Organization: FACTLY MEDIA & RESEARCH
Applicant: Rakesh Dubbudu
Assessor: Surekha Deepak
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
For Criteria 1b
We have been doing fact checking on & off. But starting September (following the IFCN Flash grant), we have been regular. In October, we did 20 fact checks and in November, we have already published 6. Hence the regularity will be maintained.
For Criteria 2a
The current focus is on fact checking the claims made by the central government on their 48-month portal since this is a part of a time-bound IFCN grant and also in the light of ensuing elections in 2019. At the same time, we are putting efforts to fact check claims made by the opposition as well. More such fact checks on the claims made by the opposition will be published in the coming weeks & months.
For Criteria 4a
Each source of funding though not specific is listed. There are no other sources of funding other than the ones mentioned. The founding partners of the registered entity are ‘Rakesh Dubbudu’ & ‘Sahitya Reddi’. Audited financial statements will be provided if needed.
For Criterion 4c
An email has now been listed in this page (https://factly.in/contact/)
For Criterion 5b
An email has now been listed in this page for submission of claims (https://factly.in/contact/)
For Criterion 6a & 6b
Corrections policy is already available on this page (https://factly.in/contact/). It has been explained more clearly now. There have been no corrections made apart from two updates. Hence examples could not be provided.
From the assessor:
Factly has clarified some of the issues raised during the earlier assessment. The signatory has compiled with all criteria quite clearly and can be accepted.
1.B. Fully Compliant
As they have received a grant for fact checking in Sept. post this they have been meeting the required number of stories.
2A. Fully compliant
They have a grant that allows them to focus on the working of the govt. and have agreed to widen the scope of claims they will verify.
4.A. Fully Compliant
They say that most of the finding is from the founders in addition to the grant from IFCN
4 C. Fully Compliant
An email contact is listed.
5 B. Fully Compliant
Contact email has been listed.
6 A & B. Fully Compliant
They have clarified this policy.
Conclusion and recommendations
Surekha Deepak wrote:
The signatory has compiled with all criteria quite clearly and can be accepted subject to edits.
The website is a private digital network and has started fact checking regularly over the last month or so. The earlier months are more sketchy.
The fact checks are mostly limited to government claims. Could include other sources or explain why they chose to check just the government.
All key sources are linked and identified.
Details of funding are not clearly defined. Team members are clearly listed and there is a form for readers to contact the organisation. This process can be made easier.
The website explains its fact checking methodology. It has no clear corrections policy. This could be rectified.