The Center’s fact checking operation is based on the principles of openness, transparency, rigor and accountability. All fact checks are built on verified material. Our fact checking process follows a rigorous review methodology. The daily fact checking items are selected at the fact checking meeting. The fact checked report should be reviewed by at least three fact checking personnel before its publication. When fact checking is complete, the "partial errors" ruling means that the content of the information is partially correct, but it contains some errors, missing, or misplaced context. Information ruled as "errors" means that the main content of the information is completely incorrect or misleading. In other words, the criteria for "partial errors" and "errors" are based on the proportion of correctness or incorrectness to the main content of the information fact checked. If the main argument is false, it is ruled as “errors". If the main argument is partially false or partially correct, it is ruled as "partial errors." You can find more about our fact-checking guidelines through the link: https://tfc-taiwan.org.tw/node/71
The topics of fake news, either under media coverage or online rumors, verified by the Center cover a wide range of public interest themes, including health care, environmental ecology, educational debates, gender issues, business activities, and government policies. On political issues, the subjects of fact checking are selected across different ideological positions. The Center strives to give each position equal attention even though the Center does not attempt to set an absolute balance in terms of numbers of items fact checked among the varied positions. To avoid a significant imbalance, besides reviewing subjects during the initial selection process, the Center continuously monitors the statistics of the fact checked cases involving political affairs among various positions in the weekly meetings. Here are the links to ten fact checked reports published by the Center:
Please refer to the attached English translation of the Taiwan FactCheck Center Operational Guidelines.