Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"

Organization: Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
Applicant: Karol Orzeł
Assessor: Grzegorz Piechota

Background

Having reviewed thoroughly the ‘Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji’ Foundation's application, documents and fact checks, I have concluded that the applicant is fully compliant with the IFCN Code of Principles.

Assessment Conclusion

I would like to recommend the IFCN Board to accept their application.

‘Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji’ Foundation is a young non-profit watchdog organisation with a potential to become one of the reliable sources of information. During the evaluation of their policies and practices, I read dozens of their documents and fact checks, and I found they met the highest standards of quality and impartiality.

In Polish context, an increasingly polarised and polluted public debate, the fact checking service that the applicant provides advances understanding and decision-making by the public.

I would like also to praise their efforts to educate the public, including children and youth on their methodology.

on 21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago)

Grzegorz Piechota assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Fundacja ‘Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji’ jest godną zaufania organizacją fact-checkingową w Polsce. Z pasją i zaangażowaniem dostarcza obywatelom bezstronnej i wiarygodnej informacji, przyczyniając się do poprawy jakości debaty publicznej.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

We're registered in a legal form as a foundation. Our history, information and documents are published on our website: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/ 

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant’s foundation "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji" is legally registered. Their status may be easily verified at the Polish Government’s registry of companies and non-profit organisations: https://ekrs.ms.gov.pl/web/wyszukiwarka-krs/strona-glowna/

The information about their legal status is available on the applicant’s site. 


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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?

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

1. Our fact-checking initiative started in 2019. We have registered a foundation in July 2020. 

2. Our small team is listed here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/zespol/ Right now we have 3 people working for our foundation and approximately 7 volunteers.

3. Apart from fact-checking and debunking fake news, we were experts on educational hackathon, various audio and TV programs. We also carry out analytical projects raising a subject of disinformation.

4. We want to build a strong organization, create international fact checking initiatives and expand our online reach to be more efficient. 

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

All required information is available on the applicant’s web site. Foundation "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji" was set up with the goal of fact-checking. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Links to our fact checks and fake news debunks from various categories are listed below:

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/ 

https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/

https://fakenews.pl/technologia/ 

https://fakenews.pl/polityka/ 

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

During my review of the applicant’s website, I discovered five themes of fact-checks: politics, society, technology, health and entertainment.

I reviewed the number of records published from August 2020 to January 2021, and I found 105 fact-checks in total, or an average 17.5 fact-checks published per month.

Therefore, I may confirm that the applicant published in the reviewed period at least one fact-check per week.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Links to our fact checks and fake news debunks from various categories are listed below:

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/

https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/

https://fakenews.pl/technologia/

https://fakenews.pl/polityka/

Over last three months, we shifted our focus more to COVID-19 disinformation and misinformation as it's a huge problem here in Poland. 

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

103 out of 105 facts-checks published in the last 6 months covered important topics, that included politics, society, technology and health. The fact-checks in the entertainment category were a minority (2 out of 105).

I reviewed the applicant’s fact-checks for quality and confirmed that at least 75% of fact-checks were related to important issues. I confirmed that the subjects of the facts -checks were mainly published on websites or social media accounts with significant reach to have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.

The information verified by the applicant related to issues, such as:

COVID infection sources, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-ten-wykres-nie-przedstawia-ryzyka-zarazenia-w-zaleznosci-od-lokalizacji/

COVID testing, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-pfizer-nie-testowal-szczepionek-w-auschwitz/

COVID vaccine side-effects, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/drgawki-po-szczepieniu-na-covid-19-sprawdzamy/

International affairs, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/polityka/polska-amunicja-a-protesty-na-bialorusi/

Polish internal affairs, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/policjanci-zaplaca-z-wlasnej-kieszeni-odszkodowania-za-mandaty-sprawdzamy/

The information subjected to verification by the applicant has potentially a substantial impact on general public:

Official government sites, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-ten-wykres-nie-przedstawia-ryzyka-zarazenia-w-zaleznosci-od-lokalizacji/

Youtube videos with 40k+ views, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/olimpiada-2012-londyn-czy-przewidziano-pandemie/

Facebook posts spread across multiple profiles, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/znikajaca-igla-dowod-na-falszywe-szczepienia/

Prominent journalists, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/polityka/nie-michael-carpenter-nie-zostanie-ambasadorem-usa-w-polsce/

Members of the Polish government, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/polityka/nie-wypowiedz-ministra-czarnka-w-sprawie-otylosci-zwlaszcza-wsrod-dziewczat-nie-zostala-zmanipulowana/

Prominent media outlets, such as TVP, the state-controlled broadcaster, e.g., https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/nie-jeff-bezos-nie-zrezygnowal-z-funkcji-ceo-tuz-po-tym-jak-amazon-wszedl-do-polski/


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

We have no commercial, financial or institutional relationship with any politicians or political parties. We cooperate with Open Information Partnership supported by British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Our funding is explained here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji-historia-dokumenty-i-finansowanie/. We publish detailed information about our grants and funding as we believe in full transparency.

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Based on the documents pubished on the applicant website, I may confirm that the applicant is not controlled by any state, political party, neither politician.

Note: The foundation "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji" was founded in 2020, so their first official, financial report will be available by July 2021.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Detailed information about our funding and editorial independence is located here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji-historia-dokumenty-i-finansowanie/

We do not cooperate with any institutions willing to influence our objectivity.

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant revealed it got a £20k grant from the Open Information Partnership. OIP’s goal is to tackle disinformation. It is co-funded by The UK government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

The applicant stated that it ensured the editorial independence from donors. The quality review of the applicant’s website proved their non-partisanship. 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Facts check about Polish president not being invited to John Biden's inauguration. False information has been published by Polish opposition party members: https://fakenews.pl/polityka/inauguracja-joe-bidena-bez-dudy-orbana-i-putina/

Debunked manipulation of Polish prime minister video cut: https://fakenews.pl/polityka/czy-premier-morawiecki-powiedzial-kto-umrze-to-umrze-i-trudno/  

Vistula Spit fact check: https://fakenews.pl/polityka/nie-sprawa-mierzei-wislanej-nie-trafi-do-tsue/ 

Debunking false informations about Przemysław Czarnek change in kids educational book: https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/nie-minister-czarnek-nie-zmienil-tresci-wiersza-kto-ty-jestes/ 

Fact verification related to law changes regarding Polish police: https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/podwyzki-dla-policjantow-za-tlumienie-protestow-sprawdzamy/ 

Debunking Polish prime minister false words about coronavirus situation in Poland : https://fakenews.pl/polityka/morawiecki-koronawirus-w-odwrocie-sprawdzamy-slowa-premiera/

Debunking Polish prime minister false words regarding deepfake: https://fakenews.pl/polityka/premier-morawiecki-i-deepfake-wyjasniamy-niescislosci/ 

Fact checking related to minister Ziobro accusation regarding Istanbul Convention Action: https://fakenews.pl/polityka/konwencja-stambulska-a-gender-i-polska-rodzina-wyjasniamy-kontrowersje/ 

Debunking false information spread by Jakub Marciniak, a conservative politician regarding Women's Strike incident: : https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/ambulans-zablokowany-przez-strajk-kobiet-to-fake-news/ 

Debunking false information spread by Ryszard Terlecki, conservative politician regarding Women's Strike logo: https://fakenews.pl/spoleczenstwo/terlecki-o-symbolu-strajku-kobiet-hitlerjugend-i-ss-to-manipulacja/

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Applicant proved that it used the same high standards of evidence regardless who made the claim (the ruling party, opposition, etc.).


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

There is an appropriate statement on the applicant’s website. The quality review of the applicant’s website also confirmed the diversity of the claims selected for checking.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Based on a review of 20 randomly selected fact-checks, I may confirm the applicant identified the sources of all significant evidence, provided relevant links and that I might have been able to replicate their work.

The applicant used the primary sources and it used more than one source to check the key claims.

Here are the 20 fact checks used to evaluate the applicant’s compliance:

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-ten-wykres-nie-przedstawia-ryzyka-zarazenia-w-zaleznosci-od-lokalizacji/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-najpiekniejsze-zdjecie-roku-nie-przedstawia-wyrzutu-oksytocyny-w-mozgu-dziecka/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/drgawki-po-szczepieniu-na-covid-19-sprawdzamy/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/czy-23-osoby-zmarly-w-norwegii-po-przyjeciu-szczepionki-na-covid/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/pielegniarka-khalilah-mitchell-doznala-paralizu-twarzy-po-szczepieniu-na-covid-19-brak-dowodow/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/prognozowane-powiklania-poszczepienne-covid-19-sprawdzamy/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/lek-anna-martynowska-ujawnia-falszywa-pandemie-sprawdzamy/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/papaja-i-koza-uzyskaly-pozytywny-test-na-koronawirusa-sprawdzamy/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/szef-pfizera-nie-zaszczepi-sie-wlasna-szczepionka/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/czy-laboratorium-w-wuhan-nalezy-do-glaxo/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/apel-naukowcow-i-lekarzy-o-obowiazku-szczepien-sprawdzamy/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-wloska-telewizja-nie-podstawila-do-szpitala-aktora/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/manekin-zamiast-pacjenta-w-karetce-to-fake-news/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/sok-z-pozytywnym-wynikiem-testu-na-covid-19-to-manipulacja-odbiorcami/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/farmaceuta-odmowi-sprzedazy-prezerwatyw-to-fake-news/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-ma-dowodow-ze-amantadyna-jest-cudownym-lekiem-na-covid-19/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/pieniadze-za-zgony-na-covid-19-sprawdzamy-oplaty-za-leczenie/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/lotnicze-karty-lokalizacji-pasazera-a-covid-19/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-who-nie-przyznalo-ze-covid-19-nie-jest-grozniejszy-od-zwyklej-grypy/

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-premier-norwegii-nie-przeprosila-za-lockdown/


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant is an independent organization. When reviewing its website, I have not noticed any display of support for any party or politician, nor advocacy for or against any policy position in public debate.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant has the policy that obliges the staff to be non-partisan.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Based on a review of 20 randomly selected fact-checks, I can confirm that the applicant identified all significant sources of evidence. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Based on a review of 20 randomly selected fact-checks, I can confirm that the applicant used the best available primary sources. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Based on a review of 20 randomly selected fact-checks, I can confirm that applicant checked all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence. 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Based on a review of 20 randomly selected fact-checks, I can confirm that the applicant identified in its checks the relevant interest of the sources where it is applicable.

For example: in a story about CEO of Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, it explained the dilemma whether to get vaccinated himself – on one hand, CEO would like to show he wasn’t afraid of his own product, on the other hand, he would not like to cut in the line.

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/szef-pfizera-nie-zaszczepi-sie-wlasna-szczepionka/


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant has a website page detailing all sources of funding. The legal form of the applicant’s organisational registration as a non-profit foundation can also be confirmed online.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant has a website page detailing all sources of funding. The legal form of the applicant’s organisational registration as a non-profit foundation can also be confirmed online.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Our team is listed here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/zespol/. Every staff member has his personal email and every concerned reader can contact him directly.

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant is a very small organization of three (3) people who are supported by a group of about seven (7) volunteers. The founder is an editor-in-chief and the other two employees are the analysts.

The applicant made it clear that it was solely responsible for its editorial work.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Our team and biographies are listed here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/zespol/

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

There is a website page with the necessary information about people playing significant part in the editorial output.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Our readers can submit potential claims here: https://fakenews.pl/zglos-fake-newsa/ or contact us here: https://fakenews.pl/kontakt. We also have a live chat widget which is available on every website where users can directly chat with our staff. 

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant offers users different ways of communicating with the editorial team: email, chat, social media and an online contact form.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Our methodology is explained on our website here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/system-oceniania/ 

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The required statement explaining the methodology of selecting, researching, writing and publishing fact-checks is present on the applicant’s website.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a review of 40 different fact-checks, I may confirm that the applicant selected claims based on the reach and importance of the claims.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a review of 40 different fact-checks, I may confirm that the applicant used relevant evidence to support and to undermine the claims. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a review of 40 different fact-checks, I may confirm that the applicant assessed the merits of the evidence using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago
Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a review of 40 different fact-checks, I may confirm that the applicant sought where possible to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

We encourage users to send in claims here: https://fakenews.pl/zglos-fake-newsa/. Button for submitting claims is highlighted in red. Also, our live chat system invites users to send claims if they find any.

Eligibility criteria for topics to be fact-checked may be found here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/system-oceniania/

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a review of the website, I can confirm that the applicant made it easy and encouraged users to send in claims to check. The applicant made it also clear what reader can expect to be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Corrections are listed here: https://fakenews.pl/tag/korekta/, complaints policy may be found here: https://fakenews.pl/fundacja-przeciwdzialamy-dezinformacji/system-oceniania/ 

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a review of the applicant’s website, I can confirm that the applicant has both: corrections and complaints policies that are easily visible and accessible.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The correction policy is very briefly described, so it does not offer a detailed information regarding what is and is not covered. In my opinion though, the applicant is compliant with this requirement. All corrections and verified conclusions are easy to find and clearly marked.    


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/nie-ma-dowodow-ze-amantadyna-jest-cudownym-lekiem-na-covid-19/ - We added a correction/update that clinical trials were announced by polish government.

https://fakenews.pl/zdrowie/ryzyko-smierci-z-powodu-grypy-dwukrotnie-wieksze-niz-z-powodu-koronawirusa-to-fake-news/ - We added a correction, that Polish press agency fixed their article and sent correction to the media.

Grzegorz Piechota Assessor
21-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a review of the applicant’s website, I may confirm that corrections were done openly and transparently. They were clearly marked and and easy to find. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Grzegorz Piechota.

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Not applicable. 

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.

Fundacja "Przeciwdziałamy Dezinformacji"
27-Jan-2021 (8 months ago) Updated: 8 months ago

Not applicable.