Désintox and CheckNews’ journalists selected 10 fact-checks to prove scope and consistency of their work:
These examples show that Désintox and CheckNews cover a variety of speakers (Nathalie Loiseau, Emmanuel Macron, Gérard Collomb, Bernard Arnaud, etc.) and that its fact-checks are non-partisan work.
The Désintox and CheckNews team also explains that its work is quite different of it was since the beginning of Désintox, in 2008:
« Libération’s Désintox has evolved over the past year: we continue to fact-check claims thru Désintox with our videos, but our written section is now called CheckNews. We launched this specific website in September. Our aim is to verify and explain claims when readers ask us to. CheckNews works like a search engine: readers can search for the questions we already answered, or ask a new questions.
We also publish the factchecks we do thanks to the Facebook partnership on this website. We always specify when the article is published because the article was flagged in Facebook. Our methodology did change a little because we now respond to readers’ questions and do not listen necessarily to all the radio and tv interviews politicians give every morning. But the checking methodology is still the same: we review claims, and explain how we checked a question and why we are arriving to this conclusion. For us it was an answer to a critic that is often done to fact-checkers and that we could understand : as fact-checkers, we are sometimes accused of having a political agenda hidden behind our fact-checks. This critic isn't necessarily true, and isn't about the quality of the verifictions but is about journalists having politcal bias. Nonetheless our efforts, we were accused of having political bias and always checking the same politicians (the far right for instance). The critic isn’t new. As we’ve seen with Trump’s election, it is today worldwide. CheckNews was a way of responding to these critics. And the response is positive as we have many tweets congratulating us for being objective, and questions from libération readers, and people who identified as coming from the right and the left. Responding to questions people ask us is a way of responding with more transparency to criterion 2a. »
We can notice that a lot of CheckNews’ fact-checks are about the Libération’s work itself, because that reflects the questions the readers ask to the team… Some fact-checks are about links flagged on Facebook (all of them have the indication: “repéré sur Facebook”).