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/