Rappler

Organization: Rappler
Applicant: Maria Ressa and Gemma B. Mendoza
Assessor: Ma. Diosa Labiste

Background

This is the fourth time that Rappler asked to be assessed as an IFCN signatory. Rappler is one of the two IFCN signatories in the Philippines. It has contributed a lot to making fact-checking known among media, civil society organizations and academe. It has also trained and mentored students  and media practitioners on fact-checking and verification techniques.

Assessment Conclusion

Rappler is compliant with all the criteria in the six sections set out by IFCN. Rappler has provided enough evidence and explanation on the following: its status as a legal organization, its sources of funding, adherence to a code of ethics, a sound fact-checking methodology, and the transparency of its corrections page. 

on 22-Jan-2022 (5 months ago)

Ma. Diosa Labiste assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Congratulations, Rappler.

Section 1: Eligibility to be a signatory

To be eligible to be a signatory, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 1.1 The applicant is a legally registered organization, or a distinct team or unit within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website.
  • 1.2 The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.
  • 1.3 The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track. Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.
  • 1.4 On average, at least 75% of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that, in the view of the IFCN, relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.
  • 1.5 The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.
  • 1.6 If the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, it provides a statement on its site setting out to the satisfaction of the IFCN, how it ensures its funders do not influence the findings of its reports.

Criteria 1.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain where on your website you set out information about your organization’s legal status and how this complies with criteria. Attach a link to the relevant page of your website.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Rappler is an independent news organization based in the Philippines which runs www.rappler.com. This is the link to Rappler’s organizational profile:

https://specials.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/184707-rappler-story-independent-journalism-impact/index.html

Rappler Inc. was registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 25, 2011. However, on January 11, 2018, the SEC issued an order revoking Rappler’s registration for allegedly violating foreign ownership ban on media.

Rappler asked the Court of Appeals to annul the order. On July 26, 2018, while the Court of Appeals dismissed Rappler’s petition annulling the SEC order, it ruled that the commission should review its decision given the evidence presented by Rappler. The court thus remanded the case to the SEC. The SEC has not taken further action since.

This case, as well as other allegations against Rappler, are tackled here:

https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

The list of cases filed against Maria Ressa and staff can are discussed here:

https://www.rappler.com/nation/223968-list-cases-filed-against-maria-ressa-rappler-reporters/

Rappler IQ is a subsection within Newsbreak, the investigative & research arm of Rappler.

(https://www.rappler.com/section/newsbreak). It is maintained primarily by a research unit which independently gathers public-interest imbued data and documents from primary sources for the purpose of storytelling as well as internal and external fact-checking and verification. Given the rise of misinformation and disinformation online, the team also actively monitors content that needs fact-checking, and produces fact-check explainer stories. From time to time, reporters also write fact checks about claims made by public officials or influential personalities representing institutions they cover.


Attached is Rappler’s certificate of incorporation with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission:

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Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler complies with the criteria for legal registration as a news organization. The case on the alleged foreign ownership of Rappler, which is a violation of the Constitution, has not been resolved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who is  also the plaintiff of the case. The Court of Appeals remanded the case to SEC on July 2018 but no action has been taken since by the SEC.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 1.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please answer the following questions – (see notes in Guidelines for Application on how to answer)

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?
 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?
 3. What different activities does your organization carry out?
 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

1. Rappler’s fact-check initiative is rooted in the multilevel process of verification we employ as investigative journalists to ensure that our reports are accurate.

Rappler’s brand of fact-checking sparked public conversations and voter discourse during the May 2016 national elections, when claims made by presidential and vice presidential candidates during live debates were subjected to live verification of facts and context by Rappler’s editors, reporters, and researchers.

We do the same to check claims during the President’s annual State of the Nation Address.

In 2016, Rappler was among the first Philippine news groups to join First Draft, a global network that includes the key tech platforms (Google, Facebook, Twitter), major newsgroups, and academic institutions fighting fake news and disinformation online.

In October 2017, Rappler became a verified signatory to the fact checkers' code of ethics of the International Fact-Checkers Network at Poynter.

As one of the two IFCN verified signatories in the Philippines, we were chosen by Facebook as one of its partners for fact-checking in the Philippines.

Fact-checking by Rappler covers diverse topics such as politics, culture, and international relations. It does not only point out errors of fact or empirical information but also explains the context of the contested items in the news.

Our fact-checking appears prominently in three sections – “Fact Check,” (https://www.rappler.com/section/newsbreak/fact-check) “Rappler IQ” (https://www.rappler.com/section/newsbreak/iq) and “Newsbreak” (https://www.rappler.com/section/newsbreak) but may also be published in appropriate sections within the Rappler website (www.rappler.com).

Rappler's work is aided by its database and archives initially built by Newsbreak, a magazine that published award-winning investigative pieces and long form for a decade until it merged with Rappler in 2012, and MovePH, which is the citizen journalism arm of Rappler.

How Rappler’s fact-checking initiative began can also be found here: https://rappler.com/about/frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project


2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?

There are 14 people who work on Rappler’s fact-check project. Their roles are clustered into the following:

Researchers (4) - Researchers who focus on producing fact-checks, from monitoring and assessing claims to writing the fact-check actual articles.

Social media engagement specialists (2) - Members of our social media team help monitor claims online and publish call-out graphics that encourage our audience to report suspicious claims for fact-checking.

Community engagement specialists (2) - This unit is in charge of initiating and sustaining partnerships with individuals and groups that are interested in supporting the fact-check initiative (e.g. students, teachers, campus publications, school orgs) through various engagement efforts both online and on ground.

Editors (4) - These are senior editors who take turns reviewing, editing, and doing final approval of the fact-checks.

Data scientists / analysts - We also have data scientists & analysts who help consolidate, process, and analyze data gathered in our fact-checking efforts, such as data of public groups and pages on Facebook. They are also in charge of developing monitoring tools the organization uses in fact-checking and research on online disinformation.

Depending on the topic concerned, other Rappler editors and reporters are also pulled in from time to time to review fact-checks based on their respective areas of expertise.


3. What different activities does your organization carry out?

The following are activities carried out by Rappler as part of its fact-checking efforts:

Monitoring - We monitor false and misleading claims found in posts circulating on social media platforms and from statements made by key public officials and other influential personalities.

Crowdsourcing and call-outs - Part of our efforts in monitoring claims to fact-check is constantly posting call-outs on social media which encourage our readers to report dubious posts they find online. They can submit claims for fact-checking via email to factcheck@rappler.com or via Facebook Messenger to @Newsbreak.PH.

Actual fact-check - This is the actual fact-checking work, which includes assessing claims, research work, and writing.

Database building - This involves sustaining, maintaining and expanding Rappler’s database that scans and stores content distributed in public groups and pages on Facebook that are known to be distribution points for falsehoods and propaganda. Currently, we are in the process of using this database to develop as system that can automatically flag content online that are potentially false or misleading.

Research and stories on trends and patterns on misinformation and disinformation - This activity involves publishing stories around our study of online disinformation, fueled by data gathered in the process of our fact-checking efforts. Other than publishing these on Rappler, we also share stories and studies to academic groups, researchers, and other stakeholders who also have initiatives to study disinformation online.

Fact-check webinars and workshops (on ground and online) - The goal of this effort is to involve students, campus journalists, and educators in the Philippines in the push­back against disinformation through workshops and webinars that would help participants understand the critical role that the media plays in democracies and train them on how to fact-­check, flag and report false claims, and help inform others about mis- and disinformation online.

Mentoring and internship program on research and fact-checking - We are also in the middle of implementing a fact-checking mentorship program. As the next step to the fact-checking webinars and other related engagement efforts, the goal of the program is for fact-check advocates to further enhance their knowledge and skills on fact-checking, as SHOWN by being able to produce their own fact-check stories (from monitoring, to assessment, to actual writing), and effectively grow a community of fact-checkers across the country.


4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

In the coming year, Rappler aims to:

In the lead up to the May 2022 elections, collaborate with other news and fact check organizations in the Philippines in monitoring and fact-checking dubious claims about candidates, the electoral process, and other election-related matters.

Continue to improve capacity in fact-checking by (1) developing monitoring systems and reporting mechanisms and (2) automating the process of detecting potential misinformation.

Build a community of fact-checkers and fact-check volunteers in different areas in the Philippines to support the initiative, particularly in preparation for the 2022 elections. This will be done through a series of engagement activities, such as the fact-checking mentorship program, that aim to hone the knowledge and skills of fact-checking advocates and volunteers.

Continue to produce fact-checks in video format to counter mis- and disinformation on video platforms such as YouTube by producing search optimized video versions of fact-checks. The goal is to have these video recommended by YouTube’s algorithm and served to users in order to debunk viral false claims and conspiracy theories that are spreading on the platform.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has an established fact-checking and verification process as part of its news flow, research, social media engagement, and finance generation.  The fact that there are more than a dozen staff members engaged with fact-checking, and its website has several sections using fact-checking as content-form,  show Rappler's seriousness toward the process. Fact-checking is also a way in which the public perceived Rappler's independence. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 1.3
Proof you meet criteria
- The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application.
- For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track.
- Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

We published 407 fact-checks from February to December 2021. A list of all our fact-checks, categorized into topics is attached.

Our published FAQ’s and fact check methodology explains the scope of our fact-checking effort as well as our guide in deciding what content to fact-check. It may be accessed here:

https://www.rappler.com/about/frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/174766-fact-check-methodology

On our fact-check landing page, each fact-check article is also tagged according to topic (e.g. COVID-19 fact checks, fact checks on public officials, fact checks about media, fake quotes, death hoaxes, etc.) See how this is shown here: https://rappler.com/section/newsbreak/fact-check

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Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler published an average of nine fact-checks a week in the eleven months prior to the date of application, or at least a fact-check every day. Rappler is one of the two IFCN verified signatories in the Philippines. Nonetheless it has exceeded the one fact-check a week requirement in countries with at least five verified IFCN signatories. 


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 1.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous three months. No additional information required.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago)

Please refer to October - December tab of the spreadsheet

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Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Since it is already election season in the Philippines, Rappler's COVID-19 fact-checks were less prominent than election related fact-checks in the last three months of 2021. Many of the fact-checks were the claims meant to bolster the candidacy of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Such claims were regarded as a form of historical revisionism because they burnished the dictator's record of human rights abuses, corruption, and plunder. If unchecked, the claims, as disinformation, would have an impact on the choices of voters in the May 2022 elections. Rappler has categorized them as "Marcos fact-check" in the spreadsheet -- their regular occurrences have kept fact-checkers busy.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 1.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship your organization has to the state, politicians or political parties in the country or countries you cover. Also explain funding or support received from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

As an independent news organization, Rappler does not have any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship with the state, politicians or political parties. We have not received funding from the state or political parties in the Philippines or otherwise in the previous financial year. 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has declared that it did not receive funding from state or political parties in 2021.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 1.6
Proof you meet criteria
If you confirmed the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, provide a link to where on your website you set out how you ensure the editorial independence of your work.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has declared that it did not receive funding from local or foreign state or political sources in 2021


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Section 2: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

To be compliant on nonpartisanship and fairness, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 2.1 The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.
  • 2.2 The applicant does not unduly concentrate its fact-checking on any one side, considers the reach and importance of claims it selects to check and publishes a short statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.
  • 2.3 The applicant discloses in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. It also discloses in its fact checks any commercial or other such relationships it has that a member of the public might reasonably conclude could influence the findings of the fact check.
  • 2.4 The applicant is not as an organization affiliated with nor declares or shows support for any party, any politician or political candidate, nor does it advocate for or against any policy positions on any issues save for transparency and accuracy in public debate.
  • 2.5 The applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. Save for the issues of accuracy and transparency, the applicant’s staff do not get involved in advocacy or publicise their views on policy issues the organization might fact check in such a way as might lead a reasonable member of the public to see the organization’s work as biased.

Criteria 2.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please share links to 10 fact checks published over the past year that you believe demonstrate your non-partisanship.
Please briefly explain how the fact checks selected show that (I) you use the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, (II) follow the same essential process for every fact check and (III) let the evidence dictate your conclusions.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

FALSE: Batac church puts up pink lights in support of Leni Robredo’s candidacy

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/batac-church-ilocos-norte-puts-up-pink-lights-support-leni-robredo-candidacy-october-2021&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1640233285449454&usg=AOvVaw1gB74-Fs5CkkFNeFRHV9pF

FALSE: US names Duterte among 12 global anti-corruption champions

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/united-states-names-duterte-among-global-anti-corruption-champions/

FALSE: Bongbong Marcos finally shows evidence of fraud vs Robredo in July 2021

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/bongbong-marcos-reveals-leni-robredo-cheated-2016-elections&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1640233328201267&usg=AOvVaw1mmKosW2JsDwXRA5auyISj

ALTERED PHOTO: Isko Moreno’s T-shirt says, ‘foot spa nation is the solution’

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/isko-moreno-t-shirt-says-foot-spa-nation-is-solution&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1640233330878030&usg=AOvVaw1gAQlZ1KOIN1jeKwr7GVHH

FALSE: 2022 preference survey results from Pulse Asia, SWS, PPCRV, KBP

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/presidential-preference-results-pulse-asia-sws-ppcrv-kbp-2022-elections&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1640233335494390&usg=AOvVaw0UhoQu69RG1VQ8oj0ZRGJK

SATIRE: COA logo incorporates anti-Duterte elements

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/commission-audit-logo-anti-duterte-elements/

MISSING CONTEXT: Robredo committed election violation with 2016 campaign funds

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/robredo-quote-darkness-fishermen/

MISSING CONTEXT: Trillanes sold Philippine territory to China

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/trillanes-sold-philippine-territory-china/

FALSE: Philippines filed case with ICC over West PH Sea in 2010 – Bongbong Marcos

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/bongbong-marcos-says-philippines-filed-case-icc-west-ph-sea-2010/

MISSING CONTEXT: Senior citizens entitled to P6,000 yearly from DSWD

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/senior-citizens-entitled-social-pension-yearly-dswd


In the examples given above, we adopted the same workflow that we follow in all our fact-checks:

A team of researchers does the initial verification process. They check for verifiable details including names, places, dates, numbers, and others. Reporters get looped into the verification process whenever content topics involve their respective beats or areas of expertise. After the facts have been established, the appropriate rating is discussed internally with editors on duty. Within fact-check pieces, we provide readers with as much information as possible to explain how we arrived at a particular conclusion or rating. For content from hoax sites, we also provide additional information on previous content published by such sites which have previously been established as false.

We also get contributions from (1) trained volunteers who graduated from our fact-check mentorship program; (2) participants of our fellowship program; (3) interns. Fact-checks written by these contributors are reviewed by researchers and senior editors before they are published. 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The 10 fact-checks chosen by Rappler have demonstrated its non-partisanship in the choice of topics, the personalities to be fact-checked, and the range of forms (i.e. satire, visual verification). There is clarity in the presentation of fact-checks by stating the claim, the rating, contentious points, and the justification for fact-checking. The latter refers to virality of the claim and  the online interaction it generated. When debunking the claims, Rappler supplied authoritative or verifiable sources.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 2.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you explain how you select claims to check, explaining how you ensure you do not unduly concentrate your fact-checking on any one side, and how you consider the reach and importance of the claims you select to check.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago)

Our published fact check methodology explains the scope of our fact-checking effort as well as the workflow in deciding what to prioritize. It may be accessed here:

https://rappler.com/about/fact-check-methodology

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The link  (https://www.rappler.com/nation/174766-fact-check-methodology/) provided by Rappler explains its fact-checking methodology, non-partisanship, process of fact-checking, and the division of assignments for fact-checking among Rappler's staff.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 2.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago)

Below are sample fact-checks:

Fact-checks on claims critical of the administration:

FALSE: Angat Buhay program provided P.2.3 daily for 155,000 families

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/angat-buhay-program-provided-two-pesos-daily-families-2018/

FALSE: Jobless rate went down to 20% during Duterte’s

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/jobless-rate-went-down-duterte-administration/

MISSING CONTEXT: Duterte policy to make Davao Region ‘last priority’ for infrastructure

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/duterte-policy-make-davao-region-last-priority-infrastructure-sona-2021

CONTEXT: ‘Duterte Legacy’ numbers for SONA 2021

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/context-duterte-legacy-infographic-numbers-sona-2021

FALSE: Duterte removes Gwen Garcia and Isko Moreno from office

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/duterte-proves-pacquiao-paid-university-makati-college-diploma

Fact-checks on claims against the opposition:

FALSE: Pacquiao did not pass any law in 11 years as legislator

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/manny-pacquiao-did-not-pass-any-law-years-as-legislator

MISSING CONTEXT: Pacquiao used fake diploma to become lieutenant colonel

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/pacquiao-became-lieutenant-colonel-using-fake-diploma

FALSE: Christian Monsod apologizes for lapses in 1987 Philippine Constitution

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/christian-monsod-apologizes-lapses-1987-philippine-constitution

MISSING CONTEXT: 1Sambayan removes Isko Moreno from nominees list

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/sambayan-removes-isko-moreno-nominees-list-2022-polls

MISSING CONTEXT: Bongbong to set up foundation, give away ‘Marcos treasure’ if elected president

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/bongbong-marcos-set-up-marcos-foundation-elected-president


Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

I sampled eleven fact-checks, each one falls on the 12th of every month (if there’s none, the next one is selected).Please see below. My observation are:

1. The fact-checks demonstrate Rappler’s independence and impartiality in its choice of claims and issues to be verified.

2. The strength of its methodology lies on research, the organization’s experience in fact-checking, and the availability of volunteers and interns that were trained to verify claims.

3. The fact-checks range various forms (textual, visual, audio) and social media platforms that act as sources or a pool from where the claims are generated.

4 The fact-checks identified the source of disinformation, including its reach, which then justifies verification.

5. Fact-checks were predominantly in English but translation in some Filipino languages are sometimes available.

6. The weak points of some of sampled fact-checks' methodology are their general reliance on media reports and  public and published statements rather than going to original source  if possible, such as the person concerned, or a peer-reviewed journal, in the case of COVID-19 and other science-based claims. These fact-checks were written by interns, volunteers, and mentees of Rappler, and not of their staff writers.

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/myanmar-used-smartmatic-machines-2020-elections/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/lacson-says-makabayan-bloc-members-npa/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/teodoro-locsin-jr-says-leni-robredo-not-essential-not-loss-philippines/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/antonio-carpio-conflicting-statements-panatag-shoal/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/us-national-debt-reached-more-than-30-trillion-dollars/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/pnp-chief-guillermo-eleazar-dismisses-election-candidates-supporting-rebels/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-causes-blood-clots/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/tagaytay-skate-park-achievement-dpwh/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/leni-robredo-won-2016-elections-through-cheating/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/comelec-disqualifies-kabataan-partylist-bayan-muna-november-12-2021/?fbclid=IwAR31Z8Y0qYzkY5cPYr84y5D8_BblfgfyBv0oI0MTwxK1p_aRb7LmPHwYyko

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/hiligaynon-language-robredo-pangilinan-distributed-lugaw-kits/


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 2.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In the eleven fact-checks reviewed (see below), Rappler's presentation shows neutrality over the issues. It does not seem to show advocacy for any cause as seen through the use of formal format of news writing, or the kind of language which avoids expressing sentiments and bias. However, when  directly translating the fact-checks into some Filipino languages, such format does not seem to have full impact. Translated fact-checks could also be delivered in a more active and persuasive manner without slipping into sensationalism.

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/myanmar-used-smartmatic-machines-2020-elections/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/lacson-says-makabayan-bloc-members-npa/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/teodoro-locsin-jr-says-leni-robredo-not-essential-not-loss-philippines/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/antonio-carpio-conflicting-statements-panatag-shoal/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/us-national-debt-reached-more-than-30-trillion-dollars/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/pnp-chief-guillermo-eleazar-dismisses-election-candidates-supporting-rebels/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-causes-blood-clots/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/tagaytay-skate-park-achievement-dpwh/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/leni-robredo-won-2016-elections-through-cheating/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/comelec-disqualifies-kabataan-partylist-bayan-muna-november-12-2021/?fbclid=IwAR31Z8Y0qYzkY5cPYr84y5D8_BblfgfyBv0oI0MTwxK1p_aRb7LmPHwYyko

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/hiligaynon-language-robredo-pangilinan-distributed-lugaw-kits/


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 2.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you publish a statement setting out your policy on non-partisanship for staff and how it ensures the organization meets this criteria.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago)

Rappler’s policy on non-partisanship and conflict of interest can be found in our fact-check project’s FAQ page: https://rappler.com/about/frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

Rappler has a strict policy on conflict of interest. This is not limited to political parties or advocacy organizations. In general, Rappler staff are required to disclose and avoid potential conflicts of interest situations, where loyalty to a person, group or institution could affect their ability to report about them truthfully and independently.

Rappler has a strict policy as well to reject gifts or privileges that could influence the independence of its newsgathering efforts or create public perception of compromised independence.

Staff are also advised to avoid taking part in activities or being part of organizations which could limit or compromise their independence and hurt their integrity.

These principles are enshrined in Rappler's Code of Ethics, which was initiated in 2012 and is updated from time to time as the need arises. The Code of Ethics is annexed to the Code of Conduct which every Rappler employee and contributor signs upon joining the organization.

Link to the Code of Ethics here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/3/folders/1Po1k9EM4e6H8zl5AqPQYe6_TbNjlddea

The Code of Ethics serves as the backbone of a daily operations manual that we maintain and update constantly as the need arises.

Through Move.PH, its civic engagement unit, Rappler works with citizen journalists in communities all over the country. Citizen journalists also sign the Movers’ Code of Ethics. In our workshops, we ask potential volunteers to adopt this code. These Code of Ethics are also signed by interns, trained volunteers, and fellows who contribute to the fact checks.

Link to the Movers’ Code of Ethics here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BARRjy8dgIOBnasbB2_gRJmoZzP-lLlX/view

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has two codes of ethics. The first Code of Ethics is part of its Code of Conduct that each employee or contributor signs upon joining the organization. It is an internal document. (Assessor was not granted access) The second code of ethics is the Mover's Code of Ethics that covers interns, volunteers, citizen journalists and fellows of Rappler. This is a public document. It is a useful guide for Rappler employees, affiliates, interns and volunteers, to navigate ethical issues.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Section 3: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

To be compliant on sources, applicants must meet these four criteria

  • 3.1 The applicant identifies the source of all significant evidence used in their fact checks, providing relevant links where the source is available online, in such a way that users can replicate their work if they wish. In cases where identifying the source would compromise the source’s personal security, the applicant provides as much detail as compatible with the source’s safety.
  • 3.2 The applicant uses the best available primary, not secondary, sources of evidence wherever suitable primary sources are available. Where suitable primary sources are not available, the applicant explains the use of a secondary source.
  • 3.3 The applicant checks all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence save where the one source is the only source relevant on the topic.
  • 3.4 The applicant identifies in its fact checks the relevant interests of the sources it uses where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

Criteria 3.1
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Criteria 3.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In many of the fact-checks below, Rappler used news (local and international), social media posts, and institutional statements are sources to debunk disinformation and false claims. These use of secondary sourceswere  are often found in the fact-checks of Rappler's interns and trainees whose outputs make up the majority of Rappler's monthly fact-checks in 2021. As fact-checks produced by beginners, they are acceptable because they were able to debunk false claims, which is the objective of fact-checking. However Rappler mentorship should enhance the trainees and interns' skills to seek primary sources  (i.e.,persons concerned, peer reviewed materials) when possible. 

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/lumad-word-made-up-cpp-npa-ndf/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/covid-19-vaccines-barcodes-for-life/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/canned-goods-china-contain-flesh-covid-19-victims/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/animal-testing-skipped-covid-19-vaccines/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/duterte-infrastructure-spending-solved-metro-manila-traffic/\

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/covid-19-vaccines-experimental/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/china-releases-list-guidelines-sinovac-covid-19-vaccine/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/filipinos-blood-banks-charge-donations/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/covid-19-vaccines-cause-immune-system-destroy-body/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/nostradamus-prophecy-predicts-bongbong-marcos-rule-2022/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/tarsier-replaces-aquinos-new-500-peso-bill/


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 3.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Criteria 3.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Section 4: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

To be compliant on funding and organization, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 4.1 Applicants that are independent organizations have a page on their website detailing each source of funding accounting for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. This page also sets out the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
  • 4.2 Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.
  • 4.3 A statement on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.
  • 4.4 A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who, according to the organizational structure and play a significant part in its editorial output.
  • 4.5 The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Criteria 4.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please confirm whether you are an ‘independent organization’
or ‘the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization’ and share proof of this organizational status.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Attached as file is Rappler’s certificate of incorporation with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission.

Rappler IQ is a project of Newsbreak, the investigative & research arm of Rappler.

It is maintained primarily by a research unit which independently gathers public-interest imbued data and documents from primary sources for the purpose of storytelling as well as internal and external fact-checking and verification. Given the rise of misinformation and disinformation online, the team actively monitors content that needs fact-checking, and produces fact-check explainer stories.

This is the link to Newsbreak: https://rappler.com/section/newsbreak/

This is the link to Rappler IQ: https://rappler.com/section/newsbreak/iq

This is the link to our fact-check landing page: https://rappler.com/section/newsbreak/fact-check

Our article on frequently asked questions on Rappler’s fact check project lists Rappler’s ownership structure, including actual contributions of investors, the overall revenue of Rappler for 2019, as well as the institutions that fund the fact check project. The article can be viewed through this link: https://rappler.com/about/frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

This page contains the list of members of Rappler’s fact-check team and links to their individual biographies

https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project 

This page links to the profile pages of members of the Rappler team and their individual biographies 

https://rappler.com/about/rappler-team

This page links to Rappler’s contact information. It is accessible through the website’s footer which is visible in all pages.

https://rappler.com/about/contact-us

Files Attached
picture_as_pdf Rappler SEC.pdf (2 MB)
Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has disclosed its legal registration status as a independent organization and that it runs a fact-checking unit as part of its research and investigative arm. In this link https://www.rappler.com/nation/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project/, Rappler provides information about the sources of its fact-checking funds.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 4.2
Proof you meet criteria
If your organization is an “independent organization”, please share a link to the page on your website where you detail your funding and indicate the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
If your organization is “the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization”, please share a link to the statement on your website about your ownership.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Our article on frequently asked questions on Rappler’s fact check project lists Rappler’s ownership structure, including actual contributions of investors, the overall revenue of Rappler for 2019, as well as the institutions that fund the fact check project. The article can be viewed through this link: https://rappler.com/about/frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has disclosed the sources of its funds, including the fact-checking grants, in this link https://www.rappler.com/nation/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project/.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 4.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out your organizational structure, making clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

This page links to the profile pages of members of the Rappler team and their individual biographies

https://rappler.com/about/rappler-team

This page contains the list of members of Rappler’s fact-check team and links to their individual biographies:

https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

Our fact-check methodology page explains the process our fact-checking and editorial team undergoes before publishing a fact-check:

https://www.rappler.com/about/fact-check-methodology 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The public can easily access information on Rappler's editorial members, fact-checkers, and the process/stages of fact-checking, including the methodology, in the following links:

https://www.rappler.com/nation/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/174766-fact-check-methodology/ 


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 4.4
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out the professional biographies of those who play a significant part in your organization’s editorial output.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

This page links to the profile pages of members of the Rappler team and their individual biographies https://rappler.com/about/rappler-team 

This page contains the list of members of Rappler’s fact-check team and links to their individual biographies: https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

Our fact-check methodology page explains the process our fact-checking and editorial team undergoes before publishing a fact-check: https://www.rappler.com/about/fact-check-methodology

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In the link below, Rappler lists the names of its editors and staff working on submitted fact-checks and how they process them before publishing.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project/


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 4.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you encourage users to communicate with your editorial team.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

For each published article, Rappler places this footnote: “ Keep us aware of suspicious Facebook pages, groups, accounts, websites, articles, or photos in your network by contacting us at factcheck@rappler.com.  

The same contact information is on the landing page header. https://www.rappler.com/section/newsbreak/fact-check/

This page is Rappler’s contact information for each department: https://www.rappler.com/nation/1557-contact-us/

The correction page also has the email address that receives feedback regarding corrections

https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/41751-corrections/

The Facebook page of Newsbreak, Rappler’s investigative and research arm, which manages the fact check project has an automated chat service where people can submit content for fact checking. A sample call out is this post: https://www.facebook.com/newsbreak.ph/photos/10158724478773099

In addition, Rappler also regularly publishes call-outs for submissions of dubious content for fact-checking. This is a sample call-out: https://www.facebook.com/310621318958658/posts/4651695234851223 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has a policy of correction( https://www.rappler.com/section/newsbreak/fact-check/) . It also encourages readers to contact them for inaccuracies in their reports and fact-checks. The same link also asked users to submit claims to be fact-checked -- from social media pages and accounts, websites, and media reports.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Section 5: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

To be compliant on methodology, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 5.1 The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.
  • 5.2 The applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims, and where possible explains the reason for choosing the claim to check.
  • 5.3 The applicant sets out in its fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.
  • 5.4 The applicant in its fact checks assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.
  • 5.5 The applicant seeks where possible to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, noting that (I) this is often not possible with online claims, (II) if the person who makes the claim fails to reply in a timely way this should not impede the fact check, (III) if a speaker adds caveats to the claim, the fact-checker should be free to continue with checking the original claim, (IV) fact-checkers may not wish to contact the person who made the claim for safety or other legitimate reasons.
  • 5.6 The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable.

Criteria 5.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to the statement on your website that explains the methodology you use to select, research, write and publish your fact checks.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Fact-checking and verification are ingrained in the news & data gathering and reporting workflow of the entire Rappler newsroom -- not just of the fact check unit.

To ensure that our reports and fact-checks are accurate, we employ internal accountability mechanisms as well as a multilevel process of verification built on the rich experience of our predecessor Newsbreak, an award-winning investigative news organization established in 2001.

To help educate the public on how we fact check, we have an article which details our fact check process and methodology. This is accessible here:

https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/174766-fact-check-methodology

The different categories we use for rating claims are listed and explained in this link:

https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

As a partner in Facebook’s Third Party Fact Checker Program, we have aligned our ratings with ratings prescribed by the program. Facebook’s ratings can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/182222309230722

We also conduct workshops where we explain this methodology and train volunteers how to fact check. 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler's fact-checking methodology can be accessed by the public through this link https://www.rappler.com/nation/174766-fact-check-methodology/. It explains the process of fact-checking, including the research, writing, and publication of the fact-checks.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 5.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 5.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Criteria 5.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 5.5
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Some of Rappler’s fact-checks sampled here are presented in a way that those making the claim need not reply. Judging from the sampled fact-checks below, these could be the reasons: a) the claims came from parody, satirical, or questionable social media accounts or news sites; b) the statements were delivered in public occasions like press conferences; c) the claims can be verified through historical research, and d) the fact-checkers or editorial may have decided not to contact the person who made the claim

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/video-former-president-noynoy-aquino-falling-creek/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/kris-aquino-run-president-if-marcos-runs/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/cctv-footage-woman-lugaw-incident-gunned-down-march-2021/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/joy-belmonte-ensures-angel-locsin-will-pay-community-pantry-mishap/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/mcdonalds-releases-advertisement-vs-jollibee-after-fried-towel-incident/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/abs-cbn-reporter-opposed-duterte-candidacy-press-conference-july-2021/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/bongbong-marcos-reveals-leni-robredo-cheated-2016-elections/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/government-monthly-allowance-mothers-now-approved-august-2021/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/video-pope-francis-speaking-about-end-time-prophecy/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/video-pope-francis-speaking-about-end-time-prophecy/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/unemployment-rate-philippines-1986/

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/marcos-family-owns-millions-tons-gold/ 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 5.6
Proof you meet criteria
Please describe how you encourage users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable. Include links where appropriate. If you do not allow this, explain why.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Readers can submit items to fact check via the email factcheck@rappler.com and by sending chat messages through Facebook messenger to the Facebook page of Newsbreak, our investigative and research unit. Below is the link to Newsbreak’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/newsbreak.ph

These instructions are posted on our Fact Check landing page and on our published Fact Check Methodology page:

https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/174766-fact-check-methodology

It is also reiterated on the Fact Check section landing page and on each fact check piece to encourage people to submit claims for verification.

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check

Sample fact check article which includes the instructions on how to submit

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/233508-false-maritime-law-expert-lied-about-satellite-image-of-recto-bank

In addition, Rappler has a full-time social media & community engagement team that actively engages and gathers feedback regarding our stories real-time through the comments sections, social media, and through email. Suggestions for fact-check coming from our readers are captured by this team which then turns such requests over to the editorial and research teams for review.

The team regularly publishes call outs for items to fact check via our various social media channels. Aside from generic call outs, the team also publishes call outs based on current events. Below are samples of both generic and specific call outs.

Sample of generic call-out

https://www.facebook.com/rapplerdotcom/photos/a.317154781638645/3244354125585348/?type=3&theater

Sample of specific/thematic call-out

https://www.facebook.com/rapplerdotcom/photos/a.317154781638645/3776377512383004/?type=3&theater

We also have a Facebook group where volunteers who participated in our workshops help us find dubious content on social media that may require fact-checking. We also post our fact check call outs in this Facebook group.

This is the link to the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/factsmatterph/.This group also includes representatives of other news organizations we are partnering with for the local collaborative fact check initiative.  

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Through this link, Rappler sets out the claims to be fact-checked and the principles that guide their fact-checking process -- https://www.rappler.com/nation/174766-fact-check-methodology/ In many of its sections and social media platforms,  and at the end of a fact-check story, Rappler encouraged submission of claims to be verified as well as participation in its fact-checking project https://www.rappler.com/moveph/fact-check-webinar-combat-disinformation-2022-polls/ .


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Section 6: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

To be compliant on corrections policy, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 6.1 The applicant has a corrections or complaints policy that is easily visible and accessible on the organization’s website or frequently referenced in broadcasts.
  • 6.2 The policy sets out clear definitions of what it does and does not cover, how major mistakes, especially those requiring revised conclusions of a fact check, are handled, and the fact that some complaints may justify no response. This policy is adhered to scrupulously.
  • 6.3 Where credible evidence is provided that the applicant has made a mistake worthy of correction, the applicant makes a correction openly and transparently, seeking as far as possible to ensure that users of the original see the correction and the corrected version.
  • 6.4 The applicant, if an existing signatory, should either on its corrections/complaints page or on the page where it declares itself an IFCN signatory inform users that if they believe the signatory is violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.
  • 6.5 If the applicant is the fact-checking unit of a media company, it is a requirement of signatory status that the parent media company has and adheres to an open and honest corrections policy.

Criteria 6.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to where you publish on your website your corrections or complaints policy. If you are primarily a broadcaster, please provide evidence you frequently reference your corrections policy in broadcasts.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

In cases where errors are committed, we immediately acknowledge the mistake and issue an erratum directly on the page or platform where the error was published and alert readers and followers on social media of factual errors.

On top of that, we are one of the few newsgroups in the Philippines that maintains an updated Corrections Page, which lists factual errors and systems infractions.

Both the policy and the inventory of all key corrections made since 2012 are published on the corrections page: Corrections. The corrections policy applies to all stories published by Rappler and not just to the Fact Check initiative.

The Corrections page also links to a list of monthly corrections pages which list down corrections for that month. Each monthly corrections page then links to the articles where the corrections were made.

Rappler’s full time community engagement team also scour our comments section and social media channels regularly for feedback on content that require correction.

Correction requests can also be sent via feedback@rappler.com. 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Rappler has a dedicated corrections bulletin or page at https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/41751-corrections/ which lists the corrections made on its stories, not just the fact-checks. Rappler is one of the newsrooms in the Philippines that has a corrections page.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 6.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the corrections policy to verify it meets critera. No additional information needed.

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The links below, which are provided by Rapper, shows the monthly list of corrections on the stories and fact-checks. In making corrections, the editor specifies the information that is corrected or the corrections made. 

https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/corrections-february-2021/ (seven items)

https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/corrections-march-2021/ (three items

https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/corrections-may-2021/. (eleven items) 

 https://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/corrections-november-2021/. (nine items)


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 6.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a short statement about how the policy was adhered to over the previous year (or six months if this is the first application) including evidence of two examples of the responses provided by the applicant to a correction request over the previous year. Where no correction request has been made in the previous year, you must state this in your application, which will be publicly available in the assessment if your application is successful.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago
Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

I concur with the statement of Rappler in this section that they adhered to their corrections policy in 2021. I also went over some of the items listed in their corrections pages, in the months of February, March, May and November, and noted that, as what they have stated, the corrections formed part of the stories, and may occur anywhere in the story, including right at the information being corrected.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 6.4
Proof you meet criteria
If you are an existing signatory, please provide a link to show where on your site you inform users that if they believe you are violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN of this, with a link to the complaints page on the IFCN site.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Rappler’s participation in the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) can be found in our FAQs under the section “Our involvement in the International Fact-Checking Network”

https://www.rappler.com/about/frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project

A link to the complaints page on the IFCN website can also be found in that section of the FAQs page. 

Ma. Diosa Labiste Assessor
20-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

In this page https://www.rappler.com/nation/214420-frequently-asked-questions-fact-check-project/,Rappkler discloses its affiliation with IFCN and its participation in the network which requires its signatories to follow fact-checking principles and standards.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Ma. Diosa Labiste.

Criteria 6.5
Proof you meet criteria
If you are the fact-checking unit of a media company, please provide a link to the parent media company’s honest and open corrections policy and provide evidence that it adheres to this.

Rappler
24-Dec-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

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