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The principles of with integrity, independence, and freedom from bias guide all journalism at Reuters. We approach social media fact-checking work in the same manner.
Our choice of material to fact check is broad, and is selected based on the following criteria:
Editorial value: is there is a story to be told?
Reach: how far has the claim travelled?
Potential reach: is the information likely to be shared further?
Balance of fact vs opinion: is it possible to isolate certain claims from the material?
After we have identified the content we aim to fact-check, we will first identify and summarize the key claims relating to the material.
We will then seek to uncover the foundations of those claims and make an assessment as to whether those claims are true, false, partially true/false, or other – such as opinion and satire. Our approach will consider both the SOURCE and the CONTENT:
SOURCE: We aim to identify the primary source of the claim or content as posted on social media, speak to them directly wherever possible and obtain supporting evidence regarding the claim.
CONTENT: We will seek out information that corroborates the claims made in the content. If no corroborating material is available, we will look for details within the content and attempt to contact witnesses or other associated parties who may provide information. We will also consult regional and subject experts to gather their assessment of the content, in order to build up a case of evidence.
A detailed examination of our social media verification approach is available in the final chapter of this Reuters e-learning course on the topic of manipulated media: https://www.reuters.com/manipulatedmedia