First Check

Organization: First Check
Applicant: Jisha Krishnan
Assessor: Kanchan Kaur

Background

The applicant is a team within a legally registered organization and focuses on debunking medical misinformation, while its parent organization runs fact-checking training programmes. The applicant has published an average of one fact check a week over the past year and most of these fact checks focus on claims related to misinformation around health and are in the public interest. The applicant is not influenced by the government, a political party or a politician and has made it clear that it does not receive funding from any political sources—local or foreign.

The applicant checks claims using the same standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim. It considers the reach and importance of the claims it selects to check, and does not concentrate on any one side. Sources are clearly indicated so that the reader knows the interests of the sources. The applicant is not affiliated to and does not show support for any political party or candidate and does not advocate for any policy positions. It has an explicit non-partisanship policy for its staff that makes it clear that they cannot bring in their biases to their work.

Most sources of evidence are identified by the applicant, with adequate links provided. Readers can replicate their work and see for themselves the process through which the applicant arrived at the outcome of the fact check. The applicant mainly uses primary sources of evidence, and most elements of claims are checked against more than one named source of evidence. Sources are clearly identified.

The applicant has listed out each source of funding that accounts for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. It is a fact-checking unit of a media house that works in the area of fact-checking training. The applicant’s website sets out its organizational structure and makes it apparent how and by whom editorial control is exercised. Professional biographies of all who play a significant role in its editorial output have been detailed on the website. A Contact Us page invites users to communicate with the team, as do social media handles.

The methodology it uses to select, research and publish fact checks is clearly mentioned on the applicant’s website. Nearly all claims chosen by the applicant are in the public interest. While checking claims the applicant sets out relevant evidence that appears to support the claim and evidence that appears to undermine it and uses same standards to evidence on equivalent claims, irrespective of who made the claim. Where possible, the applicant makes an effort to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence. It also encourages readers to send in claims to check.

The applicant’s correction policy, accessible on its website, clearly states what it covers, how major mistakes are handled. The applicant has said that it has had no occasion in the past year to make any corrections. An existing signatory of the IFCN Code of Principles, the applicant provides a link to the IFCN Complaints policy page so that users can inform the IFCN if they feel the applicant is violating the code. The applicant’s parent organization, too, has an open corrections policy. 

Assessment Conclusion

The application may be accepted.

on 07-Mar-2022 (5 months ago)

Kanchan Kaur assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

The main publishing language is English.

Section 1: Eligibility to be a signatory

To be eligible to be a signatory, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 1.1 The applicant is a legally registered organization, or a distinct team or unit within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website.
  • 1.2 The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.
  • 1.3 The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track. Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.
  • 1.4 On average, at least 75% of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that, in the view of the IFCN, relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.
  • 1.5 The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.
  • 1.6 If the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, it provides a statement on its site setting out to the satisfaction of the IFCN, how it ensures its funders do not influence the findings of its reports.

Criteria 1.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain where on your website you set out information about your organization’s legal status and how this complies with criteria. Attach a link to the relevant page of your website.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

First Check runs under the banner of Health Analytics Asia. It is owned and run by OW DataLeads, which is legally registered in New Delhi, India as a private limited (media) company. Our registration incorporation certificate number is U72900DL2018PTC334085. It is founded by Syed Nazakat, an award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur https://firstcheck.in/about-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant is a team within a legally registered organization and details of the parent organisation’s registration are easily available on its website. 


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 1.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please answer the following questions – (see notes in Guidelines for Application on how to answer)

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?
 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?
 3. What different activities does your organization carry out?
 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

1) We published our first 'fact-checked' story on July 26th, 2019 after we launched Health Analytics Asia on July 12th, 2019. The platform is dedicated to cover health-related subjects with focus on data and fact-checking. A unique aspect of our initiative is that we work and collaborate with healthcare experts in the process of story-telling. As a dedicated health fact-checking initiative, First Check is a unique, collaborative global project in terms of its format and approach. It brings together journalists, doctors and technologists to identify and combat medical misinformation, rumours and unscientific claims. From vaccines and infectious viruses to cancer drugs and lifestyle diseases, there are thousands of false health news stories, hoaxes and rumours flooding the internet - which pose serious threat to public health. 

At First Check, we debunk unscientific health claims. We investigate, research and verify dubious claims and fake information gaining momentum on social media and traditional media. We provide scientific health-related information on a wide range of public health issues.

2) The fact check team consists of 12 members. Besides our editorial team we have 49 volunteer fact-check members who are doctors, public health researchers and data scientists from 23 countries across the world. Details about our editorial team are here: https://firstcheck.in/about-us/ and details about our volunteer doctors and members can be found here: https://firstcheck.in/meet-our-fact-checkers/

3) First Check primarily focusses on fact-checking medical misinformation. DataLEADS, the parent company, runs India's largest fact-checking training network, which is funded and supported by Google News Initiative. The network has so far trained 21,000+ journalists, media educators, fact-checkers and journalism students in more than 10 languages across India, benefitting hundreds of newsrooms and universities. The network’s activities have also led to the launch of many key fact-checking initiatives, helped them become a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and have resulted in an exponential surge in the number of fact-checking stories across languages and platforms. DataLEADS also runs Health Analytics Asia, a multimedia platform committed to putting the spotlight on the latest in health across Asia.

4) Over the course of the coming year, our goal is to further strengthen our global network of journalists, fact-checkers, researchers and doctors to combat the growing challenge of health misinformation. Our endeavour is to make First Check a platform that amplifies scientific conversations and enables powerful collaborations in this evolving public health space. We hosted the third edition of our flagship Misinformation in Medicine Summit earlier this year. The virtual event brought together 230+ participants and delegates – policy makers, government officials, WHO team members, journalists, fact checkers and health professionals – from 45+ countries. We plan to make it bigger - in terms of numbers and impact - in the next edition. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The website focuses on debunking medical misinformation, while its parent organization runs fact-checking training programmes. It has been hosting Misinformation in Medicine meetings, which it plans to expand. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 1.3
Proof you meet criteria
- The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application.
- For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track.
- Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We have been publishing one or more fact-check stories a week since 2019, except during our annual year-end break. You may find all the details in the file attached.

Files Attached
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Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has published an average of one fact check a week over the past year. 


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 1.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous three months. No additional information required.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

All our fact-check stories can be found here: https://firstcheck.in/fact-checked/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Most of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to misinformation around health and are in the public interest. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 1.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship your organization has to the state, politicians or political parties in the country or countries you cover. Also explain funding or support received from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

NIL

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant is not influenced by the government, a political party or a politician.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 1.6
Proof you meet criteria
If you confirmed the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, provide a link to where on your website you set out how you ensure the editorial independence of your work.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Not Applicable. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

It has made it clear that it does not receive funding from any political sources—local or foreign. 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 2: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

To be compliant on nonpartisanship and fairness, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 2.1 The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.
  • 2.2 The applicant does not unduly concentrate its fact-checking on any one side, considers the reach and importance of claims it selects to check and publishes a short statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.
  • 2.3 The applicant discloses in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. It also discloses in its fact checks any commercial or other such relationships it has that a member of the public might reasonably conclude could influence the findings of the fact check.
  • 2.4 The applicant is not as an organization affiliated with nor declares or shows support for any party, any politician or political candidate, nor does it advocate for or against any policy positions on any issues save for transparency and accuracy in public debate.
  • 2.5 The applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. Save for the issues of accuracy and transparency, the applicant’s staff do not get involved in advocacy or publicise their views on policy issues the organization might fact check in such a way as might lead a reasonable member of the public to see the organization’s work as biased.

Criteria 2.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please share links to 10 fact checks published over the past year that you believe demonstrate your non-partisanship.
Please briefly explain how the fact checks selected show that (I) you use the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, (II) follow the same essential process for every fact check and (III) let the evidence dictate your conclusions.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
1. AIDS is not a ‘chemical toxin’ or a ‘scam on gays’ https://firstcheck.in/details-data/?dataid=17479

2. No, there is no scientific evidence that Mucormycosis can spread from chicken to humans https://firstcheck.in/firstcheck-stories/no-there-is-no-scientific-evidence-that-mucormycosis-can-spread-from-chicken-to-humans/

3. No evidence to prove that people become ‘silent spreaders’ after first dose of COVID vaccine  https://firstcheck.in/details-data/?dataid=17193

4. WhatsApp forward claiming ‘Vaccinated People Will Die in 2 Years’ is untrue https://firstcheck.in/details-data/?dataid=16937

5. Real vs fake Remdesivir injections: Know the difference https://firstcheck.in/details-data/?dataid=16705 



9. Misleading WhatsApp message questions Pfizer vaccine efficacy https://firstcheck.in/details-data/?dataid=13188


The above stories were fact-checked based on requests from our readers and the social media monitoring team. Irrespective of the parties involved - governments, politicians, pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders - we diligently collect evidence, examine documents and research papers and seek the expertise of the healthcare experts in our global network to check the veracity of these claims, thereby detecting and combating health misinformation.
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant checks claims using the same standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 2.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you explain how you select claims to check, explaining how you ensure you do not unduly concentrate your fact-checking on any one side, and how you consider the reach and importance of the claims you select to check.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Fact-checking health and medical misinformation is at the heart of First Check. We focus on how bad science or lack of understanding often misleads people to seek solace in unscientific practices and home remedies, deny vaccination, fall into the trap of misleading advertisements about life-threatening diseases. With clear and unbiased fact-checking measures, we cover claims dealing with different aspects of public health and medicine: https://firstcheck.in/methodology/

In the process of fact-checking, we consider the following:

1) Is the statement, content, video or text misleading?

2) Is the content, video or social media message gaining wide popularity?

3) Is the content, video or social media message harmful?

4) Has it been already fact-checked? If yes, is there a scope to explain the science behind it which might have been missed in the earlier fact-check.

5) Would a typical person read it and immediately believe it thereby causing real-world harm?

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant considers the reach and importance of the claims it selects to check; it has a statement on its website about its methodology, and it does not concentrate on any one side. 


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 2.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Sources are clearly indicated so that the reader knows the interests of the sources. 


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 2.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant is not affiliated to and does not show support for any political party or candidate and does not advocate for any policy positions. 


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 2.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you publish a statement setting out your policy on non-partisanship for staff and how it ensures the organization meets this criteria.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

You may like to see this: https://firstcheck.in/non-partisan-policy/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has an explicit non-partisanship policy for its staff that makes it clear that they cannot bring in their biases to their work. The policy is available on its website. 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 3: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

To be compliant on sources, applicants must meet these four criteria

  • 3.1 The applicant identifies the source of all significant evidence used in their fact checks, providing relevant links where the source is available online, in such a way that users can replicate their work if they wish. In cases where identifying the source would compromise the source’s personal security, the applicant provides as much detail as compatible with the source’s safety.
  • 3.2 The applicant uses the best available primary, not secondary, sources of evidence wherever suitable primary sources are available. Where suitable primary sources are not available, the applicant explains the use of a secondary source.
  • 3.3 The applicant checks all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence save where the one source is the only source relevant on the topic.
  • 3.4 The applicant identifies in its fact checks the relevant interests of the sources it uses where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

Criteria 3.1
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Most sources of evidence are identified by the applicant, with adequate links provided. Readers can replicate their work and see for themselves the process through which the applicant arrived at the outcome of the fact check. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 3.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant mainly uses primary sources of evidence, but it does, once in a while use secondary sources. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 3.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Most elements of claims are checked against more than one named source of evidence. 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 3.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The sources are clearly identified so that the reader is in no doubt about them. 


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 4: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

To be compliant on funding and organization, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 4.1 Applicants that are independent organizations have a page on their website detailing each source of funding accounting for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. This page also sets out the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
  • 4.2 Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.
  • 4.3 A statement on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.
  • 4.4 A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who, according to the organizational structure and play a significant part in its editorial output.
  • 4.5 The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Criteria 4.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please confirm whether you are an ‘independent organization’
or ‘the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization’ and share proof of this organizational status.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

First Check is a flagship fact-checking initiative of Health Analytics Asia, which is run by OW DataLeads, an independent media organisation, registered as a private limited company in India. We do not accept donations or any support/funding from political/religious parties or from the government.

OW DataLeads Pvt Ltd is a for profit entity and gets its income from content creation, media literacy and fact-checking training, media events, and data visualisation as well as our membership programme of Health Analytics Asia.

You may check like to check the certificate of incorporation here: https://firstcheck.in/incorporation-and-partnership/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has listed out each source of funding that accounts for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. It also has the legal form in which the organization is registered.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 4.2
Proof you meet criteria
If your organization is an “independent organization”, please share a link to the page on your website where you detail your funding and indicate the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
If your organization is “the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization”, please share a link to the statement on your website about your ownership.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

You may like to check our parent company's 'About Us' page to know more about our ownership https://dataleads.co.in/about-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In the About Us page, the applicant has clearly mentioned that it is a fact-checking unit of a media house that works in the area of fact-checking training.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 4.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out your organizational structure, making clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Award-winning journalist Syed Nazakat is the founder of the organization and Jisha Krishnan is the Editor of First Check. You can find details about them here: https://firstcheck.in/meet-our-fact-checkers/ and about the editorial team here: https://firstcheck.in/about-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant’s website sets out its organizational structure and makes it apparent how and by whom editorial control is exercised.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 4.4
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out the professional biographies of those who play a significant part in your organization’s editorial output.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Here is a brief profile of all our team members, their roles and interests: https://firstcheck.in/about-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Professional biographies of all who play a significant role in its editorial output have been detailed on the website. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 4.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you encourage users to communicate with your editorial team.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We encourage our users to contact us via email, telephone and contact us forms which are under the 'Contact Us' section here: https://firstcheck.in/contact-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has a Contact Us page clearly indicated on its website for users to communicate with the team. It also has clearly visible social media handles for readers to follow or write to the team.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 5: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

To be compliant on methodology, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 5.1 The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.
  • 5.2 The applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims, and where possible explains the reason for choosing the claim to check.
  • 5.3 The applicant sets out in its fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.
  • 5.4 The applicant in its fact checks assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.
  • 5.5 The applicant seeks where possible to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, noting that (I) this is often not possible with online claims, (II) if the person who makes the claim fails to reply in a timely way this should not impede the fact check, (III) if a speaker adds caveats to the claim, the fact-checker should be free to continue with checking the original claim, (IV) fact-checkers may not wish to contact the person who made the claim for safety or other legitimate reasons.
  • 5.6 The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable.

Criteria 5.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to the statement on your website that explains the methodology you use to select, research, write and publish your fact checks.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We have mentioned our methodology in detail on the First Check website here: https://firstcheck.in/methodology/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant’s website makes states the methodology it uses to select, research and publish fact checks. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 5.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Nearly all claims chosen by the applicant are in the public interest. Where possible the applicant explains the reason to choose the claim.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 5.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

While checking claims the applicant sets out relevant evidence that appears to support the claim and evidence that appears to undermine it. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 5.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The same standards are applied to evidence on equivalent claims, irrespective of who made the claim.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 5.5
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Where possible, the applicant makes an effort to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence. Nevertheless, it does go ahead and continues with its fact-checks. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 5.6
Proof you meet criteria
Please describe how you encourage users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable. Include links where appropriate. If you do not allow this, explain why.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Readers send us suggestions via the form on the home page of our website (https://firstcheck.in/), by email (hello@firstcheck.in), as well as on our dedicated WhatsApp number (+91 9311223145). 

We fact-check these submissions by readers. However, as we can’t feasibly check all claims, we select the most newsworthy ones based on editorial judgment, subject relevance and interest.

We only check claims that are related to public health and health-related misinformation.

We also examine impact and virality of the claims - Would a typical person read it and immediately believe it thereby causing real-world harm?

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant encourages readers to send in claims to check; a statement on its website makes it clear what is and what is not fact-checkable. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 6: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

To be compliant on corrections policy, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 6.1 The applicant has a corrections or complaints policy that is easily visible and accessible on the organization’s website or frequently referenced in broadcasts.
  • 6.2 The policy sets out clear definitions of what it does and does not cover, how major mistakes, especially those requiring revised conclusions of a fact check, are handled, and the fact that some complaints may justify no response. This policy is adhered to scrupulously.
  • 6.3 Where credible evidence is provided that the applicant has made a mistake worthy of correction, the applicant makes a correction openly and transparently, seeking as far as possible to ensure that users of the original see the correction and the corrected version.
  • 6.4 The applicant, if an existing signatory, should either on its corrections/complaints page or on the page where it declares itself an IFCN signatory inform users that if they believe the signatory is violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.
  • 6.5 If the applicant is the fact-checking unit of a media company, it is a requirement of signatory status that the parent media company has and adheres to an open and honest corrections policy.

Criteria 6.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to where you publish on your website your corrections or complaints policy. If you are primarily a broadcaster, please provide evidence you frequently reference your corrections policy in broadcasts.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

If we make an error we correct it and notify it at the bottom of the article. Here is our correction policy: https://firstcheck.in/correction-policy/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The policy clearly states what it covers, how major mistakes are handled. It has been largely adhering to the policy


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 6.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a short statement about how the policy was adhered to over the previous year (or six months if this is the first application) including evidence of two examples of the responses provided by the applicant to a correction request over the previous year. Where no correction request has been made in the previous year, you must state this in your application, which will be publicly available in the assessment if your application is successful.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

There has been no correction request in the previous year. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant has said that it has had no occasion in the past year to make any corrections. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 6.4
Proof you meet criteria
If you are an existing signatory, please provide a link to show where on your site you inform users that if they believe you are violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN of this, with a link to the complaints page on the IFCN site.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

You may like to see this: https://firstcheck.in/about-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant is an existing signatory of the IFCN Code of Principles. On its website it provides a link to the IFCN Complaints policy page so that users can inform the IFCN if they feel the applicant is violating the code.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criteria 6.5
Proof you meet criteria
If you are the fact-checking unit of a media company, please provide a link to the parent media company’s honest and open corrections policy and provide evidence that it adheres to this.

First Check
14-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Health Analytics Asia has a clear and honest corrections policy, it can be read here: https://www.ha-asia.com/correction-policy/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
26-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant’s parent organization, too, has an open corrections policy. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.