StopFake.org

Organization: StopFake.org
Applicant: Alla Radnyuk
Assessor: Oleg Khomenok

Background

StopFake is a long-term signatory of IFCN and works in accordance with high professional standards. It has a transparent methodology and ownership. The editorial team does important and valuable work checking claims, revealing disinformation in the media and social networks, and informing the audience increasing people's media literacy and critical mindset.

Assessment Conclusion

The application of StopFake, web-site, and newsroom are in compliance with all criteria for signatories.

on 27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago)

Oleg Khomenok assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

StopFake є професійним медіа, яке виконує важливу функцію інформування суспільства про  факти маніпулювання та дезінфрмації, та є достойним членом IFCN.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Stopfake.org is the flagship project of non-governmental organization “Media Reforms Center”. The non­-governmental organization “Media Reforms Center” is an educational platform, founded by Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of ‘Kyiv­ Mohyla Academy’, which aims to implement high standards of journalism education in Ukraine, raise the level of media literacy, inform about the danger of propaganda and dissemination of fake information in the media.

You can find the information about this in our website - on “About us” menu:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago)

StopFake had been launched by the Ukrainian NGO "Media Reform Center" (MRC) and fact-checking is a major activity of this NGO. MRC is noticed on the "About us" page clearly stating the status of the organization.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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?

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

1. On March 2, 2014 Kyiv Mohyla Journalism School lecturers, graduates and students along with the KMA Digital Future of Journalism project launched the Stopfake.org factchecking site. Stopfake is a flagship project of the non-governmental organization “Media Reforms Centre” located in Ukraine. Journalists, editors, IT specialists, translators, all those who cared about the future of Ukraine during this dangerous time of the annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine joined the project. Initially the goal of the project was to verify and refute disinformation and propaganda about events in Ukraine being circulated in the media. Eventually the project grew into an information hub where we examine and analyze all aspects of Kremlin propaganda. We not only look at how propaganda influences Ukraine, we also try to investigate how propaganda impacts on other countries and regions, from the European Union to countries which once made up the Soviet Union.

On our website on "About us" menu we explain who we are in details:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


2. 12- part-time employees work for our fact-checking operation (Editor-in-chief;

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Executive Director, 9 fact-checkers)

3- sm manager, technical director and website support team

2 - trainings and project team

11 - editors of the foreign versions of the website


3. StopFake is a network of websites in 13 languages for analyzing disinformation and explaining to the audience the principles of media manipulation, propaganda technologies and fake news.

Stopfake project activities:

Fact checking.

Identifying and refuting fake information about events in Ukraine.

Key area of work for StopFake is verifying facts about events in Ukraine and debunking disinformation that appears in Russian media.

Also, we do fact-check political/social claims and issues, economics/financial claims and issues, health related claims and issues, scientific claims and issues, manipulated user generated photos, manipulated user generated videos.

Trainings on fighting anti-democratic propaganda and disinformation, on fact-checking and information verification

The Stopfake team trains lecturers, journalists, students and civil activists to verify information. Our experts conduct training and workshops on fact checking both in Ukraine and abroad.

Media research

Constantly monitoring Russian propaganda, the StopFake team creates a platform for research on informational influences. In our website we have a section “Research” where we posted media research and also our own analytical investigation.

https://www.stopfake.org/uk/category/doslidzhennya/

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/category/issledovaniya/

https://www.stopfake.org/en/category/research/

Media Literacy

In order to draw the attention of Ukrainian audiences to the problems of media literacy and to encourage more critical consumption and evaluation of the media, we launched an information campaign that includes production and broadcasting of social ads on media literacy in the media.

A national media literacy campaign in partnership with Facebook. (2019 - for now). The content of the campaign was to promote 9 media literacy tips developed by the British FullFact community of fact-checkers https://fullfact.org/toolkit/ on StopFake's Facebook page.

The main activities of StopFake also include:

Weekly 10-minute audio- and video digests (StopFakeNews) in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

It contains information about the fakes that the team exposed during the week, as well as ways to debunk the propaganda. They are distributed via YouTube, as well as many regional TV channels:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/category/video/

https://www.stopfake.org/uk/category/video-uk/

https://www.stopfake.org/en/category/videos/

Stopfake has launched an information project "Clean Brain" ("Чистый мозг"), which introduces a wide audience to the most popular fakes on health and medicine. The aim of the project is to slow down the spread of false information on health and to clarify various harmful information "sensations".

Weekly publications of digests with a selection of important rebuttals

Leading doctors and specialists in the field of healthcare in Ukraine and around the world join the inspection and refutation as experts.

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/chistyj-mozg-ne-daj-nikomu-navredit-tvoemu-zdorovyu-sfn-356/

https://www.stopfake.org/uk/chistij-mozok-dajdzhest-sprostuvan-medichnih-mifiv-1/

Also at the bottom of the site you can click to the link to read our detailed 2020-2021 Report. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


4. StopFake aims to become a leading research and analytical institution, which, synthesizing the world's latest achievements in digital information and communication, will create a new model of digital expertise for the development of Ukrainian society. We also strive to become a platform for public discussion of problems and for communicating the results of our research to stakeholders involved in various information processes.

To achieve this, our strategic model is based on the principle of RTI (Research, Teaching, Informing). RTI priorities are:

● Network connections and digital communication;

● Analysis of destructive communication and roles of influencers;

● Study of the phenomenon of fake news, media manipulations and information operations;

● Information verification tools and technologies for analyzing the distribution of dangerous content;

● Fact-checking, information verification;

● Research of individual and collective behavior on the Internet;

● Methodology for the development of media literacy and work in the field of media education with different target audiences;

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The information provided by StopFake is relevant and is fully answering to the questions of the criteria.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Since 2014 StopFake has published 40-100 fact-checking articles per month on StopFake.org web site.

You can find a list of our fact checks and analytical materials here:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/category/novosti/page/4/

It is also suggested to look at these links:

Factcheck for Facebook: 

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/category/factcheck_for_facebook_ru/page/8/

COVID-19 fact checking:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/category/covid19_ru/page/6/

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

According to the website, FactCheck publishes from 5 to 10 Content pieces daily during the period of last year that I looked through. 


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Most of the publications of FactCheck are focused on the debunking of Russian disinformation and have targeted on a wide audience not only in Ukraine but ti whole world since they publish in a dozen of languages.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Stopfake.org is not supported financially or otherwise by any official Ukrainian organization or government agency. We are a journalists’ organization whose primary goal is to verify information, raise media literacy in Ukraine and establish a clear red line between journalism and propaganda. Our editorial policy is based on international principles of professional ethics in journalism, including the right to true information. Our intentions are to fight disinformation by debunking it and educating people about real news vs fake news and how to build informational resilience: https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

Main approaches to our work are summarized in our EDITORIAL POLICY: https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TS71IGbiciGzauTrZP26h-PhQfVOKBEJ/view

StopFake also has a Supervisory Board - an advisory body, which includes well-known opinion leaders and influencers in education, journalism, communications and the public sector - both from Ukraine and from abroad. The experience and advice of the members of the Supervisory Board will help to make our fact-checking work even more transparent, ideologically balanced and aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the organization. https://www.stopfake.org/uk/stopfake-otrimav-novu-naglyadovu-radu/

No government funding for 2020-2021

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake is independent of the state and political influence. This is stated on the editorial policy.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Garanties of independence of the StopFake work reflected in our Editorial Policy that can be found on our web site https://www.stopfake.org/en/about-us/ (in English)

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/ (in Russian)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TS71IGbiciGzauTrZP26h-PhQfVOKBEJ/view



Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake doesn't have any state funding.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

1. Фейк: В крови вакцинированных от COVID-19 можно обнаружить графен, осколки металла и гельминтов

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-v-krovi-vaktsinirovannyh-ot-covid-19-mozhno-obnaruzhit-grafen-oskolki-metalla-i-gelmintov/

2. Фейк: «Укрзализныця» останавливает все пассажирские поезда с 11 января

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-ukrzaliznytsya-ostanavlivaet-vse-passazhirskie-poezda-s-11-yanvarya/

3. Видеофейк: Кортеж Зеленского попал в массовое ДТП в Карпатах

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/videofejk-kortezh-zelenskogo-popal-v-massovoe-dtp-v-karpatah/

4. Фейк: «Малоизвестные факты» из биографии Степана Бандеры

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-maloizvestnye-fakty-iz-biografii-stepana-bandery/

5. Фейк: Украинцы с 1 января не смогут пользоваться мобильными телефонами

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-ukraintsy-s-1-yanvarya-ne-smogut-polzovatsya-mobilnymi-telefonami/

6. Фейк: Поддержавшая Майдан поэтесса выехала из Украины

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-podderzhavshaya-majdan-poetessa-vyehala-iz-ukrainy/

7. Фейк: В Украине правительство наказывает экономящих газ граждан

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-v-ukraine-pravitelstvo-nakazyvaet-ekonomyashhih-gaz-grazhdan/

8. Фейк: Украинцы, получившие тысячу гривен за вакцинацию, должны подать декларацию о доходах

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-ukraintsy-poluchivshie-tysyachu-griven-za-vaktsinatsiyu-dolzhny-podat-deklaratsiyu-o-dohodah/

9. Фотофейк: Жители Львова «радостно приветствуют» «освободителей»

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fotofejk-zhiteli-lvova-radostno-privetstvuyut-osvoboditelej/

10. Фейк: Мигранты атакуют границу на Черниговщине

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-migranty-atakuyut-granitsu-na-chernigovshhine/

Verification of information should be based on non-biased debunking with usage of information from open sources (information from official websites – institutions and organizations, statistical data from official bodies and sociological research groups; comments from leading experts, officials and international experts). Special tools for verification photos and videos are useful here as well.

Presented fact-checks are showing the same principles that StopFake is using in its materials, - to use all significant evidence, provide relevant links to all sources of evidence, to add comments of experts in topics where clarification is needed.

For example, the debunking of the fake post in social media that graphene, metal fragments and helminths can be found in the blood of those vaccinated against COVID-19 StopFake used comments of the biologist Olesenko Anna and all other evidence about safety of vaccines against COVID-19 that could be find in open sources. The same principle was used in the debunking of the story that in Ukraine the government allegedly punishes citizens who save gas. Here we used comments of expert on communal services Oleg Golubenko and member of the National Commission for State Regulation in the Sphere of Energy and Utilities Olga Babiy

Fake story about «Ukrainian railways» that allegedly stops all passenger trains from January 11 has been refuted by using official comments from representatives of «Ukrtransbezopasnost», and we also asked for a personal comment to clarify the information for the debunking.

The debunking of the fake story that president Zelensky's motorcade got into a mass accident in the Carpathians included both the use of video and image verification tools and the request for a personal comment from the author of the video.

In fakes related to history, we are trying to use not only open sources, but also the comments of historians who specialize in the period about which false information is being disseminated. For example, in the debunking of fakes dedicated to one of the leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists Stepan Bandera we were using comments of the Dean of the Faculty of History of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Doctor of Historical Sciences Ivan Patrylyak and researcher at the National Museum-Memorial of the Victims of the Occupation Regimes «Prison on Lontskogo», Doctor of Humanities, Olesya Isayuk. We used the same principle in debunking the claim about the photo that allegedly shows how residents of Lviv «joyfully greet» the «liberators». In the photo, a man kissed the hand of a Nazi soldier. Verification of photos with open source tools and comments of historians helped us to prove that this story is mistakenly attributed to Lviv residents.

In their work all StopFake fact-checkers follow the methodology, which is available at:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YmXwQFA_ewwjkv0tYsH5J-kK-Oex-qhm/view (in Russian)

https://drive.google.com/file/u/1/d/1BTwVSDx32jB-OTi0DtF-vCIkasdUvsGi/view (in English)



Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Stopfake works on the high professional level, checking and verifying the publications of the content published by the media debunking fakes, and revealing the truth regardless of who made the claim or published the content that is checked.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

In order to identify false or questionable information, our team members conduct regular monitoring of messages from mainly traditional and online media but also occasionally from social networks.

The fakes that Stopfake checks and refutes traditionally mostly relate to, but are not limited to Russian disinformation. Information subject to fact checking may include, but is not limited to television or radio stories, publications in the media or on the sites that are not officially registered media, posts on social networks in certain thematic groups, made by both well-known bloggers and regular users.

We do not unduly concentrate our fact-checking on any one side, we do fact checking and verification information according to StopFake methodology: https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The system of selection of the claims for fact-checking is described in the methodology that is published on the website.

In practice after the content of FactCheck analysis, it is evident that they select a variety of topics to be checked.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Analysis of the content had proven that FactCheck is keeping balance in the publication and giving a clear understanding of the source role and possible conflict of interest so the audience can consider the relevance and accuracy of the information.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

I found no evidence of support of the state or any political force or party from the side of FactCheck. 


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake fact- checkers subscribe to Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists (known as “Bordeaux Declaration”) and use it as a guideline for their activities

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16D2z8uIPe3O6hsK845XGH3CSvFXX3WK0/view


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

FactCheck EThics policy is published on the site and sets high professional standards of Journalism.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake provides a detailed explanation about the methodology, tools, techniques used for fact-checking including links to the sourcesso any read can replicate the process.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Most of the publications that were analyzed are based on primary sources of information.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

FactCheck is using multiple sources while verifying information to make sure that publication is accurate and all facts are proven.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Analysis of the content had proven that FactCheck is keeping balance in the publication and giving a clear understanding of the source role and possible conflict of interest so the audience can consider the relevance and accuracy of the information.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake is a fact-checking project of a Ukrainian non-government organization “Media Reforms Center”

https://youcontrol.com.ua/contractor/?id=19590323


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The legal form of the organization that proves its independence is posted on https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/ 

The list of donors is posted at the site. There is information about the amount of money that Stopfake got from donors during a year published at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uSptLPRmSnOrMbsBZMrG_iVbEnLpVnaA/view


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Please see this information on our web-site - “About us”

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The information that proves compliance the criteria is published on https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/ 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Please read about the organizational structure on the website "About us" menu - "The Stopfake team":

 https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake has an organizational structure making clear the management system and it is published here.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

"The Stopfake team" and bios read on the website "About us" menu: 

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

All bios of key personnel are published on the site https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/  


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

If readers spot somewhere in media information they suspect might be a fake, they can send us this information for a “truth autopsy” by e-mail. StopFake e-mail address can be found at "About us" page. Another easy way to contact us - to use a form - "Report fake" or send a message to our accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and Youtube channel: 

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake site and Social media profiles have a number of ways for readers to communicate with the newsroom including the form "Report fake", mailing service, comments, and messagess. 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We have our methodology on our website in the “About us” menu. Please click to the button: 

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YmXwQFA_ewwjkv0tYsH5J-kK-Oex-qhm/view


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The methodology is published on https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/ as well as on the Google Drive.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Explanation of why and how claims are selected in on and also is present in some publications.https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/ 


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The balance and neutrality as well as publishing facts, that prove or undermine the claim, are presented in the StopFake publications.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

For all assessed publications, it is evident that the same standards and methodology had been applied.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

According to the stories analyzed, StopFake always, if possible, is trying to give the right to respond to those who made a claim. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We do have a button 'Report fake' on the website, also we use social media engagement instruments and invite our TV audience (Ukrainian/Russian/English TV shows) to reach out to us and report fakes:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/category/video/

https://www.stopfake.org/uk/category/video-uk/

https://www.stopfake.org/en/category/videos/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake site and Social media profiles have a number of ways for readers to communicate with the newsroom including the form "Report fake", mailing service, comments, and messages. On the page https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/  there is an explanation of the claims considering procedure.                                                                                                          


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Our audience can always contact us by sending a letter to our e-mail address - stopfake.corrections@gmail.com, clearly indicating the link to the publication, the title of the article, the category (for example, "News") and briefly describing the problem. At the same time they have the possibility to contact us by leaving comments on our accounts in social networks. Also, when Facebook users receive a notification from us that they spread inaccurate information, they automatically have a feedback form where they can contact us, dispute our fact-check.

Our correction policy can be found here:

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Iq6IcF8fdYrfxn0wPe_jVoGFY9eqacng/view


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

StopFake has a clear correction policy that is published on the site as well as several channels to receive complaints.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

THe correction policy meets the criteria and standards of IFCN signatory.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Through our email for correction requests, we receive about 20 letters per month with a request to remove the rating from Facebook publications. In all cases, users agreed with our debunkings and rewrote their publications in accordance with our fact-checking materials. At the same time, our readers can report to us about any inaccuracies in the materials which we correct immediately after the request. For example, one of our users pointed out that in the material about the shelling of a kindergarten in Luhansk region, instead of the phrase "non-government-controlled territory", we mistakenly used "controlled territory". We changed that immediately. Also, due to technical problems, some social media posts were mistakenly rated by our fact checks. We have resolved this issue with service support of Facebook and fixed this problem.

https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

Please click to the button on our website - “Corrections policy” (“About us”):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Iq6IcF8fdYrfxn0wPe_jVoGFY9eqacng/view


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Due to high professional standards of preparing of the publication, no examples of corrections had been found in the assessed stories.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We inform users that we are a signatory of The International Fact-checking Network (IFCN) and follow The Code of Principles on the page “About us”: https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
27-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

This information is published on the site.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

StopFake.org
21-Feb-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

N/A