Applicant: Yeh Tzu Yang
Assessor: Masato Kajimoto
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
Regarding to the requests by the assessor, we have done several revisions of additional detailed biographies of our team members, and we try to describe more about our individual responsibilities and detailed biographies. Basically, we emphasized everyone’s specific jobs and experienced works regarding to fact checking in MGP team. Please kindly review and let us know if any additional information we can supplement.
The followings are the quick links for accessing to everyone’s file-
n Research & Technical Expert(Robbin Lee)
n Research & Technical Expert(陳秉群)
Conclusion and recommendations
Masato Kajimoto wrote:
MyGoPen has been in the area of fact-checking and social media verification since 2015. It is a known name in this field in Taiwan. Their work complies with all of the IFCN criteria to become a signatory, as I indicated in the report. In my observation, their established presence on LINE is benefitting the users in Taiwan; their collaborative work with Taiwan FactCheck Center, another IFCN signatory, is also worth noting here because it is a testament to their rigorous fact-checking process.
One criterion I could not properly evaluate is funding. The organization became a company limited in Nov. last year. Although they have gotten some funding in the forms of donations since then, the amount so far seems to be very little. It is not clear from the record they posted on the website if the money came from a small group of supporters, or a number of ordinary users, or someone else. At this point, it is not an issue because the donation doesn't look sufficient to cover and/or influence the operation much at all, but that might change in the future as they move forward. Until then, this section does not really apply.
With that in mind, I would recommend MyGoPen be accepted without any condition.
But there is always room for improvement, too. Perhaps, one area they can do more on their website is to have more detailed biographies of key people involved in the operation. I don't think the simple list of names and work/education backgrounds is sufficient enough to tell the audience transparently who they are.