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Faktisk.no

Organization: Faktisk.no
Applicant: Olav Østrem
Assessor: Ester Appelgren

Background

This is an application for renewal. Faktisk.no is an established fact checker with a very good track record.

Assessment Conclusion

 The applicant is truly dedicated to following the IFCN criteria and I enjoyed reviewing the sample of articles. I found that the applicant really goes the extra mile. See for example the piece on the device that supposedly lower energy consumption, here the applicant for example shows that the fake journalist making the claim has country specific customised names on the various national websites presenting the device. This was one of many fun facts presented in the piece, even though the claim was already clearly established as false.

I found that there is a strong Facebook dominance in the material, in terms of where the selected claims have been published, and this is of course natural because of the reach of the platform. Therefore, I am happy to see that the applicant has explained their relationship with Facebook in detail so that the reader understand that the applicant has editorial independence. 

on 14-Jan-2022 (2 years ago)

Ester Appelgren assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Since my native language is Swedish, I will not write a summary in Norwegian.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://w2.brreg.no/enhet/sok/detalj.jsp?orgnr=919036508 (Norwegian company registration authority) This is an application for renewal. There is no change in our purpose or organization. Here is the link to the relevant page of our website: https://www.faktisk.no/om-oss

Be advised that we have gone through a comprehensive redesign both of layout and design concept, where the most prominent change is that we have got rid of the traditional color-scale, and now operate with a written conclusion without rigid categories. This gives more space for nuances and a better focus on the context of the fact-check. 

Also, the redesign includes a much more prominent marketing to encourage users to communicate with your editorial team through a large "Do you know about something we should fact-check"-promotion above the footer on every page. This links to a simple and very efficient tip-form which has increased our incoming tips formidably. 

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago)

The applicant is a registered organization owned by six separate Norwegian news organizations. There are sufficient information about the legal status and ownership on the applicant's website.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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?

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

1. Non profit Faktisk.no was launched July 5th 2017 as Norways first independent fact-checking organization to counter the spread of misinformation and disinformation in the public discourse.

2. currently 16 people work for Faktisk.no. There is one editor-in-chief, five fact checkers, two video reporters, one project manager, one developer, one analytics manager and five teachers.

3. We fact check the public discourse on all platforms. We also have a school department for fact-checking, source criticism and information literacy for children and young adults. And we teach fact checking and investigative journalism to journalists, students e.t.c. This project is named "Tenk." (Think), and is a separate department within our organization, and not part of the editorial team. ( www.tenk.faktisk.no ). Last but not least, we are in the process of building an insight and analytics department for better monitoring and understanding of information disorders in the Norwegian and Nordic public discourse. This latter initiative is part of the NORDIS project, building a Nordic EDMO hub together with Källkritikbyrän in Sweden, TjekDet in Denmark, Faktabaari in Finland and the universities of Aarhus, Bergen, Uppsala and Helsinki. 

4. To do more of the above - and succeeding with building a sustainable insight and analytics department and NORDIS Hub. 

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The applicant is a fact-checking organization with an excellent track record. They have won awards and are well known in Norway and abroad. Their purpose is primarily to factcheck but they are also engaging in activities related to elementary education in schools and research projects with Nordic universities. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

All of our fact checks, fact stories e.t.c are published at www.faktisk.no

We also post videos and simple debunks directly on facebook as posts: www.facebook.com/faktisk/ and on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQz_Ho0jf2x0CCHbVWRfySw/videos and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faktisk.no/

We also publish updated and case based learning resources in fact checking for teachers and schools at https://tenk.faktisk.no/ (the site for our school-project Tenk (Think)) and on the FB and Instagram pages for Tenk (https://www.facebook.com/tenk.faktisk / https://www.instagram.com/tenk.faktisk/)

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The layout does not easily display publication date to the reader, however the publication date is available a bit further down on the page than expected.

The applicant has published approx. 26 fact checks over the past 6 months.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The review of a sample of articles does not show any signs of support for any party or political standpoint. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Faktisk.no is a non partisan and independent non profit media company. We do not receive direct operational funding or support from foreign or local state or political actors over the previous financial year. However, we are owned by six of Norways largest media companies, where the state owned public broadcaster NRK is one of them.

We did apply for, and receive, approximately 1,2 MNOK from the Innovation and development grant scheme given by the Norwegian Media Authority as part of the Norwegian Media support scheme. This grant was given as support for building our new insight and analytics department. More about these scheme: https://www.medietilsynet.no/mediestotte/innovasjons--og-utviklingstilskudd/

We are also part of the nordic EDMO-hub NORDIS, which is funded by European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) grant money. EDMO is an independent consortium funded by the EU. More about EDMO here: https://edmo.eu/edmo-at-a-glance/

Our school project "Tenk", which is a different department within our organization, received in 2021 a government grant over the state education budget. This grant will probably continue. Tenk is however a separate part of Faktisk, not involved in the editorial fact-checking work. Their finances are also separate at large.

Regardless of this, all grant providers, donors and owners must abide our organization being independent, transparent and non-profit. We do not accept external guidelines or requirements for how our school project (or the rest of the organization) prioritizes or performs its work. Tenk follows the same strict ethical code of conduct as the rest of the organization. Editorial independence is secured by law in Norway, and by the various ethical code of conducts accepted by all established media organizations and their editors. 

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The initiative is independent and clearly states the funding from other organizations. Some of these are state actors, however my assessment is that such funding does not affect editorial decision making.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We have several pages about us and our organization: https://www.faktisk.no/om-oss (About us) / https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi (How we work) / https://www.faktisk.no/redaksjonen-og-styret (Editorial staff and the board) / https://www.faktisk.no/finansiering (Finances). 

These page provides full information about: Our owners, the editorial staff, the school project Think, our board of directors, our finances, our articles of association, a translation of the Fact-checkers code of principles, our internal ethics rules for Faktisk.no e.t.c.

The first "About us" page begins by explaining our commitment to free and independent journalism, and how we are bound to follow the ethical code of practice for the Norwegian press, the Norwegian editors code of conduct, the IFCN code of principles and our affiliations.

Also, we have a page explaining our finances in detail - at least quarterly updated: https://www.faktisk.no/finansiering which discloses our full financial statements and accounting year by year from our launch in 2017. Also we try to keep a public update on our current accounting for the current year. 

We have also a new website for our school project Tenk (www.tenk.faktisk.no), where we follow the same transparency as Faktisk: https://tenk.faktisk.no/om-oss (About us) https://tenk.faktisk.no/finansiering (Finances).

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, the different types of fundors are clearly listed and in the application these relationships are explained and appear not interfere with editorial independence, in particular this is the case for the cooperation with Facebook. However, the relationships with fundors are only partly described on the about page. It would be fantastic if the applicant could explain the different commitments similar to how they describe it under the subheadline "Andre bidragsytere".


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/jn972/forbudt-a-sproyte-amandinepoteter-med-giftig-stoff

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/0qx34/nei-mdg-vil-ikke-forby-vedfyring

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/zm9we/nei-koronavaksinen-inneholder-ikke-grafen

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/zwnqk/ufore-som-har-fatt-redusert-barnetillegget-taper-i-snitt-over-50-000-kroner

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/06m53/nei-dette-bildet-viser-ikke-franskmenn-som-star-opp-for-sin-frihet

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/je9re/antall-sauer-tatt-av-rovdyr-er-mer-enn-halvert-de-siste-atte-arene

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/0re76/nei-denne-boksen-reduserer-ikke-stromregningen-din

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/0g5xv/frp-bruker-upresise-utslippstall-for-norge-vs-kina

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/z4m8y/nei-300-000-underskrifter-gir-ikke-folkeavstemning

https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/0g8o8/smitten-blant-unge-er-100-ganger-hoyere-enn-nrk-hevdet

The selection above show in our opinion our diverse and impartial fact-checking, based on current affairs, virality and the criterias and methodology described. Note that we have done a thorough redesign since our last evaluation, leaving our scale behind and focusing on a written conclusion instead. This to have more focus on the context and often complexity of a fact-check, and not on the color of the rating (less polarizing). 

We also publish a large number of so called fact-stories ( https://www.faktisk.no/sjangere/artikkel ), providing in depth or background on topics regarding current misinformation and disinformation. These does not conclude like a standard fact-check - however they follow the same strict rules regarding high standards, impartiality and non bias. During the pandemic, this format has in large been preferred on covid-related matters, as it has been about science in progress with far to many unknowns. 

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The format of the fact-checks are set with clear claims and conclusions displayed. I found one example that differs, in this case it was a video with the content. Claims made by different Norwegian political actors are covered, using the systematic methodology.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi (How we work)

Also, since we are part of the 3PFC-partnership with Facebook, we have a thorough description of how this works as well: https://www.faktisk.no/om-oss/facebook  

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The applicant presents excellent descriptions on the methodology behind the fact-checking stories on their website in the section "Slik jobber vi" (This is how we carry out our work).


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

When possible, I find from the review of sampled articles that Faktisk.no makes the interest of the person/organization behind a claim evident in an excellent way. See for example the Amandine-potato story, the wooden fire stove-story and the story about the manipulated French, or actually Russian image.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Based on the sampled articles I have reviewed, I have found that the applicant does not take political or policy positions.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We are completely open about key actors, boards, current and former staff e.t.c here: https://www.faktisk.no/om-oss (About us)

Our staff and board: https://www.faktisk.no/redaksjonen-og-styret (Editorial staff and board)

About the School-department and their staff: https://tenk.faktisk.no/om-oss 

See also answer 1.6. 

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes there is a policy. It is somewhat nested, but available here: https://www.faktisk.no/vedtekter-etikkregler-og-faktasjekkplakaten 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In many fact checks, one expert or authority has been contacted or referenced to, sometimes several. Relevant people, individuals or representatives from organizations responsible for making false claims are interviewed or at least contacted. Other media are often cited as sources, reports or documents are cited and most often presented with links. However, the layout makes it quite difficult to spot the links as they are underlined in almost the same color as the background color. Graphs have sources, often to offical data. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Primary sources are used in most fact checks. There are also many references to secondary sources where relevant. One isse that may be problematic over time is that images/screenshots of websites/social media or websites are rarely presented with a time stamp. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, from the reviewed sample, I can conclude that multiple sources are always used.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, see also my comment for criteria 2.3. When relevant and possible, Faktisk.no truly succeeds in explaining interests of those that make claims.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We are an independent organization. This is the link to the Norwegian Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities: https://w2.brreg.no/enhet/sok/detalj.jsp?orgnr=919036508

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, the website is detailed in terms of sources of funding and the applicant is an independent organization.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Here is the link to our "About"-page: https://www.faktisk.no/om-oss 

Here is the link to our "Finance transparency"-page: https://www.faktisk.no/finansiering

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, the ownership status is clearly explained.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Here is the link to our "About"-page: https://www.faktisk.no/om-oss 

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

There is a page focused on the editorial organization of the applicant with bios and titles making it clear who is in editorial control.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, there are images and bios of the staff presented on the website, including contact details.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We inform and link to our contact details through a huge "Do you know of anything we should fact-check?" above the footer of every page - as well as in the corrections-section on our "How we work"-page: https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi 

The details and emails to all our staff is provided here: https://www.faktisk.no/redaksjonen-og-styret 

Also, the emails to all our fact-checkers are linked in their bylines in every fact-check.

Most of our daily dialog is on social media, through our fb-page https://www.facebook.com/faktisk

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

At the bottom of each page, there is a question stating "Do you know of things that you think we should fact-check?" and a link to "contact us". This is very clear prompt to make contact.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

This is the "How we work"-page: https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi 

This also links to a more thorough explainer about our Facebook Third Party Fact-checking Program partnership: https://www.faktisk.no/facebook 

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The methodology is clearly presented.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The applicant states regularly that a claim has been selected because several readers have contacted them and asked for the claim to be checked, thus signalling that there are possibilities to interact and contribute with claims. It is clear from the methodology description how claims are selected.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The fact checks are balanced. Both supporting and contrasting evidence are provided when suitable.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, in the reviewed sample of articles, there does not appear to be differences.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In several of the fact-checks the person behind the claim is interviewed, and they also sometimes comment on the conclusion of the fact check. For example, in the sample, I found some fact checks were politicians sometimes debated the credibility of Faktisk.no once a claim was falsified. In those instances this debate was transparently published at the end of the story.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

As earlier mentioned, above the footer of every published fact-check and page there is ha huge encouragement to send us claims to check. Also we do in the dialog on social media and with a thorough description of our methodology in our methodology-page: https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi 

On Faktisk.no we ask readers to send us claims by e-mail: kontakt@faktisk.no and we receive claims through our active twitter account twitter.com/faktisk_n

Our footer has all the relevant links to both our contact mail, corrections, editor in chief e.t.c.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, the applicant clearly encourage users to contact them and this information is available on each page of the website.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Our correction policy is thoroughly described in our methodology-section "How we work": https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi - and is also directly announced on our front page and on the footer of every page generated on Faktisk.no. The Footer also link to our ethical guidelines and a translated version of the IFCN Code of Principles: https://www.faktisk.no/vedtekter-etikkregler-og-faktasjekkplakaten 

When it comes to policies: Our "How we work" section ( https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi ) has a translated version of the IFCN Code of Principles, and outlined the policy of article 5: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy. 

In our translation, we state: "We have a transparent corrections policy and follow it always. Our corrections are clearly marked and openly published in compliant with our corrections policy, to make sure our readers sees the correct version."

Also, as previously described, we outline our "House ethics rules" ( https://www.faktisk.no/vedtekter-etikkregler-og-faktasjekkplakaten ), which comes in addition to the Norwegian Press Association's Code of Ethics, which applies to us ( https://presse.no/pfu/etiske-regler/vaer-varsom-plakaten/vvpl-engelsk/ ). These bind us to fair treatment of all sources.

To comply to the standards of media outlets in Norway, our footer encourage readers to contact us if they have a complaint, linking to our correction policy. The footer also includes the name and email address to the editor-in-chief, as well as our general contact address. It also hyperlinks to the Norwegian Press Association's Code of Ethics, the Norwegian Editor's Association’s Code of Ethics, and to the IFCN Code Of Principles. 

Also, we publish full bios and contact details for all our staff in the About us section. Every fact-check has a byline with the name and email link to the fact-checkers who wrote the article.

We also have a very active dialogue with our readers by email, Twitter and Facebook page - were the discussion is live almost 24/7.

In addition: Any changes or corrections in a fact-check into a separate section at the end of the fact-check (in example: https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/jy9mm/sa-mye-har-mdg-politikeren-floyet-pa-to-ar ), we also have added a separate change/correction logg, which can be followed both on our statistics-section or by RSS-feed: https://www.faktisk.no/endringer

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, there is a clear corrections policy in the "Slik jobber vi" section.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, the policy is sufficient and meets the criteria


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Any changes or corrections in a fact-check into a separate section at the end of the fact-check (in example: https://www.faktisk.no/artikler/jy9mm/sa-mye-har-mdg-politikeren-floyet-pa-to-ar ), we also have added a separate change/correction logg, which can be followed both on our statistics-section or by RSS-feed: https://www.faktisk.no/endringer 

All corrections and changes are dealt with this way, and minor disputes mostly solved without further issue.

However, as stated above, The Norwegian Association's Code of Ethics, which also applies to us, gives the public right to complain to the Norwegian Press Complaints Commission. There has been two such complaints against us since our last assessment: 

Case 1: https://presse.no/pfu-sak/259-20/ 

Case 2: https://presse.no/pfu-sak/029-21/

The Commission acquitted us on all counts in both cases. The process shows that we follow the policy accordingly.

Most cases for the Press Complaints Commission are publicly streamed for transparency - and generates media attention.

This is an article (and the stream) about the first case: https://journalisten.no/corax-film-faktisk-faktiskno/pfu-reagerte-pa-faktiskno-tittel/459157

This is the stream from the second case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzOioqMAsgA

This is an article about the second case: https://m24.no/faktiskno-hrs-pfu/faktiskno-gikk-fri-i-pfu-etter-hrs-klage--en-blank-frifinnelse/360378 

We have, as far as we know, not received any complaints through IFCN. 


Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

It appears as if the correction policy is in use and that the applicant follows the IFCN criteria.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Our correction policy is thoroughly described in our methodology-section "How we work", also with the link to IFCNs complaints policy: https://www.faktisk.no/slik-jobber-vi.

This is also directly announced on our front page and on the footer of every page generated on Faktisk.no. 

The Footer also link to our ethical guidelines and a translated version of the IFCN Code of Principles: https://www.faktisk.no/vedtekter-etikkregler-og-faktasjekkplakaten                            

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Yes, there are sufficient information provided on how to file a complaint.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.

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.

Faktisk.no
15-Dec-2021 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We are not.

Ester Appelgren Assessor
13-Jan-2022 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Not applicable.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Ester Appelgren.