Stopfake.org

Organization: StopFake.org
Applicant: Alla Radnyuk
Assessor: Oleg Khomenok
Conclusion and recommendations
on 07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago)

Oleg Khomenok wrote:

StopFake is recommended to be accepted with edits.

Three suggestions:

1) Put the relationship with Media Reform Center on the site so it will be clear which NGO is behind the site.

2) Publish annual revenue breaking by donors and major spending itemisation.

3) Publish 2018 and 2019 annual reports online.

 

on 07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago)

Oleg Khomenok recommended Accept


Section 1: Organization

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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

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 fact checking site. Stopfake is a flagship project of the non­governmental organization “Media Reforms Center” 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. In our website on "About us" menu we explaine who we are in details: https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/; Also at the bottom of the site you can click to the link to read our detailed 2016-2017 Report.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago)

StopFake is run by Ukrainian NGO "Media Reform Center" (MRC) and fact-checking is major activity of this NGO. Yet the MRC is not noticed in the About us page and on the other pages of the site.



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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The site has extended archive and there are 3-4 stories per week published.


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Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-ukrainskij-samolet-sbili-iz-za-iranskih-fizikov-yadershhikov-na-bortu/

2. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-ssha-ne-predostavila-sputnikovye-snimki-sledstviyu-po-delu-mh17/

3. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/ogoltelaya-propaganda-top-10-samyh-nelepyh-fejkov-telekanala-zvezda/

4. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-rossiya-vernula-ukraine-voennye-korabli-po-svoej-dobroj-voli/

5. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-ukraina-otkazalis-ot-minskih-soglashenij-i-gotovit-okkupatsiyu-donbassa/

6. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-v-ukrainu-vozvrashhaetsya-fashizm/

7. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-naftogaz-sryvaet-peregovory-s-gazpromom-i-shantazhiruet-rossiyu/

8. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-parlament-niderlandov-trebuet-priznat-vinu-ukrainy-v-krushenii-mh17/

9. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-ukraina-prevratit-zemlyu-v-tovar-i-prodast-ee-v-obmen-na-ocherednoj-milliard-ot-mvf/

10. https://www.stopfake.org/ru/manipulyatsiya-v-ukraine-vooruzhayut-babushek-pulemetami-chtoby-zashhititsya-ot-rossii/

The StopFake team was among the first to adapt the already existing fact-checking principles to tackle disinformation and build resilience against disinformation through what we call MAD (monitoring, archiving and debunking). In the last 5 years StopFake has accumulated a wealth of experience, collecting examples of Russian disinformation, mapping the distribution ecosystem of disinformation and its impact on Ukrainian audiences.

 We selected 'fake news' coming from Russian mainstream media as a main focus for our fact-checking activity. 

According to the UNESCO definition, 'news' means' verifiable information in the public interest, and information that does not meet these standards does not deserve the label of news. In this sense then, 'fake news' is an oxymoron which lends itself to undermining the credibility of information that does indeed meet the threshold of verifiability and public interest - i.e. real news.

In order to internationalize our efforts 2016 Stopfake.org joined First Draft as a Core Partner. First Draft is a global network of media organizations that are collaborating to improve the quality of online journalism.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Stopfake checks and verifies the publications of the stories published by Russian or pro-Russian media debunking fakes and revealing the truth.


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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

As a project created by the Mohyla School of Journalism at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy - the leading journalism education institution in Ukraine, we operate as an independent non-partisan project that is not currently affiliated with the Ukrainian government or any other government. Our editorial policy is based on international principles of professional ethics in journalism, including the right to true information. Our intentions are to fight Russian 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/

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Neither StopFake nor MRC never been involved in political campaign or elections.


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Section 3: Transparency of Sources

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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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. Signs of false content: emotional coverage; no hard facts or data used; one-sided coverage, lack of balance of opinions; lack of supportive evidence, no references to real witnesses or credible sources, absence of photo- or video evidence; a questionable outlet(s) that disseminates information; the anonymity or questionable authorship of the story published; signs of digital manipulation of visual content (photos, videos).

Information is verified by: searching for confirmation in open sources; looking for possible witnesses; requesting clarification from officials (where suitable); inquiring experts in highly specialized topics that might be manipulated (medicine, finances, technology, science, etc.); analyzing platforms where material in question is published (sites, accounts on social networks – when created, by whom, who finances it); researching information about author(s) of publication; analyzing photo and video if available.

After all related facts have been verified, opinions from mentioned institutions, officials, external experts and testimonies from witness(s) received, an examination of photo and video content performed, StopFake comes up with a verdict. Depending on results received, StopFake gives two types of verdict – “Fake’ or “Manipulation”. Everyone can find Stopfake methodology on our website: https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

StopFake provides detailed explanation about the methodology, tools, techniques and sources used for fact-checking so any read can replicate the process.


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Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The list of donors with logos is posted at the site. AT the same time there is no information about the amount of money that Stopfake got from donors during a year. Detailed information about speeding also is not presented on the site.

The suggestion is: publish annual revenue breaking by donors and major spending itemisation. 


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

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

All key authors and staff members are listed with their bios and photos.


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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In "About us" menu you can find our e-mail address for conection. Also under the language icons on the site you can find a form - "Report a fake" - https://www.stopfake.org/en/about-us/. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Report fake button is located on the front page as well as the contact information is at the About us page.


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Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Here is our methodology:https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/

Here is an example of fact-checking article: https://www.stopfake.org/ru/fejk-na-donbasse-poyavilis-krovavye-kanadskie-naemniki/ 


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The methodology is described on the About us section of the site.


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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Integrity is important for us. So when we publish an error, we acknowledge it and correct it at the moment, both online and on social media. Readers can email us about possible mistakes at stopfake.corrections@gmail.com. Also readers can write us their comments, claims or suggestions through the form on the website "Report a Fake": https://www.stopfake.org/ru/o-nas/. If our readers spot fake information, they can send it to us for a truth autopsy at fakestopteam@gmail.com (This info is on the column "About us")

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

There is a button calling for action aaa well as e-mail for complaints.


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Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The position of "Corrections Policy" is absolutely public on the site of Stopfake in direction "About us":

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



Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Correction policy is clearly explained at he web-site and easy to get by the site users.


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

StopFake.org
29-Jan-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Stopfake project has no any experience of correction correspondence

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
07-Feb-2020 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Stopfake works professionally so they didn't get any complaints on the content they had published by now.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Oleg Khomenok.