Décrypteurs

Organization: Radio-Canada
Applicant: Jeff Yates
Assessor: Margot Susca
Conclusion and recommendations
on 12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago)

Margot Susca wrote:

For parts of this assessment the links to the site take you to information in French so I used Google Translate for a number of the links where that was an issue. (The request for an assessment of Radio Canada said the group's primary language is English.) I note this for transparency and not because I felt it was a barrier to my assessment. 

Radio Canada's fact check site, in French called DÉCRYPTEURS, says: "Our team tracks the false information that spreads on social networks. His mission? Combat misinformation and highlight the darkest corners of the web. To contact us: decryptors@radio-canada.ca." Their work is relatively new though its primary fact checker, Jeff Yates, has been working in this area for a few years, based on the information provided. 

I have marked it as Fully Compliant in all areas, and I note that the work especially seems rooted in journalistic traditions of fairness and transparency. The site notes: "Transparency. When we use a source on the web as part of an audit, we include a link to that source for the user to view. Ditto for a tool that the reader can not consult himself: we then include, as far as possible, a screenshot. When we interview a guest, we explain why their expertise is relevant to the subject. We detail as much as possible how we found the information we present. Ideally, the reader will be able to read our article and recreate our own way by reproducing our procedure."

on 12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago)

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Section 1: Organization

Criterion 1a
Proof of registration
Evidence required: Please provide evidence that the signatory is a legally-registered organization set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking or the distinct fact-checking project of a recognized media house or research institution.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Décrypteurs is Radio-Canada's fact-checking and online disinformation unit. It was officially launched on May 28th, 2019, but we have been producing articles since February. In addition I (Jeff Yates) have been producing fact-checking articles for Radio-Canada since February 2017. Radio-Canada is Canada's public broadcaster. For the moment, the project includes two journalists, Jeff Yates and Bouchra Ouatik. It is run by Jonathan Trudel. 

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Fully compliant. 


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Criterion 1b
Archive
Evidence required: Insert a link to the archive of fact checks published in the previous three months. If you do not collect all fact checks in one place, please explain how the fact-checking is conducted by your organization.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago)

You may find our fact-checks at this link, under the section «Nos vérifications».


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs


You may also find previous fact-checks by Jeff Yates (under the name «Inspecteur viral») here:


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/jeffyates

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Please note that the site officially is <3 months old, but has been regularly publishing fact checks in that time on a range of subjects. 


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2a
Body of work sample
Evidence required: Please share links to ten fact checks that better represent the scope and consistency of your fact-checking. Provide a short explanation of how your organization strives to maintain coherent standards across fact checks.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

We have a section of our site which explains our methodology and how we work: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs/en-vedette/document/nouvelles/article/1166831/decrypteurs-methodologie-verifications-faits-desinformation


In essence, we look at two main criteria before publishing a fact-check. The first is virality. We don't want to give undue visibility to something that has not been widely shared on social media. The second is potential social impact. If a piece of fake news contains a potential risk for people's health, someone's reputation, the integrity of an election or contains a scam, for example, we will take this into account. We carefully weigh both of these factors to ensure that our fact-checks are responsible and useful.


Below are ten recent articles by our team:


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs/verifications/document/nouvelles/article/1158344/message-facebook-panne-actif-partage-fausse-nouvelle


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs/verifications/document/nouvelles/article/1157889/article-1983-journal-quebec-climat-scientifiques-neige-2000-souvenir


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs/verifications/document/nouvelles/article/1163789/cafes-petit-maghreb-interdits-femmes-verification-faux


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs/verifications/document/nouvelles/article/1163567/valerie-plante-manifestation-projet-loi-21-adil-charkaoui-montreal-buenos-aires


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1172067/maire-dorval-porc-cantines-musulmans-folklore


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1150215/navire-croisiere-photo-pollution-uruguay-boue


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1147252/glaciers-10-ans-challenge-2008-2009-2018-2019-evolution-changements-climatiques


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1145624/riz-dana-pakistan-aliment-infecte-facebook-fausse-nouvelle


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1137016/photos-coyotes-morts-canada-goose-chasse-trappe


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1136017/ecofuel-etudiant-universite-montreal-economiseur-essence-carburant-automobile-tech-scan

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Fully compliant. 


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Criterion 2b
Nonpartisanship policy
Evidence required: Please share evidence of your policy preventing staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Please also indicate the policy your organization has as a whole regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Radio-Canada has extremely stringent policies regarding journalistic integrity. Journalists may not participate in any partisan activities. You may find more information here: 

https://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/vision/governance/journalistic-standards-and-practices

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Fully compliant. Follows Radio Canada's exemplary ethical standards. 

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done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

Criterion 3a
Sources Policy
Please share a brief and public explanation (500 words max) of how sources are provided in enough detail that readers could replicate the fact check. If you have a public policy on how you find and use sources for your fact-checking, it should be shared here.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

All articles must follow Radio-Canada's Standards and practices (link in previous section). We strive to allow readers to reproduce our reporting. Every claim in our articles is accompanied by a link. We also include, when appropriate, screen grabs or archived websites so readers can see them for themselves. As detailed in our methodology, we try to give precedence to reader suggestions.

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Fully compliant. It is clear that Radio Canada's fact check arm has considered not just what to fact check but also how to do so with an emphasis on the importance to the public. 


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 4a
Funding Sources
Evidence required: Please link to the section where you publicly list your sources of funding (including, if they exist, any rules around which types of funding you do or don't accept), or a statement on ownership if you are the branch of an established media organization or research institution.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Radio-Canada is Canada's public broadcaster. It is financed in part by the Canadian government, but it is editorially independant. This independence is enshrined, by law, in the Canadian Broadcasting Act (1991). More details here: 

https://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/vision/governance/programming-policies/programming-mandate

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Fully compliant. 


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Criterion 4b
Staff
Evidence required: Please link to the section detailing all authors and key actors behind your fact-checking project with their biographies. You can also list the name and bios of the members of the editorial board, pool of experts, advisory board, etc. if your organization has those.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago
Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Fully compliant. Translated to English from the site: "Decryptors is the CBC team fighting against misinformation. Its mission: to help citizens unravel the true and false on social networks, analyze the mechanisms that contribute to the spread of false news (fake news) and highlight some emerging web phenomena. This is who we are and how we work."


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Criterion 4c
Contact
Evidence required: Please link to the section where readers can get in touch with the organization.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Our contact info is on our splash page: 


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs


We also have a Facebook group:


https://www.facebook.com/groups/decrypteurs/

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Fully compliant. 


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5a
Detailed Methodology
Evidence required: Please link to a section or article detailing the steps you follow for your fact-checking work.

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Fully compliant in how it explains WHY it chooses some stories, but I would urge the staff to consider explaining HOW it goes about its actual process of fact checking claims. Will it use original source material? Experts? I think the section could be improved as it continues its work. 


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Criterion 5b
Claim submissions
Evidence required: Please link to the page or process through which readers can submit claims to fact-check. If you do not allow this, please briefly explain why.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Readers may contact us on our splash page: 


https://ici.radio-canada.ca/decrypteurs


Or in our Facebook group:


https://www.facebook.com/groups/decrypteurs/


We also invite readers to contact us directly on social media.

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Fully compliant. It appears to put a focus on reader claims and questions. 


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 6a
Corrections policy
Evidence required: Please link to the page with your policy to address corrections. If it is not public, please share your organization's handbook.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago)

A detailed section on corrections is included in Radio-Canada's standards and practices:


https://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/vision/governance/journalistic-standards-and-practices

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Full compliant. 


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.

Criterion 6b
Examples of corrections
Evidence required: Please provide two examples of a correction made, or correction requests handled, in the past year.

Radio-Canada
31-May-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

We have not had any instances of corrections in the past year. An article I (Jeff Yates) wrote in partnership with the CBC necessitted a minor quote correction. You can see how it was handled here:


https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/how-a-suspected-iran-based-campaign-tried-to-get-canadian-media-to-spread-fake-news-1.5143913

Margot Susca Assessor
12-Jun-2019 (6 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Two examples were not provided, but the applicant explained why. 


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Margot Susca.