Fatabyyano project

Organization: Fatabyyano project
Applicant: Moath Nabeel Althaher
Assessor: Sarphan Uzunoğlu

Background

Fatabyyano seems to be a successful actor against disinformation in the new media field within the conditions of the region where it operates. Although their employees don't fact-check claims regarding statements of politicians, Fatabyyano's current functioning is important against generic forms of false information spread on the Internet. In this respect, they are similar to fact-checking institutions of many countries in the world. 

They focus on the main categories such as science, health, daily news, international news. Regional stories often do not contain political content. This reduces the risk of legitimacy for their operations. 

We can say that Fatabyyano is an important IFCN signatory both due to the disinformation practices in the region where they work and the social benefits of their work.

Assessment Conclusion

It was a successful submission. Documents provided by the institution were satisfactory. I've checked all the documents about their legal status and they have a legitimate, legally regulated organizational structure. In terms of accountability and transparency of the organization, they provide a very good example.

Their web site was designed in a functional way. Both users and experts can easily find whatever they look for on the web site. Their search and claim modules work well. Their correction policy is attached to the claim submission page and it is good that users see it the first on mobile design as well. They also share public address and telephone numbers for people with questions which enable variety of users to share their claims and ask if they have any relevant questions. Their document sharing module for the claims work well too.

Their team page, which includes most relevant details about the employees, is transparent enough even if the geography they act in might need anonymity in some cases. However, their decision of not focusing on the political stories might have made it easier to stay transparent.

Financially and practically, their operation seems to be transparent enough. The way they operate encourages users to send their claims and it is easy to send claims for an average web user. Their use of social media is also satisfactory and enables people from different communities to understand their work.  

Of course, as a digital outlet covering the whole MENA region, they need to localize their content more for creating more social impact. However, their existing operation is in accordance with IFCN's standards for signatories.  

on 02-Aug-2020 (1 year ago)

Sarphan Uzunoğlu assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

كان تقديم ناجح. كانت الوثائق التي قدمتها المؤسسة مرضية. تم تصميم موقع الويب بطريقة وظيفية. يمكن لكل من المستخدمين والخبراء العثور بسهولة على ما يبحثون عنه على موقع الويب. مالياً وعملياً ، يبدو أن عملياتهم شفافة بما فيه الكفاية. تشجع الطريقة التي يعملون بها المستخدمين على إرسال مطالباتهم ومن السهل إرسال مطالبات لمستخدم الويب العادي. كما أن استخدامهم لوسائل التواصل الاجتماعي مُرضٍ ويتيح للأشخاص من مختلف المجتمعات فهم عملهم.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano is an Independent legally-registered institution set up for the purpose of fact-checking. registered in 22 / Feb / 2016.

As we declare in our Profile; Fatabyyano exclusively specialized for Fact-checking,

Resource: https://fatabyyano.net/fatabyyano-team/

Also according to the Transparency aspect in Wikipedia, Fatabyyano is defined as a Platform that exclusively specialized for Fact-checking and Debunking Fake-news, Rumors, and Pseudoscience.

Resource https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A7.

On 10 Feb 2020, and as a Part of Fatabyyano Expansion Plan we become a Limited Liability Company, Pursuant to the documents kept with the Companies Control Department at the Ministry of Industry & Trade at The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Fatabyyano Company is incorporated as a Limited Liability Company under N 56602 with Entity National Number 200176261, And Moath Nabeel Hashem Althaher shall be authorized to sign on behalf of the Company in All Financial, administrative, Judicial, Legal and in other matters

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Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano is a project dedicated to fact-checking exclusively and provided document confirms that they are a legally registered institution. They are very open about their expansion plan and its corporate details, which seems ethically acceptable from my point of view.

All given details about financial administration of the organization and legal liabilities reflect the reality and are in accordance with IFCN Code of Principles.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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?

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

1. Fatabyyano had Launched on 22 June 2014 as a Facebook page debunk Fake news that spread on Social Media in the Arabic Content, then step by step, Fatabyyano becomes very popular in the Middle East & North Africa. become legally regretted on 22 Feb 2016. Then on 20 June 2019 Become the First signatory certified by the IFCN the publishes in Arabic, And on 19 March 2020 Become a third Party Fact-checking Partner with Facebook in the Middle East & North Africa,

Why Fact-checking? as Fake News issue become a big problem in the Middle East, Fatabyyano aim to provide the Arabic internet users with Trustful information supported by the evidence. And year by year The Communities became aware of the danger of Fake News. So Fatabyyano Actually is a Solution for a problem that affects everyone one of us.

2.  In the last update on 1 June 2020, Fatabyyano Team members include 8 Workers in addition to 4 Trainees.

In this link, we shared the biographies of those who play a significant part in Fatabyyano

https://fatabyyano.net/fatabyyano-team/

3.  Fact-checking information by multiple forms ( as review articles, infographics, videos, photos). we choose the most suitable forms for every claim ( sometimes we respond to the same claim in more than one form )

We ensure that at least for every claim we fact-check, there is an Explanorty article that contains the response according to our Methodology.
We publish the Explanorty articles on our Website: https://fatabyyano.net/

We publish the other forms mainly on our different social media pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fatabyyano/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fatabyyano/

telegram: https://t.me/Fatabyyano_project

twitter: https://twitter.com/Fatabyyano_com

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPGtauqRE9H528ZXCHrAUDg

we also give Workshop and Training Session, in Fact-checking and we offer consultation in Fact-checking information and media information literacy. For example, we work before with DW Academy & UNESCO 

Our Fact-checking Articles had been quoted by other IFCN Certified fact-checkers signatories; for example:

https://maldita.es/malditobulo/2020/05/22/resultado-positivo-covid-19-donald-trump/

https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/4-muslim-men-burnt-alive-for-cow-slaughter-fake-news-fact-check

-  https://teyit.org/fotograflarin-cemal-kasikcinin-bedenini-parcalanirken-gosterdigi-iddiasi/

-  https://factuel.afp.com/ar/muazzin%20Qordoba%2010-19

https://www.liputan6.com/cek-fakta/read/4247759/cek-fakta-hoaks-video-makhluk-misterius-muncul-di-atas-langit-arab-saudi

As well as by Poynter 

https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2020/president-trump-is-the-most-popular-politician-in-the-coronavirusfacts-database/

https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2020/an-element-of-truth-keeps-a-myth-alive/

As well as by https://ec.europa.eu/

https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/science-update/covid-19-media-surveillance-28-may-2020
https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/science-update/covid-19-media-surveillance-25-may-2020
https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/science-update/covid-19-media-surveillance-13-may-2020
https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/science-update/covid-19-media-surveillance-4-may-2020
https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/science-update/covid-19-media-surveillance-28-april-2020


4.
- To continue fact-checking Partnership with Facebook as a third party Fact-checker in the Middle East & North Africa

- To continue giving workshops, training sessions, and consultation in the field of fact-checking & Media Information Literacy 

- launch a show that teaches children from age 8 to 16 the importance of fact-checking and the dangers of Fake-News and Misinformation in a cartoonish Show under the name of Fatabyyano TOON.

- Launch the First Arabian Timeline FakeNews Tracker; Now we are in the stage of building the Data, and our goal to establish it on 1 August 2020.

- Launch F-19 Vs. COVID – 19; This project aims to fight misinformation in 19 Arab countries by delivering 19 packages composed of animated videos, fact-checked articles, and infographics. The team will use sign language in its visual production to reach a wider audience. it's had Announced by IFCN & Facebook as a part of CoronaVirus Fact-checking Grants. 




Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

1. First answer is satisfying. Looking at the archive.org, I've been able to verify all those steps of their development.

2. Second answer is satisfying and explanatory. URL provided gives away relevant details about the organization and its employees. As requested, they are transparent about their employees.

3. Their activities are well explained with hyperlinks and them being recognized by internationally well-known outlets is a very good sign. There are articles, infographics, videos and photos as they submşitted on their web site. Their existing partners on the ground are very impressive. They've been able to establish partnerships with very interesting organizations with high reputation such as DW. Their work is recognized by EC as well.

4. Like many other IFCN partners, they are keen on keeping on collaborating with Facebook as a 3rd party fact-checker. Their objectives regarding some traditional activities such as workshops, training sessions and consultation are also acceptable. While the project of First Arabian Timeline FakeNews Tracker seems impressive, it seems to be a way to comprehensive project considering the scale of Arabian new media sphere. In addition, the show for children from 8-16 is a great project. So, all these missions seem relevant and applicable.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In the spreadsheet attached, we document the 241 claims we made in the period from March 2020 to 5 June 2020. We identified 146 of the claims as public interest claims.

We did classify our claims in the spreadsheet to show whether each claim is related to the COVID19 pandemic or not and did make a sub-category to show a classification of COVID19 claims.

Fatabyyano is part of the IFCN CoronaVirusFacts Alliance where we uploaded most of our COVID19 claims since April 2020

Fatabyyano made an infodemic report similar to the spreadsheet for February-March-April where we reviewed our efforts in light of COVID19 pandemic. and we publish it online on our website. 

you can check the claims we uploaded to the IFCN coronavirus database from here:

https://www.poynter.org/ifcn-covid-19-misinformation/?covid_countries=0&covid_rating=0&covid_fact_checkers=49450

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Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

I've checked last twelve months of their publishing activities and found out that they are publishing frequently enough for IFCN's standards. Their rate of production increases regularly by the time.

Especially due to COVID-19 crisis, they have created more stories than they used to in the past.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

I went over their fact-checking activities in the previous three months. In terms of regularity of content, understandability, openness and accessibility, they reach all the requirements in terms of fact-checking content quality. 

Hyperlink references are used in the convenient way and the narration is well established.

It is clear whether the story is misleading, misinformative or not. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano is not controlled by any political parties either in Jordan or Outside Jordan. as well as Fatabyyano have no commercial, financial or institutional relationship to any politicians or Political Actors or Political parties either inside Jordan or outside Jordan.

Fatabyyano is totally independent company owned completely (100%) by Fatabyyano CEO & founder; Moath Nabeel Hashem Althaher.

The details of funding are explained on our website https://fatabyyano.net/funding-transparency/

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Well explained, detailed figures provided transparently on their web page. No details to raise questions about their legitimacy as an IFCN member.

I've checked their members and affiliations through open data search (checked their web page and profiles of relevant employees). I've found no visible relation of the organization or employee with any governmental or political actor.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano is not controlled by any political parties either in Jordan or Outside Jordan. And our Fact-checking and editing Process is totally independent.

The details of funding are explained on our website https://fatabyyano.net/funding-transparency/

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Link is provided. Page includes relevant details. None of them sounds problematic.

Their funding sources are openly stated with the relevant documents on their web site. The page is accessible for regular users as well, which is a good sign of transparency and openness to questions by the public.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We follow our methodology when fact-checking any new claim which we explained here on our website: https://fatabyyano.net/our-methodology/

We have multiple reviewing steps before publishing our review article to ensure that every review article uses our high standards of evidence for equivalent claims. 

follow the same essential process explained in our methodology; Fatabyyano Depend mainly on Double Fact-checking and it's considered a key point in our Work, We had Never depended on one Fact-checker to Fact-check a Claim, even if the Claim looks easy or simple. any Explanoty Article should be reviewed by 2 Fact-checkers at least, We called the 2nd Fact-checking review: Mistakes Hunting Process.  We ensure by our reviewing system conducted by separate independent reviewers that the evidence is what dictates our conclusions.

And here you can found our Transparency Policy Criteria

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%af%d9%84%d9%8a%d9%84-%d9%81%d8%aa%d8%a8%d9%8a%d9%86%d9%88%d8%a7/

Fatabyyano depends on 2 main criteria when deciding if the claim is worth fact-checking and to select our Claims priorities

1. the claim has a dangerously negative impact on society if the claim spreads like causing violence, spread hate speech, or affect individuals negatively on their Health for example.

2. How much the claim is spread ( Number of Likes, Shares, Retweets ) in the current time which decides how urgently the claim needs verification.

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you can check the claims we uploaded to the IFCN coronavirus database from here and we follow the same essential process for every fact check.

https://www.poynter.org/ifcn-covid-19-misinformation/?covid_countries=0&covid_rating=0&covid_fact_checkers=49450


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10 Claims: 

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%b3%d9%8a%d9%85%d8%a8%d8%b3%d9%88%d9%86_%d8%aa%d9%86%d8%a8%d8%a3_%d8%ac%d9%88%d8%b1%d8%ac_%d9%81%d9%84%d9%88%d9%8a%d8%af_%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%8a%d9%82/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%88%d8%b2%d9%8a%d8%b1-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b5%d8%ad%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a3%d8%b1%d8%af%d9%86%d9%8a-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b4%d8%ac%d8%a7%d8%b9-%d9%8a%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1-%d9%85%d9%81%d8%a7%d8%ac%d8%a3%d8%a9/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%85%d9%8a%d9%83%d9%88%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%aa%d8%b4-%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b3-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7-%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%af%d8%b1%d9%87-%d8%b5%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%b9%d9%8a-%d8%b2%d8%a7%d8%a6/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%87%d9%84-%d9%81%d8%b6%d8%ad-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b1%d8%a6%d9%8a%d8%b3-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%aa%d9%86%d8%b2%d8%a7%d9%86%d9%8a-%d9%81%d8%ad%d8%b5-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%b7%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%86_%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7_%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%83%d8%a8%d8%af_%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b5%d9%8a%d9%86_%d8%aa%d8%ba%d9%8a%d8%b1_%d9%84%d9%88%d9%86_%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a8/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b3%d8%a7%d8%b1%d8%b3_%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7_%d8%a3%d9%85%d8%b1%d9%8a%d9%83%d8%a7/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a7%d8%a8%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%87%d9%8a%d9%85_%d8%b3%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%88%d9%82%d9%8a%d9%87_%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7_%d8%a7%d8%ae%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%b1_%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b2%d9%85%d8%a7%d9%86/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a3%d9%84%d8%b9%d8%a7%d8%a8_%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%af%d9%8a%d9%88_pubg_%d8%ae%d9%84%d9%84_%d8%b9%d9%82%d9%84%d9%8a/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%81%d8%aa%d8%a7%d8%a9-%d8%af%d9%81%d9%86%d8%aa-%d9%85%d9%86%d8%b0-%d8%b9%d8%a7%d9%85%d9%8a%d9%86-%d9%88%d9%84%d9%85-%d8%aa%d8%aa%d8%ad%d9%84%d9%84-%d8%ac%d8%ab%d8%aa%d9%87%d8%a7-%d8%a5%d9%84%d9%89/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%b9%d9%84%d9%85%d8%a7%d8%a1-%d9%8a%d8%ad%d8%b0%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86-%d9%85%d9%86-%d8%b3%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%aa-%d9%83%d8%a7%d8%b1%d8%ab%d9%8a-%d9%84%d9%84%d8%b4%d9%85%d8%b3-%d9%82%d8%af-%d9%8a%d9%87%d8%af/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%85%d9%82%d8%b7%d8%b9-%d9%8a%d8%b8%d9%87%d8%b1-%d8%a8%d8%a3%d9%86-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%88%d8%b6%d8%b9-%d9%81%d9%8a-%d8%a3%d9%85%d8%b1%d9%8a%d9%83%d8%a7-%d9%8a%d8%ae%d8%b1%d8%ac-%d8%b9%d9%86-%d8%a7%d9%84/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%af%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%af-%d8%aa%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%85%d8%a8-%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%a7%d8%a8-%d8%a8%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b3-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%ad%d8%b3%d8%a8-%d9%82%d9%86/


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Reading 10 stories they have provided, technically:

Their methodology is applied in the issues they covered.

Their method of "double fact-checking" seems to be realistic.

2 main criteria they are loyal to (negative impact on society and spreadability) seem to fit with criteria types provided by other IFCN members and fact-checking scholars, experts.

Each of their stories include the hyperlinked reference to story they cover (multimedia or text), the way they worked on the story, story that reflects the truthful version of the story, screenshots and texts that they use to verify their work on the claim.

In terms of non-partisanship, it is visible that they mostly cover international stories rather than national stories. Stories on science and nature are also frequently covered by them. It is an advantage in today's "highly polarized" media and politics environment. Especially, Covid-19 crisis have had a great impact on their organizational focus and they don't seem to have had a certain politically motivated approach other than social responsibility and their responsibility as a fact-checking organization.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano depends on 2 main criteria when deciding if the claim is worth fact-checking:

1. the claim has a dangerously negative impact on society if the claim spreads like causing violence, spread hates speech, or affect individuals negatively on their health for example.

2. How much the claim is spread ( Number of Likes, Shares, Retweets ) in the current time which decides how urgently the claim needs verification. 

*And here you can found more details about our Fact-checking Methodology & Transparency

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%af%d9%84%d9%8a%d9%84-%d9%81%d8%aa%d8%a8%d9%8a%d9%86%d9%88%d8%a7/

https://fatabyyano.net/our-methodology/



Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Their methodology section is in their sub-menu. I think it can be made more visible to users rather than putting it under the menu item named "who we are". Accessibility of that section is very important for people to see how claims are selected etc. 

2 main criterias they provide seem to be in accordance with many other actors. Negative impact on society that can trigger violence, hate speech and health related risks is an understandable and globally relevent criteria. Shareability and virality, in addition, is a valid criteria used by many other IFCN members as well.

Especially, their transparency page where they disclose their policy regarding how they choose stories, how they categorize, edit, proofread and verify the content is well visible and transmitted in an understandable way for people from different educational and class backgrounds.



done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Here you can found Fatabyyano.net archive: https://fatabyyano.net/fake_news, we had published around 470 Explanatory Articles in the period between 1 June 2019 & 1 June 2020. And There were no examples of any conflict of interest in our Explanatory Articles. As our Fact-checking and editing Process is totally independent


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Most of their stories are not politics oriented. Hard news stories, science stories, nature stories, and foreign politics related stories that have been manipulated by regional actors seem to have been their main focus as I stated before.

Death of a celebrity or a public figure, news on technological developments etc. are their main focuses.

Having observed various articles by Fatabyyano, I find their content in accordance with principles of IFCN and there is no conflict of interest.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano is not controlled by any political parties either in Jordan or Outside Jordan. And our Fact-checking and editing Process is totally independent.


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

No proof of such a connection. I've checked through open sources and my sources in Jordan and found no visible connection or serious claim regarding Fatabyyano's relation to political actors in or outside Jordan. They have a certain statement regarding this political independency on their web site as well.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

To maintain a high level of clarity and objectivity for Fatabayyano, Members of our editorial staff are not allowed to donate to political campaigns or participate in political activities of any party

Team members can participate occasionally in media but they are requested to avoid taking sides or biasing towards or against any side in conversations

Fatabayyano has a clear code for transparency that is agreed upon by all members that they have to declare their political connections, if exist, and refrain from using the Fatabayyano platform to advocate or promote for individual politicians or political parties.

We make this Clear in the About us page: https://fatabyyano.net/fatabyyano-team/


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

While members of our editorial staff are not allowed to donate to political campaigns or participate in political activities of any party; it is also visible that they have no direct connection to any campaign or a party. The names listed on their team page seem to have no direct connection with political parties. 

Even their occasional media presences are regulated by their policies.

Of course, this needs closer attention; however, sources from the country also verify Fatabyyano's statement on non-partisanship.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We follow our methodology and Fact-checking transparency policy in responding to every claim:

We divide the Fact-checking Explanatory Article into 2 main parts

The FIRST is the claim part which contains the exact claim transcript without our editing (Most of the Claims) or a summary of the claims if the claim investigated is a long video:

Example of summary: https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%88%d8%b2%d9%8a%d8%b1-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b5%d8%ad%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a3%d8%b1%d8%af%d9%86%d9%8a-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b4%d8%ac%d8%a7%d8%b9-%d9%8a%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1-%d9%85%d9%81%d8%a7%d8%ac%d8%a3%d8%a9/

- Then take a screenshot of the claim from the most popular or the most engaging post that shared the claim, then we cite this page name and description when the claim was published and How much engagement it got until the moment of writing the claim and we write this date. ThenWe describe the engagement or how much spread mainly by saying how many shares it got and how many views if it was a video this single claim post got.

We then search social media platforms for similar claim posts or by using tools like CrowdTangle and cite those in our review article to better clarify how widely spread this claim and also it helps in rating the claims for Facebook recently

example showing this:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a3%d8%b7%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%a1-%d8%a5%d9%8a%d8%b7%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%8a%d8%a7-%d9%8a%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%85%d9%81%d8%a7%d8%ac%d8%a3%d8%a9-%d9%88%d9%8a%d8%aa%d9%87%d9%85/

If we suspect that the claim publisher will remove the video we keep a copy of it using different websites like Perma.cc to keep a copy of the video or the post to ensure that anyone read our review article can verify the content of the claim and contrast it with our response

example showing this here:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%88%d8%b2%d9%8a%d8%b1-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%aa%d8%b1%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%81%d8%b1%d9%86%d8%b3%d9%8a-%d9%85%d9%82%d8%a7%d8%a8%d9%84%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%85%d8%b1%d8%ad%d8%a7%d8%b6/

the Second part is the rating part where we describe the evidence we found and how we reached the rating of this claim

we follow our methodology and transparency policy to ensure that anyone can find the sources we used and repeat our process to ensure its validity

we use Google search tools as our main tool for fact-checking. we use google reverse image search to find the source of images mainly as well as videos we might encounter

example:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a3%d9%85%d8%b1%d9%8a%d9%83%d8%a7-%d8%a3%d9%88%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%85%d8%a7-%d9%8a%d8%aa%d9%82%d8%af%d9%85-%d9%85%d8%b8%d8%a7%d9%87%d8%b1%d8%a7%d8%aa-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a3%d9%85%d8%b1%d9%8a%d9%83%d9%8a/

we use Google search to find sources related to the post we are investigating by trying different keywords that we think will lead us to more information about the post we investigate. we tend to use every possible clue in the post we investigate and use it in our search to make sure we reach the sources that are related to the post. we also use what we find from our search to further improve the keywords when looking for more sources and information.

example:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a3%d8%b3%d8%b1%d8%a9-%d9%8a%d8%a7%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%86%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d8%b4%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%aa-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%a3%d8%b3%d9%84%d9%85%d8%aa/

if the post is attributed to a person or institute, we make sure to try and contact the person or the institute to fact check they say that or not and whether they have any comment about the post we investigate and make sure to publish what they say in our post and on our website article about the post

example:

Fatabyyano contacted Egypt MOH for a claim verification:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%b1-%d8%aa%d8%ae%d8%aa%d8%b1%d8%b9-%d8%b9%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%ac-%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b3-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%ae%d8%a8%d8%b1-%d8%b2%d8%a7%d8%a6%d9%81/

Fatabyyano contacted the son of the famous doctor the claim said he is dead:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%88%d9%81%d8%a7%d8%a9-%d8%b7%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a8-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ba%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%a8%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%b1%d9%8a-%d9%85%d8%ad%d9%85%d8%af-%d9%85%d8%b4%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%8a-%d8%a5%d8%b4/

In related to videos, we always make sure to find the original video (using InVid, FramebyFrame then cut the video into Frames then using them to do a reverse search or by detecting any key word in the video which could help ) from which the clip was taken, we also check if the original video conveys the same message of the clip or not. we try also to contact the person in the clip if possible to get their comment about the clip under investigation.

example:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%82%d8%a8%d8%b6-%d8%b9%d9%84%d9%89-%d9%85%d9%86-%d8%aa%d8%ac%d8%a7%d9%88%d8%b2%d8%aa-%d8%a3%d8%b9%d9%85%d8%a7%d8%b1%d9%87%d9%85-%d8%a7%d9%8450-%d8%b9%d8%a7%d9%85%d9%8b%d8%a7-%d8%a8/

we make sure to consult an expert in the topics we face especially the posts that fall under scientific and religious category those categories are very sensitive and to make sure that our response is accurate and deliver the right message to the public

example:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a3%d8%b7%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%a1-%d8%a5%d9%8a%d8%b7%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%8a%d8%a7-%d9%8a%d9%81%d8%ac%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%85%d9%81%d8%a7%d8%ac%d8%a3%d8%a9-%d9%88%d9%8a%d8%aa%d9%87%d9%85/

We try to always to depend on the primary sources and official data for any post we fact check, we also don’t hesitate to speak with authority and ask for verification if that is what is required to fact check the post

example:

Fatabyyano contacted Egypt MOH for a claim verification:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%b1-%d8%aa%d8%ae%d8%aa%d8%b1%d8%b9-%d8%b9%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%ac-%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b3-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%ae%d8%a8%d8%b1-%d8%b2%d8%a7%d8%a6%d9%81/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%aa%d8%a7%d8%b3%d9%88%d9%83%d9%88_%d9%87%d9%88%d9%86%d8%ac%d9%88_%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7_%d9%85%d8%b5%d9%86%d8%b9/

we build our response upon multiple sources to ensure the credibility and the accuracy of our response and we rarely respond to a post with only one source

This is clear in the posts mentioned above and most of our Articles on our website

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Structure of the article, methodology and transparency are all well visible in articles they have published. Also, the sample is functional and randomised.

The structure they claim to be loyal to in the submission, is well followed not only on the articles they provided the links of but also random articles that I've assessed so far. 

Their summaries include relevant text or multimedia that have the abstract characteristic needed.

Their use of Perma.cc is a good example of the methodological approach of the organization. In order to avoid the source of the claim to become inaccessible, this is an understandable method to adopt. Of course citation of page name and description, as a part of the process, is vital.

Measuring shareability of an item via Crowdtangle, also, a good sign of their loyalty to criteria.

Use of open data via tools such as Google is also a sign of randomization via automatization.

Their policy regarding getting in touch with institutions seem to be convincing, objective and in accordance with IFCN standards.

Content analysis that covers whole material is also a good way of fighting against information that is detached from its context.

Use of primary sources and official data (when reliable) is also understandable. However, considering the geography the fact-checkers work at, they need to be a little bit more cautious about official statements. This is where multiple sources get more important.

In summary, their way of working is randomized and they use a variety of methods and sources in the process of the research.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As we mention in the previous Article Fatabyyano focusing on reach the original Text, Picture, Video. As well as, we always depend on the primary sources and official data for any post we fact check, we also don’t hesitate to speak with authority and ask for verification if that is what is required to fact check the Claim. 

If the post is attributed to a person or institute, we make sure to try and contact the person or the institute to fact check they say that or not and whether they have any comment about the post we investigate and make sure to publish what they say in our post and on our website article about the post

In regarding to reach the best result we don't hesitate to contact with other IFCN Fact-checking signatories, for example here we had a collaboration with the Quint; Indian Fact-checking signatory  to Fact-check this Claim 
https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%ad%d9%83%d9%85-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a5%d8%b9%d8%af%d8%a7%d9%85-%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%82-%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%b1-%d8%a8%d8%b3%d8%a8%d8%a8-%d9%82%d8%aa%d9%84-%d8%a8%d9%82%d8%b1/



Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Source selection and openness to a variety of trustable authorities policies are visible and well applied.

They don't hesitate to get in touch with relevant fact-checking or journalism organizations when needed. The case study they provided about their collaboration with Quint is a good sign of it and I think that serves well to the objectives of IFCN in global sense.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As we mention in 3.1 and 3.2, In Fatabyyano we use authentic & official sources. in our goal match code of principles Criteria.  

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Their stories are not focused on highly polarized issues. Taking advantage of that, it is far easier for them to apply their methodology and randomize their samples. Especially, since they focus more on foreign news, since news and global issues, randomisation is not a difficult issue to deal with for them.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As we mention in 3.1 and 3.2, In Fatabyyano we use authentic & official sources. in our goal match code of principles Criteria.

Here are Fatabyyano.net archive: https://fatabyyano.net/fake_news

  

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They use authentic & official sources when needed.  In many of their stories they have got in touch with corporate, governmental and non-governmental institutions when needed.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

- Fatabyyano is an Independent legally-registered institution set up for the purpose of fact-checking. registered in 22 / Feb / 2016.

As we declare in our Profile; Fatabyyano exclusively specialized for Fact-checking,

Resource: https://fatabyyano.net/fatabyyano-team/

Also according to the Transparency aspect in Wikipedia, Fatabyyano is defined as an Independent Platform that exclusively specialized for Fact-checking and Debunking Fake-news, Rumors, and Pseudoscience.

Resource https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A7.

On 10 Feb 2020, and as a Part of Fatabyyano Expansion Plan, we become a Limited Liability Company, Pursuant to the documents kept with the Companies Control Department at the Ministry of Industry & Trade at The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Fatabyyano Company is incorporated as a Limited Liability Company under N 56602 with Entity National Number 200176261, And Moath Nabeel Hashem Althaher shall be authorized to sign on behalf of the Company in All Financial, administrative, Judicial, Legal and in other matters

- Also, We had confirmed our independency here;  https://fatabyyano.net/transparency_policy

- In regard to Funding Transparency: We had detailed it here on our website for 2018/2019 and for 2019/2020; Until 1 May 2020. 

 https://fatabyyano.net/funding-transparency/

Fatabyyano are not controlled by any political parties either in Jordan or Outside Jordan. as well as Fatabyyano have no commercial, financial or institutional relationship to any politicians 
or Politica Actors or Political parties either inside Jordan or outside Jordan. 

Fatabyyano is totally independent company owned completely (100%) by Fatabyyano CEO & founder; Moath Nabeel Hashem Althaher. 




Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

It is a  legally-registered institution. Not a sub-unit of any other organization. The legal documents provided by them before also prove this point about their nature as an organization. 


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As we mentioned previously Fatabyyano is an Independent legally-registered institution set up for the purpose of fact-checking. registered in 22 / Feb / 2016. and it's not a section ora unit of parent Organization. 

The details of funding are explained on our website https://fatabyyano.net/funding-transparency/


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano is an Independent legally-registered institution. Their establishment is registered for a fact-checking organization since 2016. 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

- In the last update on 1 June 2020, Fatabyyano Team members include 8 Workers in addition to 4 Trainees.

https://fatabyyano.net/fatabyyano-team/

- As we explained in our methodology; Fatabyyano Depend mainly on Double Fact-checking and it's consider a key point in our Work, We had Never depended on one Fact-checker to Fact-check a Claim, even if the Claim looks easy or simple. any Explanoty Article should be reviewed by 2 Fact-checkers at least, We called the 2nd Fact-checking review: Mistakes Hunting Process. 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Their team's page has all the relevant details. Detail about their roles within the organization and their bios are provided on the web page. It is good for readers to understand organizational scheme, how the process works and track activities of fact-checkers that might be problematic. So, it is possible to say that the details included on the page is satisfactory and accessible.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

- In the last update on 1 June 2020, Fatabyyano Team members include 8 Workers in addition to 4 Trainees.

In this link, we shared the biographies of those who play a significant part in Fatabyyano

https://fatabyyano.net/fatabyyano-team/


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Relevant details are shared on https://fatabyyano.net/fatabyyano-team/. Bios, are publicly accessible.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

our Audience can contact us easily via this link 

https://fatabyyano.net/send-rumor/

In addition to that we receive "Direct messages" From our Audience on Social Media; Mainly on our Facebook page & Instagram account. we are highly responsive on Social Media too, as people prefer using Socla media to send claims. we receive around 100 messages daily and we replay them personally, usually within the first 24 hours.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Their claim submission section is openly accessible and direct messages are also open. Their personal response within first 24 hours policy is also functional.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Our Fact-checking Methodology is detailed here https://fatabyyano.net/our-methodology/


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Accessible public methodology.

Their selection of claims is based primarily on the reach of the claims, and where possible explains the reason for choosing the claim to check. Of course, there might be some more relevant cases and stories to cover.  However, it is out of context.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

we mention this in details  in our Methodology and our Fact-checking Guidelines.

But in briefly Fatabyyano depends on 2 main criteria when deciding if the claim is worth fact-checking and to select our Claims priorities

1. the claim has a dangerously negative impact on society if the claim spreads like causing violence, spread hates speech, or affect individuals negatively on their health for example.

2. How much the claim is spread ( Number of Likes, Shares, Retweets ) in the current time which decides how urgently the claim needs verification.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Both categories of criteria are legitimate and appliable as seen in the methodology and practice.

Both criteria are well explained and applied equally. Stories that might have negative public consequences and false information with high-spreadability seem to be their priorities. Stories they cover have this characteristic in common: Frequently shared, accessed and publicly recognized.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

we mention this in detail in our Methodology and our Fact-checking Guidelines.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

All the details included show loyalty to IFCN principles in terms of methodology and sampling.

I've checked random articles and what I've seen so far is:

They have consistency in terms of applying the methodology in the articles.

There are no visible mistakes or weaknesses that might cause misunderstanding in their articles.

Their contents are in accordance with the guidelines and methodology they shared on the web site.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In Fatabyyano we use high standards to match IFCN code of Principles, 

Here you can check the claims we uploaded to the IFCN coronavirus database and we follow the same essential process for every fact check.

https://www.poynter.org/ifcn-covid-19-misinformation/?covid_countries=0&covid_rating=0&covid_fact_checkers=49450

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Both on their website and IFCN coronavirus database; standarts set by  IFCN code of Principles seem to have been met. Especially, their Covid-19 related stories are much well written and have met standards of IFCN much better.

They also seem to resemble the structure, methodology, and content of all other IFCN members I've assessed so far. 

The way they label a story as truthful or misleading is also used by many other IFCN members and it is totally functional/understandable for their target audience (inc. color codes). 


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We try to always to depend on the primary sources and official data for any post we fact check, we also don’t hesitate to speak with authority and ask for verification if that is what is required to fact check the post

example:

Fatabyyano contacted Egypt MOH for a claim verification:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%b1-%d8%aa%d8%ae%d8%aa%d8%b1%d8%b9-%d8%b9%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%ac-%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b3-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%ae%d8%a8%d8%b1-%d8%b2%d8%a7%d8%a6%d9%81/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%b1%d9%8a%d9%85%d8%af%d8%b3%d9%8a%d9%81%d8%b1_%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%b1_%d8%b9%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%ac_%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7/


We use Google search to find sources related to the post we are investigating by trying different keywords that we think will lead us to more information about the post we investigate. we tend to use every possible clue in the post we investigate and use it in our search to make sure we reach the sources that are related to the post. we also use what we find from our search to further improve the keywords when looking for more sources and information.

example:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%a3%d8%b3%d8%b1%d8%a9-%d9%8a%d8%a7%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%86%d9%8a%d8%a9-%d8%b4%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%aa-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7-%d8%a3%d8%b3%d9%84%d9%85%d8%aa/

if the post is attributed to a person or institute, we make sure to try and contact the person or the institute to fact check they say that or not and whether they have any comment about the post we investigate and make sure to publish what they say in our post and on our website article about the post

example:

Fatabyyano contacted the son of the famous doctor the claim said he is dead:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%88%d9%81%d8%a7%d8%a9-%d8%b7%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%a8-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ba%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%a8%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%85%d8%b5%d8%b1%d9%8a-%d9%85%d8%ad%d9%85%d8%af-%d9%85%d8%b4%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%8a-%d8%a5%d8%b4/

In regarding reach the best result we don't hesitate to contact with other IFCN Fact-checking signatories, for example here we had a collaboration with the Quint; Indian Fact-checking signatory to Fact-check this Claim

https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%ad%d9%83%d9%85-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a5%d8%b9%d8%af%d8%a7%d9%85-%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%82-%d8%a8%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%b1-%d8%a8%d8%b3%d8%a8%d8%a8-%d9%82%d8%aa%d9%84-%d8%a8%d9%82%d8%b1/

we build our response upon multiple sources to ensure the credibility and the accuracy of our response and we rarely respond to a post with only one source

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In the sample they provided, they found the most convenient authority that they can reach. They also reached out to individuals involved in the story.

Reaching out to Egypt MOH, the son of the doctor who was claimed to be dead,or reaching out to Quint in India related issue seem to be responsible decisions.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

This had been explained in our Fact-checking Guidelines 

What is not fact-checkable by Fatabyyano:

1. Fatabyyano doesn't fact-check claims that are considered a politician's opinion

2. Fatabyyano doesn't fact-check posts that are private or limited to friends as these posts by their nature can't spread on a large scale.

3. Fatabyyano prioritizes the claims that are widely spread at the moment and we postpone claims with a low spread in our list of fact-checking.

notice: In Some Cases, Fatabyyano team can Fact-check claims with low spread currently if the team saw it will become viral soon.

4. Fatabyyano constricts its Fact-checking to claims spread in the MENA region in Arabic.

notice: Fatabyyano team can Internally fact-check a claim not spreading currently in the MENA region if they saw that it will come to the MENA region soon enough & publish it in the right time. as a way to be ready when the Fake Claim start to spread in the MENA region 

If you are in doubt if these rules apply to the claim you want to send or not, don't hesitate to send it and we will inform you about the status of the claim after reviewing it.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They openly created a framework for claims that would be sent to them. They clearly stated what they don't fact-check. Like they claimed, they haven't fact-checked politicians' opinions, posts that are private, and posts that are not popular/viral.

Of course, it is debatable if politicians' claims should be part of their fact-checking activities or not and I think it triggers too many questions for the society since politicians are one of the most prominent actors of post-truth media environment.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Url provided is accessible via home page and search. Their structure is openly stated.

The menu item for the correction policy is hidden under who we are menu.

It is also accessible via search function of the web site.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Their correction policy meets IFCN's standards and shows quality comparable to all other IFCN signatories.

They are keen to review the messages they receive and comments on the publications.

They put a note of the changes that are made to the articles.



done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As pointed in our methodology, we have a rigorous reviewing system as we review the response more than once to ensure our response is correct, sufficient and doesn't presume conclusion far from what sources make possible.

we admit the limitation if it exists in finding evidence to rate the claim and we have a category called not rated which we used more than once.

we explain why we didn't rate this claim at the end of our review article

examples:

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%86%d9%8a%d8%ac%d9%8a%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%a7_%d8%a8%d9%8a%d9%84_%d8%ac%d9%8a%d8%aa%d8%b3_%d9%84%d9%82%d8%a7%d8%ad_%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%87%d9%84-%d9%81%d8%b6%d8%ad-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b1%d8%a6%d9%8a%d8%b3-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%aa%d9%86%d8%b2%d8%a7%d9%86%d9%8a-%d9%81%d8%ad%d8%b5-%d9%83%d9%88%d8%b1%d9%88%d9%86%d8%a7/

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%81%d9%8a%d8%af%d9%8a%d9%88-%d9%8a%d9%88%d8%ab%d9%82-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%83%d8%a8%d9%8a%d8%b1-%d9%84%d9%84%d8%ac%d8%ab%d8%ab-%d9%81%d9%8a-%d8%a3%d8%ad%d8%af-%d9%85%d9%83/

examples of corrections: ( in Red Color )

Here in this post, we mistake the date saying the event was in 2012 instead of 2011 and you can review the update in the article.

We started this on our website: here; https://fatabyyano.net/wind-dubai/

Here We correct the Mosque Name: https://fatabyyano.net/%d8%b3%d9%85%d8%a7%d8%b9-%d8%b5%d9%88%d8%aa-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a3%d8%b0%d8%a7%d9%86-%d9%85%d9%86-%d9%85%d8%b3%d8%ac%d8%af-%d8%aa%d9%85-%d8%ba%d9%84%d9%82%d9%87-%d8%a8%d8%a8%d8%b1%d9%8a%d8%b7%d8%a7%d9%86/


examples of recent corrections: ( in Red Color )

https://fatabyyano.net/%d9%85%d8%aa%d8%b8%d8%a7%d9%87%d8%b1-%d9%8a%d8%b6%d8%b1%d9%85-%d8%a7%d9%84%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%b1-%d9%81%d9%8a-%d8%b4%d8%b1%d8%b7%d9%8a-%d8%a7%d8%af%d8%b9%d9%89-%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%b4%d8%b1%d9%88-%d8%a7%d9%84/

here we put a notice that the bullet was hit in his foot, not his chest after a follower sent a source from the family of the victim.


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Well explained. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago


We put it Clearly in our Correction Policy:  If you are not happy with our response, you can write to IFCN on this link https://ifcncodeofprinciples.poynter.org/complaints-policy


Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They have an open corrections/complaints policy and a hyperlink as requested for corrections. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Fatabyyano project
08-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fatabyyano is an Independent Fact-checking Signatory,  not part of any media company

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
15-Jun-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Verified by documents they provided in previous questions.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.