 


cancel 6.2 marked as Request change by Kanchan Kaur.
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
03-Jun-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant makes a statement on how it plans to handle mistakes. 


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

There were as of now, no correction requests made by any reader or any user. We encourage our readers to point out any mistakes in our fact-checks through emailing us at: dfracorg@gmail.com

https://dfrac.org/en/about-us-2/ 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant has said that it has not made any mistakes so far.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

We are not an existing signatory.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant is not an existing signatory. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (D-FRAC)
28-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

We are not a unit of a media company

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
16-May-2022 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

This does not apply to the applicant. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.