Feedback on recommendations:
a) to extend the variety of fact-check topics from the Russian propaganda and international topics to local issues important for the Georgian population.
We’ve already extended our fact-checking to local topics and reflected this development in the section “about”
Following topics are added to the section “about”:
Media Development Foundation examines manipulative media content from various directions:
Information influence activities by foreign country (direct propaganda by Russian government sponsored media and indirect anti-Western propaganda by cloaked media outlets);
Domestic political propaganda (use of trolls and fake pages in social media for political purposes)
Spread of false information for economic purposes (click bait web-pages).
In addition, methodology on identification of trolls is added to the section “methodology::
Trolls are identified based on open sources and primarily on the open data of the suspicious account. Monitoring of trolls is carried out on the basis of analysis of a social media account profile and covers the following aspects: 1. “About me” section of a troll account, personal photos and videos, 2. public comments, posts and behaviour in the timeline.
To verify whether a social media account is real we additionally use person identification search engines, such as Webmii.com, Pipl. com, People.yandex.ru.
In case trolls are using other persons’ photos to make their identity more real and credible, we use photo verification resources, like: images.google.com, Tineye.com, yandex.com/images, Baidu.com.
b) to publish the MDF Code of Conduct online on the MDF web-page.
c) to update Myth Detector Code of Conduct with the part stating nonpartisanship.
Updated and following sentence is added in the Code of Conduct:
Our employee shall not be a member of any party or publicly support any candidate in election process.
d) to produce annual financial overview at least in a format of the pie-charts that will show the income structure including sources of funding and major spending structure.
Done for 2018 and we’ll add previous years budgets as well.
e) to produce a more substantial description and explanation of the corrections and mistakes treatment.
Following sentence is added to the correction To consider readers’ complaints under the Code of Conduct of Myth Detector.
Detailed policy on corrections and complaint review is added in the section “complaints”:
f) to move "Contact us" and "Complaint" buttons on the first screen of the web-site close to the FB, Twitter and YouTube buttons.
c) to move up the Report Fake button.