We follow established online journalism norms by providing all links to sources, images and we embed social media sources or videos besides providing the screen shots in our fact-checking process. Here's how we ensure it:
For sourcing, Digiteye India team keeps a constant tab on social and mainstream media for incorrect or tweaked information or news to mislead people. The main criteria for fact-checking a story is its potential damage and reach, if left unchecked. However, WE REFRAIN FROM TRIVIAL ENTERTAINMENT OR SATIRE-BASED STORIES for fact-checking.
We take up political, social and religious claims and criticisms made by leaders, politicians and political parties, institutions and officials for fact-checking. Monitoring provocative hashtags on social media to influence public opinion takes centre-stage for fact checking, especially in the current election year.
Over a period, we have compiled a list of social media suspects on Facebook Pages, websites and Twitter accounts, which we follow constantly check. Based on our team expertise and capacity, we prioritize the number of fact checks we take up daily.
We strive to provide all the links to debunk the claims made, thus, enabling our readers to verify the information for themselves. Whenever we find the information insufficient, we refrain from passing on any conclusive judgment and make it clear.
We encourage our readers to send us messages and claims that may have raised their eyebrows and need to be fact-checked. We have provided a contact form on every story for the purpose. In addition, we have an exclusive WhatsApp hotline number (7483881081) where readers can send us links to messages that are being shared on the social media.
We follow globally acknowledged tools of verification for fact-checking such as Google search, Google Reverse Image Search, InVid Verification tool, video inspection tools, Google Earth and Google Maps. Depending on the story, we use multiple tools of fact-checking and explain the process for our readers, so they can replicate the fact-checking and also be aware of such false information in the future.
All our articles follow three major components -- source, methodology and rating. Under source, we clearly state where the narrative has been published and explain the need to fact-check. Under methodology, we apply the tools of fact checking such as Google Reverse Image search or video clipping among others to disprove it or authenticate it as true, depending upon the fact checking results.
Rating is another essential part of our stories to enable our readers to see that not every claim we fact checked is false but there is a degree of difference. For this purpose, we have introduced a rating system using question marks for each fact-checked story.
To enable our readers to easily fact check themselves, we have ensured that all the links of images, tweets, web pages and messages are provided and also stored in online archive www.archive.is. Even if we fail to prove or disprove a claim, we say it openly. We update stories whenever we get more evidence and re-publish them and duly share it on our social media platforms, besides publishing changes on our Corrections Page ( https://digiteye.in/corrections ).