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Telugupost.com

Organization: Telugupost.com
Applicant: Satya Priya BN
Assessor: Surekha Deepak

Background

Telugupost has a fact-check unit is an independent unit of Telugu Post's news wing. It is a legally registered organisation under Truth serum media private limited.

The fact checks cover a range of topics the fact checks are not limited to one side of the political spectrum. They follow the same process for all claims they fact check

Assessment Conclusion

The signatory has compiled most of the criteria and can be accepted.

They have published more than the required number of fact checks required for compliance. Most of the stories they debunk have a recognisable impact. They have a clear non partisanship policy. There is no evidence of any political influence on the stories selected or the way in which they are written. Sources are linked and referenced. The fact checks are replicable.

The fact checks cover a variety of subjects. The fact checks cover a range of topics the fact checks are not limited to one side of the political spectrum. They follow the same process for all claims they fact check. There is no evidence of partisanship. 

They are funded by their founders and the information is clearly stated on the website. About 90 per cent of funding for Telugupost operations comes as investments by the promoters and 10 per cent in the form of advertising revenue from news aggregators and private advertisers. All claims are checked using similar standards.

The applicant provides links to the relevant sources.

They primarily use digital sources in some cases they also use primary sources in the process of fact checking. Sources are linked and referenced. The fact checks are replicable

The website clearly shows the ownership. The organizational structure is clearly mentioned on the website. They use the same standards across all fact checks they publish.

The corrections policy is clearly listed on the website. 

on 20-Feb-2023 (1 year ago)

Surekha Deepak assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

తెలుగుపోస్ట్ కు ఫ్యాక్ట్ చెక్ యూనిట్ తెలుగు పోస్ట్ న్యూస్ వింగ్ లో ఒక స్వతంత్ర విభాగం. ట్రూత్ సీరమ్ మీడియా ప్రైవేట్ లిమిటెడ్ కింద చట్టబద్ధంగా రిజిస్టర్ అయిన సంస్థ ఇది. ఫ్యాక్ట్ చెక్ లు అనేక అంశాలను కవర్ చేస్తాయి, ఫ్యాక్ట్ చెక్ లు రాజకీయ స్పెక్ట్రమ్ యొక్క ఒక వైపుకు మాత్రమే పరిమితం కావు. వారు నిజనిర్ధారణ చేసే అన్ని క్లెయిమ్ లకు వారు ఒకే ప్రక్రియను అనుసరిస్తారు

సంతకం చేసిన వ్యక్తి చాలా ప్రమాణాలను సంకలనం చేశాడు మరియు ఆమోదించవచ్చు. పాటించడానికి అవసరమైన దానికంటే ఎక్కువ వాస్తవ తనిఖీలను వారు ప్రచురించారు. వారు కొట్టిపారేసే కథల్లో చాలావరకు గుర్తించదగిన ప్రభావాన్ని చూపుతాయి. వారికి స్పష్టమైన పక్షపాత రహిత విధానం ఉంది. ఎంపిక చేసిన కథల మీద కానీ, వాటిని రాసే విధానం మీద కానీ రాజకీయ ప్రభావం ఉన్నట్లు ఆధారాలు లేవు. మూలాలు లింక్ చేయబడతాయి మరియు సూచించబడతాయి. ఫ్యాక్ట్ చెక్ లు ప్రతిరూపంగా ఉంటాయి. ఫ్యాక్ట్ చెక్ లు వివిధ అంశాలను కవర్ చేస్తాయి. ఫ్యాక్ట్ చెక్ లు అనేక అంశాలను కవర్ చేస్తాయి, ఫ్యాక్ట్ చెక్ లు రాజకీయ స్పెక్ట్రమ్ యొక్క ఒక వైపుకు మాత్రమే పరిమితం కావు. వారు నిజనిర్ధారణ చేసే అన్ని క్లెయిమ్లకు ఒకే ప్రక్రియను అనుసరిస్తారు. పక్షపాతం ఉన్నట్లు ఆధారాలు లేవు.

వాటికి వాటి వ్యవస్థాపకులు నిధులు సమకూరుస్తున్నారు మరియు వెబ్సైట్లో సమాచారం స్పష్టంగా పేర్కొనబడింది. తెలుగుపోస్ట్ కార్యకలాపాలకు 90 శాతం నిధులు ప్రమోటర్ల పెట్టుబడులుగా, 10 శాతం న్యూస్ అగ్రిగేటర్లు, ప్రైవేట్ అడ్వర్టైజర్ల నుంచి ప్రకటనల రూపంలో వస్తున్నాయి. అన్ని క్లెయిమ్ లు ఒకే విధమైన ప్రమాణాలను ఉపయోగించి తనిఖీ చేయబడతాయి.

దరఖాస్తుదారుడు సంబంధిత వనరులకు లింకులు ఇస్తాడు. వారు ప్రధానంగా డిజిటల్ వనరులను కొన్ని సందర్భాల్లో ఉపయోగిస్తారు, వాస్తవ తనిఖీ ప్రక్రియలో వారు ప్రాధమిక వనరులను కూడా ఉపయోగిస్తారు. మూలాలు లింక్ చేయబడతాయి మరియు సూచించబడతాయి. వాస్తవ తనిఖీలు ప్రతిరూపాలు వెబ్సైట్ యాజమాన్యాన్ని స్పష్టంగా చూపిస్తుంది. సంస్థాగత నిర్మాణాన్ని వెబ్ సైట్ లో స్పష్టంగా పేర్కొన్నారు. వారు ప్రచురించే అన్ని వాస్తవ తనిఖీలలో ఒకే ప్రమాణాలను ఉపయోగిస్తారు. దిద్దుబాట్ల విధానం వెబ్సైట్లో స్పష్టంగా ఉంది.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost is a digital-only media published by Truth Serum Media Private Limited, based in India.  Truth Serum Media Private Limited is a legal company incorporated on September 30, 2021, with the Registrar of Companies Hyderabad of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in India. www.telugupost.com started operations in 2017 and was run by the Indian independent senior journalist Srinivasa Ravi Batchali till 2021. Ravi Srinivas and others promoted the registered legal entity Truth serum media private limited with the Corporate Identification Number U22210TG2021PTC155468 of ROC Hyderabad MCA India.

As a digital media platform, Telugupost is deeply committed to publishing news and in-depth analysis of contemporary issues of public interest. The team is firmly committed to reporting news unbiasedly as it happens and shows the utmost respect for democratic values, privacy, and dignity of citizens while reporting. We have a committed and well-established fact-check unit that fact-checks the claims of Disinformation and Misinformation online. The fact check Unit is independent of Telugu Post's news wing.

Details and certificate of legal status can be found on our about us page. Also, the certificate of legal status is enclosed.

https://www.telugupost.com/about-us 

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Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost has a fact-check unit is an independent unit of Telugu Post's news wing.It is a legally registered organisation under Truth serum media private limited.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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?

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?

Fact-checking unit in Telugupost completed one year of operations on 20 November 2022. We first started fact-checking in the Telugu language(the fourth most widely spoken language in India after Hindi, Bengali and Marathi) on 20 November 2021.  Later we started fact-checking in the English language on 14 May 2022 to debunk the disinformation and misinformation and to reach growing English-speaking readers across India and elsewhere in the world. At present, in Telugu states in India, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, only two media organizations are debunking disinformation/misinformation, but the spread of dis/misinformation in different forms is growing exponentially, particularly during and post-COVID-19. As verification before publication is our core news value, we created a fact check unit more than a year ago. We debunk the claims and publish fact checks in categories mostly politics, health, science, viral, climate change and social issues.

2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization, and what are their roles?

Five staffers are working in the fact-checking team in English and Telugu languages. An experienced fact-checker leads the team, Satya Priya BN, who earlier worked with NewsMeter.in. She not only debunks the claims and writes fact checks but also supervises other fact checkers such as Misha Rajini, Sabya Singh, and Sachin Sabarish, who does fact checking work. The team also consists of fact-check contributors as well as a fact check-editor who edits the fact check copies. Additionally, a video editor, and a graphic designer are also part of the team.

3. What different activities does your organization carry out?

Telugupost(Truth Serum Media Private Limited) is a digital-only news media platform providing the latest news in both Telugu states. We provide conventional news stories as well as in-depth stories highlighting the public issues of States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in India.

4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

We aspire to increase the team size in order to fact-check and publish more claims in both English and Telugu languages. We are working on stepping up our fact check work with specific focus areas like Health, Science and Climate Change. We also plan to form fact-check clubs involving various media students in journalism colleges to train them in basic fact checking skills. There is a likelihood of a surge of disinformation and misinformation in India ahead of the 2023 Telangana elections and the 2024 General Elections in India. We are planning to do more fact checks to debunk online Disinformation and Misinformation in the coming two years.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

1.The Fact-checking unit of Telugupost was started in November 2022 catering to the Telugu speaking states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. They have started the English version more recently.

They started Telugupost fact check to counter the spread of dis/misinformation about COVID. The fact check unit publishes fact checks in categories mostly politics, health, science, viral, climate change and social issues.

2. Five staffers are working in the fact-checking team in English and Telugu languages. They have a fact check lead, a sub editor and 3 others in the fact checking team. Their biographies are clearly listed out on the website. 3.Here they list out the activities of the parent organization not of the fact checking unit. 4. They plan to increase the team in order to fact-check and publish more claims in both English and Telugu languages. We are working on stepping up our fact check work with specific focus areas like Health, Science and Climate Change.

They are preparing for a surge of disinformation and misinformation in India ahead of the 2023 Telangana elections and the 2024 General Elections in India. They are also planning to do more fact checks to debunk online Disinformation and Misinformation.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost started fact-checking in the Telugu language on 20 November 2021, which is more than a year now and has published 185 factchecks till December 23, 2022. On average, we published 3 fact checks in Telugu per week in the past year.

We started fact-checking in the English language in May 2022 and published more than 144 fact-checks till 23 December 2022. On average, we have published 4 fact checks in English per week since then.

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has published more than the required number of fact checks.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant complies with this requirement. The stories they choose to debunk are important and have an impact on the well being of society


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost (Truth Serum Media Private Limited) has no commercial, financial, or institutional relationship with the state, politicians or political parties in India or Telugu States or elsewhere in the world. We haven't received any funding or support from foreign or local state or political actors in the previous financial year or at any point in time.

Telugupost(TurthSerum Media Private Limited) is Promoted and funded by Srinivas Ravi Batchali and Malla Reddy Buthukuri. About 90 per cent of funding for Telugupost operations comes as investments by the promoters and 10 per cent in the form of ad revenue from news aggregators and private advertisers. None of these aggregators or advertisers has a role in either editorial policy or fact-checking of Telgupost. We have an independent fact-check team. Editorial and fact check are two separate units. 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There does not seem to be any evidence of political influence on the stories selected or the way in which they are written. Stories from all sides of the spectrum are covered.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We haven't received any funding from State or government or political sources and there is no relationship with these actors

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They are funded by their founders and the information is clearly stated on the website. About 90 per cent of funding for Telugupost operations comes as investments by the promoters and 10 per cent in the form of ad revenue from news aggregators and private advertisers.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost is committed to a ‘no influencers policy’ and does not allow any external or internal biases to influence the editorial or fact-check output. All our stories follow the same pattern and follow journalistic ethics. We prioritize in fact checking the viral claims that, if spread might cause considerable damage to society.

We try and explain the research process, using which we found the results, in layman’s words so that readers can reciprocate them and get the same results themselves.

Here are some fact-check links:


English Fact Check links:

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/bjps-tweet-on-raga-not-visiting-any-hindu-temple-in-kerala-is-misleading-1452362

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/video-claiming-dmk-govt-targeting-hindu-temples-in-tamil-nadu-is-misleading-1448640

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/nadda-did-not-write-any-letter-to-rajgopal-reddy-about-meeting-kcr-1446568

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/karne-prabhakar-not-joining-bjp-did-not-meet-etala-1446652

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/viral-image-of-gold-coin-distribution-by-bjp-candidate-in-munugode-is-false-1446464

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/police-personnel-not-working-at-kcrs-farmhouse-1445342

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/viral-video-of-modis-public-meeting-in-modhera-makes-false-claims-1443142

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/rahul-gandhi-says-that-he-spoke-to-mahatma-gandhi-1434489

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/narendra-modi-helped-his-siblings-and-relatives-get-their-own-businesses-and-government-jobs-1435213

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/murmu-and-former-president-kovind-perform-puja-in-baidyanath-temple-1381100

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/viral-image-show-bjp-leaders-partying-in-goa-1380069

https://www.telugupost.com/english-factcheck/viral-photo-of-pawan-kalyan-and-tdp-leader-together-1371973



Telugu Fact check links:

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/video-of-poor-eating-on-carton-straps-is-from-a-trs-party-meet-not-bjp-1449730

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/nadda-did-not-write-any-letter-to-rajgopal-reddy-about-meeting-kcr-1446945

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/karne-prabhakar-not-joining-bjp-did-not-meet-etala-1446914

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/viral-image-of-gold-coin-distribution-by-bjp-candidate-in-munugode-is-false-1446661

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/modis-viral-image-at-a-washbasin-not-taken-in-a-toilet-1445209

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/rahul-gandhi-says-that-he-spoke-to-mahatma-gandhi-1434491

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/pm-modi-insult-former-president-ram-nath-kovind-1381256

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/amit-shah-silenced-by-a-reporter-in-telangana-1378291

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/indian-pm-modi-was-gifted-with-a-necklace-by-an-arab-king-1378289

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/resignation-letter-of-ys-vijayamma-from-ysrcp-1376773

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/ap-government-removed-dr-ysr-from-navaratnalu-logo-1375755

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/video-shows-naga-sadhus-coming-out-in-support-of-nupur-sharma-1374596

https://www.telugupost.com/factcheck/government-of-ap-to-cancel-amma-vodi-and-vahana-mitra-for-2022-1372039

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The fact checks cover a variety of subjects. The fact checks cover a range of topics the fact checks are not limited to one side of the political spectrum. They follow the same process for all claims they fact check. There is no evidence of partisanship.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost receives claims via social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Sharechat, Instagram, etc, and also email and WhatsApp tipline. Most viral and potentially harmful claims are chosen to be debunked. Utmost care is taken to ensure there is no bias of any kind while selecting the claim.

The claims may be from the areas of Politics, Health, science, climate, government schemes, etc. We monitor people and social media handles on different social media platforms to get the latest information shared and also potential false news. We also examine memes and viral images. We also update ourselves by browsing through everyday news stories, speeches of political leaders, press releases, and various social media accounts. Upon selecting the claim, it is verified using an established systematic way using authentic sources and tools. Tools like Google reverse image search, Yandex reverse image search for images, and also tools like invid break a video into frames and search using the reverse image search.

First-hand information is attained from officials, experts, and witnesses to corroborate the story and furnish the users with factual information. Once the claim is established, research undertaken, and evaluated, fact-check articles are published with all the details. We use simple language while writing about the claim, the process followed to assess the claim, and also quote the sources while explaining the process to the readers. Relevant data/information is presented in the form of tables, charts, etc. to validate the fact check. If the information is inadequate, we refrain from publishing our own conclusions. Every fact check published is edited by a sub-editor to avoid any errors.

Rating: Based on the above research, a conclusion is arrived at. The broad ratings we follow are – TRUE – PARTLY TRUE – FALSE – MISLEADING – UNVERIFIED.

In case of any errors, we acknowledge the mistakes and the articles are updated, the corrections made are updated on the website for the readers. Readers are encouraged to write to us with any corrections through the ‘Contact Us’. All such communication is taken very seriously and relevant corrections are made if they are found to be valid within 48 hours of the receipt of a correction email or message. Readers are also encouraged to submit claims through e-mail. 

https://www.telugupost.com/fact-check-methodology

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They clearly explain how claims are selected. Stories to debunk are selected based in the impact in areas of Politics, Health, science, climate, government schemes, etc. The process is explained. they verify claims they receive and the ones on social media platforms and also email and Whatsapp tipline. Most viral and potentially harmful claims are chosen to be debunked. They also monitor social media handles.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant mentions the sources used in the fact checking process.They mostly use digital tools, there are instances where they contact the source. There is no evidence that sources that could influence their findings.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is no evidence of the organisation’s affiliation to any political party.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As a part of the company’s policy, the employees of Truth Serum Media Private Limited are made to sign an undertaking that clearly states that the employees are not directly or indirectly involved in any political activity.

Our Fact Checks do not contain opinions of any sort, but simply state facts. We also ensure that anyone being recruited into the fact-checking team does not have any affiliation with political parties and advocacy organizations.

On a case-to-case basis, people’s support for causes is reviewed so that it is in conformity with our policies. The employees are mandated to abide by the company’s code of conduct and policies. They need to avoid public demonstrations of any political views. 

They should not engage in any online or offline campaign or be members of any organization/ network. The employees are prohibited from contesting or accepting any appointment or association of whatsoever nature with any public office.

A supervisor must be informed when a spouse or other members of an employee's household have any ongoing involvement in political causes, either professionally or personally.

https://www.telugupost.com/non-partisanship-policy

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Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost has a clearly stated non partisan policy listed on the website. As well as a code of conduct for its employees.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant provides links to the relevant sources.

They primarily use digital sources in some cases they also use primary sources in the process of fact checking. Sources are linked and referenced. The fact checks are replicable.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They provide links to the relevant sources. In most cases they debunk using digital tools where possible they have contacted primary sources.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant’s fact checks are compliant with this requirement. They have verified using multiple sources. The sources are linked .


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The sources are clearly identified so the reader can conclude if there is any influence of a source on the story.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost Fact check is a separate independent unit of Telugupost published by Truth Serum Media Private limited. Fact check team incorporation letter is attached

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Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost, the parent company is owned by Truth Serum Media Private Limited and Telugupost factcheck is a separate unit of the parent organistion


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost(Truth Serum Media Private Limited) is an independent organisation. Within Telugupost fact check wing is a separate entity. About 90 per cent of Funds come as investments by the promoters and 10 per cent from the ad revenue news aggregators None of these aggregators have a role in either editorial policy or fact-checking. The about us link on the website shows funding and the independence of the fact-checking unit. Also attached are the audited results of the financial year.

https://www.telugupost.com/about-us

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Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They are compliant with this requirement. The website gives details of the founders and ownership.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

As a news organization, the Telugupost team has separate editorial and fact-check teams. The team members have clearly defined roles. The structure of the fact-checking team can be seen in this link:

https://www.telugupost.com/fact-check-team


The role of the editorial team, which is distinctly different from the Fact check unit, is described at:

https://www.telugupost.com/editorial-staff

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The oraganisational structure is clearly mentioned on the website.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The biographies of the fact check team : https://www.telugupost.com/fact-check-team

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The biographies of the fact checking team is available on the website.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The email Id and also WhatsApp number is furnished to the users to send in any queries and

For the claims that need to be fact-checked. Email ID is telugupostfactcheck@gmail.com, and WhatsApp number is 91 6304273469. Readers can also submit their claims and other queries on the ‘Contact Us' page on the website.

We also have a grievance redressal form on the website where anyone can complain about any of the stories published on Telugupost. https://www.telugupost.com/grievance-redressal

Fact check complaints can be filed on the website: https://www.telugupost.com/Fact-Check-Complaints

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Contact details are clearly provided on the website.

done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Fact check methodology followed by the Telugupost fact check team is available at

https://www.telugupost.com/fact-check-methodology

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The methodology the applicant uses is clearly explained on the website.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They say a  claim is selected based on how viral it is, the source and the potential harm it can create. They try to ensure there is no bias while selecting a claim to verify.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant explains the claims and the sources for the claim. The fact checks provide explanations for the evidence they use to counter the claim.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

They have a process where claims are fact checked and all evidence is considered and is of the same standard.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Where possible they have contacted people who have made the claim unless the claims are on line.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We encourage our readers to send us claims not only through the email id and WhatsApp number provided on the website but also via any of our social media handles. The email ID is telugupostfactcheck@gmail.com and whatsapp number is 91 6304273469. Readers can also submit their claims and other queries on the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website.

Some of our social media accounts handles  here claims can be submitted

Telugupost factcheck page: https://www.facebook.com/telugupostfactcheck/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Telugu_Post

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/telugupostnews/

Koo: https://www.kooapp.com/profile/telugupost

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The website gives details for readers to send in claims to check. They have an email, a whatsapp number as well as social media handles for this.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

At Telugu post, we put all efforts into providing accurate news and fact checks. But, when we falter, we are not afraid to accept that. We have clear editorial policies on accepting our mistakes. We apologise for the same and publish the corrections.

More details can be found on our Correction policy page:

https://www.telugupost.com/corrections-policy

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago)

The corrections policy is clearly listed on the website.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago)

The policy is clearly stated on their website along with the process.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We have no correction requests over the previous year either in our fact checks or our editorial articles. 

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago)

They have not yet needed to correct any of the published fact checks.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We are not an IFCN signatory yet.

Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago)

The applicant not an existing signatory.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.

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.

Telugupost.com
20-Dec-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Telugupost correction policy can be seen here: 


https://www.telugupost.com/corrections-policy

Telugupost.com
23-Feb-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Telugupost is committed to the accuracy and trustworthiness of news articles, headlines, and captions. We make sure that our articles provide all the relevant information and that the facts are verified.

 The editorial policy of Telugupost  can be seen here: 


https://www.telugupost.com/news-correction-policy


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Surekha Deepak Assessor
28-Jan-2023 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The corrections policy is clearly listed on the website.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Surekha Deepak.