2b): The fact-checker selection criteria stated in the application do not match explicitly the criteria published on the signatory’s website. Website should be amended to clarify the criteria used.
4a): Funding is not described publicly in detail as required. Spending is not published at all. A detailed public statement of funding and spending should be required.
4b): One of the founders and former directors of the signatory is Director of IFCN. He is currently involved with the signatory in an “informal” and “advisory” role only, not in fact-checking. Out of an abundance of caution, potential conflicts of interest should be considered.
6) A formal public corrections policy should be published to expand the current concise description of how corrections are handled.
The signatory has stated that the organisation is “more than willing to comply to any suggestions for additions or modifications deemed necessary to fully address the standards.”