HKBU FactCheck Service

Organization: HKBU Fact Check
Applicant: Stephanie Jean Tsang
Assessor: Chen-Ling Hung

Background


HKBU Fact Check is a new applicant under the School of Communication and Film at Hong Kong Baptist University. The project, launched in May 2021, serves to provide fact-checking services for the Hong Kong community. It also works towards conducting research related to fact-checking and promoting media literacy to the public. HKBU Fact Check has seven key members supporting daily operations, including academic staff and research assistants hired exclusively for this project. It therefore has certain expertise in the implementation of these criteria required by professional journalism and IFCN. 

Assessment Conclusion

HKBU Fact Check regularly publishes fact-checking articles, at least a story per week on its main website (https://factcheck.hkbu.edu.hk/home/). According to my assessment, I think is a reliable fact-checking partner. This applicant is compliant with the principles enacted by the IFCN.
on 23-Aug-2022 (5 months ago)

Chen-Ling Hung assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

浸大事實查核由香港浸會大學傳理與影視學院營運,是IFCN 新的認證申請者。本計畫成立於2021年5月,為香港社群提供事實查核服務,同時也執行相關研究及推廣媒體素養。浸大事實查核有七名人員負責日常運作,包括學者專家、研究助理等。它的運作符合IFCN要求的專業新聞標準。本計畫經常性地發布事實查核報告,每週至少一則。依據IFCN專業標準所進行的審查之後,浸大事實查核符合標準,堪稱為可信賴的事實查核夥伴。

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

HKBU Fact Check is a fact-checking project under the School of Communication and Film at Hong Kong Baptist University, as documented on our website (https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/about-us/vision-and-mission/). 

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago)
The applicant is a distinct team within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website.

done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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?

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

1. The project was launched in May 2021, and HKBU Fact Check started publishing fact-checking reports in August 2021. The project serves to provide fact-checking services for the Hong Kong community.

2. HKBU Fact Check currently has seven key members supporting daily operations, including academic staff and research assistants hired exclusively for this project. A working committee is responsible for monitoring the fairness of the claim selection process. Details of our structure can be found here: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/about-us/structure/

3. As a project facilitated by an academic institution, we also work towards conducting research related to fact-checking (https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/research/) and promoting media literacy to the public (https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/media-literacy/). The project has an official website, a Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/hkbufactcheck/), and an Instagram account (https://instagram.com/hkbufactcheck). As of Feb. 18, 2022, we have 1,629 followers on Facebook and 745 followers on Instagram. In addition, the project has a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/HKBUFactCheck) and a LinkedIn account (https://www.linkedin.com/company/hkbufactcheck/), targeted on English speakers.

4. Our long-term goals include publishing research on information disorder and public policy, establishing a hybrid human and machine fact-checking system, and expanding collaborations with local and overseas media practitioners.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago)
The applicant is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking. Established in 2021. The applicant has seven key members supporting daily operations, including academic staff and research assistants hired exclusively for this project.

done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

We have published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. Our official website hosts an archive of fact checks published in the previous three months: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

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. 


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago)
Most stories in the previous three months I've gone through tackle issues and claims that are significant and relevant to public interests.

done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

HKBU Fact Check is a fact-checking project under the School of Communication and Film at Hong Kong Baptist University, and has no relationships with politicians and political parties in the countries we cover. In addition, we have not received support from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year. Besides funding from the School of Communication and Film, HKBU Fact Check has also received funding from the Teaching Development Grant – Communities of Practice (Project Title: BU Fact Check. Principal Coordinator: Stephanie Jean Tsang).

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago)
This applicant declares that it has no relationships with politicians and political parties in the countries it covers. It has not received support from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year. Besides funding from the School of Communication and Film, the applicant has also received funding from the Teaching Development Grant – Communities of Practice

done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

We currently do not receive funding from local or foreign state or political sources. This page indicates how we ensure the editorial independence of our work: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/our-process/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago)
The applicant declares that it has no funding from local or foreign state or political sources.

done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Ten fact checks that represent the scope and consistency of our fact-checking:

#01 -【錯誤】國家氣象局預測廣東史上最冷春節即將來臨,除夕氣溫跌至零下?https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2021/01/15/guangdongtemperature/

#02 -【錯誤】美國特斯拉(Tesla)行政總裁馬斯克曾稱, 中國政府可能比美國政府對人民更有責任感?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2021/01/14/elon-musk/

#03 -【錯誤】前美國駐成都領事林傑偉夫人莊祖宜被指美國外交官「陪睡丫頭」、網民懷疑遭拋棄 ?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2021/01/09/diplomatic_china_us/

#04 -【真實】日本政府表示新冠肺炎可能會被分類為新型流感?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2021/01/20/japancovid/

#05 -【無法確定】47名已施打過中國疫苗的中國工人在烏干達確診新冠肺炎?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2020/12/23/uganda/

#06 -【錯誤】中聯辦主任駱惠寧稱中國連續兩年在世界銀行的營商環境報告中排名第一有誤?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2020/10/31/worldbank_20201031/

#07 -【錯誤】世衛首席科學家指中國新冠疫苗被證明有效?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2020/09/26/who-vaccine_20200926/

#08 -【錯誤】新疆維吾爾族人口增幅是加拿大人口增幅的18倍?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2020/12/03/%e6%96%b0%e7%96%86%e7%b6%ad%e5%90%be%e7%88%be%e6%97%8f%e4%ba%ba%e5%8f%a3%e5%a2%9e%e5%b9%85/

#09 -【部分真實】美國航母羅斯福號已經有四分之一人感染新冠病毒?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2020/10/17/rooseveltcovid_20201016/

#10 -【錯誤】Netflix真人騷《璀璨帝國》(Bling Empire)中韓裔男模Kevin Kreider身家過億港元?

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2021/01/29/kevinkreid

HKBU FactCheck Service strives to maintain the following coherent standards by generating fact-checking reports as follows:

We report on:

1. The background of the suspicious content including:

· Direct quotation of the suspicious content

· The name of the source, published time, message/article header, etc.

2. Inconsistent media reports related to the suspicious content (if any) including:

· Quotations of the related media reports

· The name of the source, published time, message/article header, and the respective content etc.

3. The claim to be fact-checked including:

· A claim or multiple claims selected from the suspicious content

· Elaborations of definitions related to the claim(s)

4. Fact-checking findings on the selected claim(s) obtained in the following ways:

· Expert opinion will be collected via interviews. A hyperlink of the expert’s profile, direct quotations from the expert, and corresponding document archives will be included in the final report.

· Expert opinion will be collected via secondary sources. The name of the secondary source, document archive of the secondary source, published time, quotation from the expert, and the expert’s profile will be included in the final report.

· For related studies/reports, the name of the source, published time, study/report title with hyperlink, quotation from the expert, and the expert’s profile will be included in the final report.

5. In conclusion, the final report will contain:

· A brief summary on our findings

· Evidence that supports our findings

· Our verdict

An editor and a supervisor will fact check all reports prior to publication. For readers’ reference, we present all our references on a web page that we provide to the readers via URL. Keywords are included for easy reference.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The stories the applicant chose clearly demonstrate its editorial stance of non-partisanship. They apply the same standards consistently.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

HKBU Fact Check has a mechanism which supports a fair and balanced selection of suspicious contents. Not only are contents selected from a wide variety of social media content, but also contents which fulfill the following criteria are selected for fact-checking:

· The suspicious content includes facts which can be fact checked. In other words, opinions will be excluded.

· The suspicious content is misleading.

· The suspicious content involves public interest.

· The suspicious content has gained some popularity in the community.

· HKBU Fact Check can gain access to primary and/or secondary sources to perform fact-checking of the suspicious content.

These criteria are also present on our official website: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/our-process/

In general, to ensure we do not unduly concentrate our fact-checking on any one side, we extract suspicious claims from CrowdTangle using the same protocol every day. We mostly focus on claims which have gained high interaction counts among the Hong Kong public on Facebook. 

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
The applicant publishes an explanation on its website to set out how it selects claims to check, here is the link:

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/our-process/

Verification methods and criteria are clear.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
In view of what I have observed, 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.

done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In view of what I have observed, the applicant provides fact-checking reports based on truth and evidence. It doesn't show support for any party, any politician, or political candidate.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates, HKBU Fact Check has a nonpartisan statement posted on the official website (https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/about-us/vision-and-mission/). To bar staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations, everyone involved in HKBU Fact Check, including fact-checkers and management team members, are required to date and sign a “Form for Declaration of Interests.” 

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Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant explains its policies to preserve its non-partisan way of fact-checking. Everyone involved in HKBU Fact Check is required to date and sign a “Form for Declaration of Interests.”


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant identifies the source of significant evidence used in its fact checks.

done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant uses the best available primary sources of evidence in most stories.

done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant frequently applies multiple sources in their stories.

done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In view of what I have observed, 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.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

HKBU Fact Check is currently funded by the School of Communication and Film, which is a publicly funded, independent academic organization. 

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant is a project in the School of Communication and Film, HKBU.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The statement about ownership and funding can be found here: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/about-us/vision-and-mission/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant has a page (the “Mission” section on the Vision and Mission page) on their website declaring its independent, self-funded status.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Our organizational structure can be found here: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/about-us/structure/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant has a page (the “People” section on the About US page) on its website that describes how and by whom editorial control is exercised.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

All the key actors behind HKBU Fact Check can be found here: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/about-us/structure/

HKBU Fact Check
10-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

All the key actors behind HKBU Fact Check can be found here: https://factcheck.hkbu.edu.hk/home/en/about-us/structure/ 

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant has a page (the “People” section on the About US page) on their website that details the professional biography of those who play a significant part in its editorial output. However, the professional biography of the fact-checkers and the project assistant is missing on the English page. 


cancel 4.4 marked as Request change by Chen-Ling Hung.
Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
23-Aug-2022 (5 months ago)

The applicant has a page (the “People” section on the About US page) on their website that details the professional biography of those who play a significant part in its editorial output. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The public may contact the organization through the following channels:

· The telephone number and email address displayed on our official website (https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/contact-us/)

· Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/hkbufactcheck/)

· Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hkbufactcheck/)

· Twitter (https://twitter.com/HKBUFactCheck)

· LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/hkbufactcheck/)

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
The applicant provides its contact information to the users. 

done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Our detailed methodology can be found here:

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/our-process/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
On this page "Our Process", the applicant publishes the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.

done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In view of what I have observed, the applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims. Many reports are relevant to the themes of Covid-19 and the War on Ukraine that have significant influences on the global order.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant sets out in their fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it. 

done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant assesses the merits of the evidence found 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 Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In view of what I have observed, the applicant regularly relies on primary and secondary sources of information and does not make unfair conclusions or inaccurate deductions from evidence. The applicant also identifies the interests of sources if they would be required to understand the source’s credibility.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Users can submit claims to fact-check via a Google form available on our official website (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScD01P-Ab35t3H7HRe3zQXjozOA041PWc282g9r1hG6kvc9FQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628). In addition to our official website, they can also submit claims through our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Users can learn what will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable here: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/our-process/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant encourages users to communicate with them via the “via a Google form available on its official website. In addition, the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the applicant are also reachable. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Here is the page with our policy to address corrections: https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/correction-policy/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
The applicant has a corrections policy that is easily visible and accessible on its website https://factcheck.hkbu.edu.hk/home/en/fact-check/correction-policy/

done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago)


HKBU Fact Check
10-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Here is the page with our policy to address corrections:

https://factcheck.hkbu.edu.hk/home/fact-check/correction-policy/ (CN) 

https://factcheck.hkbu.edu.hk/home/en/fact-check/correction-policy/ (EN)


In order to ensure the accuracy of each fact-checking report, all suggestions, potential corrections and even complaints are welcome.

Readers please contact us through comm_fcs@hkbu.edu.hk to submit your feedback or correction request. All submissions will be reviewed by our editorial team. If the submission are deemed justifiable, we will go further and update the fact-checking report accordingly.

1) Major mistake that will change the verdict—The report will be re-published after correction. A statement that elaborates the change and the date of re-publication will be issued and updated in the report.

2) Factual error—the specific error will be marked and corrected in the report accordingly, with a note that explains the correction and the date of modification.

3) Updates—If additional information is required to fully explain the issue, we will update the report with the new information. A note about the update will also be marked in the report.

4) Typos, grammatical errors, and other minor flaws—They will be corrected accordingly and will not be noted.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The correction policy provides contact information for users to submit feedback. After reviewing information that users submit, the applicant declares that “If there are any errors or missing parts of fact, we would mark the items with updated reasons and dates accordingly in the report.”

The applicant needs further set 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.


cancel 6.2 marked as Request change by Chen-Ling Hung.
Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
23-Aug-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The applicant clearly lays out its correction and complaint policy at the link: 

https://factcheck.hkbu.edu.hk/home/en/fact-check/correction-policy/ (EN)

https://factcheck.hkbu.edu.hk/home/fact-check/correction-policy/ (CN) 


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

For corrections, we will follow the guidelines as stated under Criterion 7.2. (https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/fact-check/our-process/). Two examples of fact checks that have been corrected over the previous six months are as follows,

1. 【錯誤】半年以來全球多達108名足球員猝死,是過往平均數的五倍? (published on Jan. 31, 2022; corrected on Feb. 11, 2022.) https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2022/01/31/football-players/

2. 【錯誤】新冠病毒的新變異株命名為「Flurona」? (published on Feb. 1, 2022; corrected on Feb. 17, 2022.)

https://comd.hkbu.edu.hk/factcheckservice/2022/02/01/flurona/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant gives 2 examples from 2 different articles. It demonstrates that they have handled corrections adequately and professionally. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

We are not yet an existing signatory.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
The applicant is not an existing signatory

done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

HKBU Fact Check
01-Mar-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Our fact-checking unit does not belong to a media company.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
01-Jul-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The applicant does not belong to a media company.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.