Organization: Teyit
Applicant: Teyit Medya A.S.- Mehmet Atakan Foca
Assessor: Sarphan Uzunoğlu

Background

I did not encounter any problems in Teyit.org's publications. It is pleasing to see that they emphasize social benefit more and more each year. It is a brave and pleasing behavior for the Turkish atmosphere to be able to see political issues in this period when fact-checking practices all over the world are shifting to health news. Of course, there is a need for more fact-checking in this area, and they have the corporate culture and human resources to do so. I hope that the number of fact-checks on political and social issues will increase ahead of the elections scheduled for next year.

The fact that the institution is a former IFCN signatory is a great advantage in my opinion. They both have a better understanding of IFCN's expectations and their own corporate operations have been shaped accordingly. Since it is a publication in my mother tongue and I follow its publications regularly, it is possible to say that the daily functioning of the institution has developed in a positive way. I think they will have no problems in the short and medium term.

In fact, both their applications and their content are exemplary for many IFCN signatories.

Assessment Conclusion

I found satisfactory results in all of the criteria I reviewed. The institution has reflected its years of experience in its publication policies. In my opinion, they are still not enough to solve the problem of misinformation in the field of political communication in Turkey. The entry of new actors into this field is a must. But they are effective against disinformation, malinformation, and misinformation in many categories of information. I would definitely recommend that their application be accepted. 

on 10-Feb-2022 (4 months ago)

Sarphan Uzunoğlu assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Teyit.org'un yayınlarında hiçbir probleme rastlamadım. Sosyal faydayı her geçen yıl daha fazla öne çıkardıklarını görmek sevindirici. Tüm dünyada doğruluk kontrol pratiklerinin fazlasıyla sağlık haberlerine kaydığı bu dönemde politik meseleleri de görebilmeleri Türkiye atmosferi için cesur ve sevindirici bir davranış. Elbette bu alanda daha fazla doğruluk kontrolü ihtiyacı var ve bunu yapabilecek bir kurumsal kültüre ve insan kaynağına sahipler. Önümüzdeki yıl için planlanan seçimler öncesinde siyasi ve sosyal meselelerle ilgili doğruluk kontrollerinin sayısının artacağını umuyorum. 

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Teyit is a not-for-profit social enterprise that focuses on social impact. Because of institutional infrastructure for social enterprises are underway in Turkey Teyit operates under one company (corporation): Teyit Medya A.Ş.

The company, Teyit Medya A.Ş., has promised not to distribute its revenue to shareholders or head of the board.

The trademark of teyit.org is registered by Teyit Medya A.Ş.. The details mentioned above are available on the website’s “Nedir?” (About) page: https://teyit.org/nedir 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago)

Teyit is a legally registered organization. They are independent and they operate as an independent fact-checking media institution.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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?

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1. In times of crisis, suspicious information spreads more and faster than at any time. Teyit’s fact-checking operations started on 26th October 2016, in a climate of crises, in Turkey.

2. Teyit is a team of twenty five people in departments of content, creative, programs and projects, and every department has a team leader to facilitate the action and decision-making process. The team members and their roles can be seen on page https://teyit.org/ekip

3. Teyit does not only conduct fact checking activities for pieces of information (especially on online platforms), but also works to create an ecosystem of verified information and truth in Turkey and beyond. Some of these awareness raising activities are done through Teyit’s newsletters, videos, and a podcast which all speak about the era of the post truth and the ways of tackling this issue from an individual to systemic level. There is also Factory, an incubation program aiming to empower new initiatives in the information ecosystem.

4. Attach additional files for criterion 1.2 if required

The information disorder, which creates the misinformation problem, is one of the biggest problems for the information ecosystem.

Teyit seeks to contribute to a world where critical thinking is the common ground of the information ecosystem. Since Teyit enhances its activities in accordance with this ultimate goal, through system-changing attribution, day by day.

For coming year Teyit's fact-checking team is aiming to contribute the system with different perspectives.

While Teyit continues its routine publications, it also aims to provide people with accurate and data-based information on more complex topics through in-depth research. Focusing on the climate, health and economic consequences of coronavirus and how people affect because of false information or urban memory investigations related to false information will be our priority. Freelance journalists who are unemployed and unable to work due to the conditions of the media ecosystem will be able to produce content in this category.Improving visibility and access by developing more visual-based content formats through the creative team, including the short videos for fact-checking tips and tools, social videos and infographics on fact-checks, podcast episodes for the understanding context of misinformation, digital marketing products (such as WhatsApp sticker pack) which the community of Teyit can interact and humorously spread the word. Teyit is planning to conduct in-depth research in the field of health.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

They explained the history of the organization well enough.

They explained the structure of volunteer and professional labor within the organization well enough.

They have some other activities but none of them are conflicting. Conversely, they are in line with their fact-checking activities.

I see no problem regarding criteria 1.2. since their formal structure and daily practices are in line with this criteria. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We publish several fact checks a week. You can find them on the attachment.  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W94uIVB9BzwKgULcSZU_CFUernzGf64A/view?usp=sharing 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Their frequency of publication is more than satisfactory.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

The information crisis in Turkey has reached a serious level due to the polarization in the country. Politics in both the national and local level is a very tense topic and most of the political actors are heavily relying on traditional understanding of propaganda. In this political climate, Teyit's policies and publications are in line with the principles of IFCN and they provide a high level of social benefit for their readers and stakeholders. Their non-partisan coverage of news stories that set the political agenda sometimes fills in the gap caused by the journalistic crisis in the country and partisanship of existing media outlets. Their coverage of issues such as health, climate, public services etc. dominates their publications and these contents are totally acceptable in terms of this criteria. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Teyit has no commercial/institutional relationship with state, politicians or political parties. Teyit explains its funding relationships on page https://teyit.org/finansal-kaynaklar transparently 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

No information has been found that the institution has anything to do with a political actor or a state. There is no indication of this in the editorial policies either.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Editorial decisions are taken jointly by the editorial team. The board of directors, partners, investors, funders or the administrative team of the company and the association are not decision-makers in editorial processes.” https://teyit.org/yayin-ilkeleri 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Publication policies are available on the website. These principles are similar to those universally accepted by journalists. It even has special principles based on the principles of fact-checking activity, unlike many newspapers. 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Turkey is a country where polarization is intense. But it is not possible to talk about a simple two-sided polarity relationship. Very different groups can meet around very different ideas. This necessitates diversification in the selection and analysis processes of claims. 

Neither in the sample content nor in the routine content flow of Teyit, I have come across an example that contradicts this principle. 

Impartiality is a consideration in both the selection and handling of claims, and the selection of sources.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

https://teyit.org/yayin-ilkeleri is a page about our editorial rules, methodology, and selection criteria. When our visitors click the “Editöryal Kurallar” tab on this screen they could reach our rules about selecting criteria for claims.

A prioritization of three criteria is applied to manage time effectively for choosing the collected claims.

First, we check whether the claim is verifiable based on data and concrete evidence. We do not investigate topics that are allegedly spoken by two people or a group and which cannot be determined whether it is correct or not unless one is present during the conversation, even if they are accessible. Predictions and claims about the future and the assumptions about the events that are expected to occur are not also investigable.

Interpersonal conversations, interpretations, assertions that contain assumptions or predictions for the future, and events that have happened so much back in the past that it cannot be traced are eliminated at this stage. If the claim is not verifiable, it is removed and not considered again in the future.

We choose among the verifiable claims according to the importance and virality in normal times, and also urgency criteria in times of crisis. Criteria do not mean that we will not create content that is not viral; it means that what is viral among multiple works will be prioritized.

○ Virality: A content that is on the agenda of Internet users, and has a certain number of shares. Virality criteria may differ according to the social media platform on which the suspicious news is spread.

○ Importance: A content that can have an impact on individuals, communities, groups, systems, rights, or democracy.

○ Urgency: A content that occurs during moments of crisis where emotional breaks are experienced and which is exacerbated by social anger and fear, and which has the quality that needs to be verified even if it is not viral. (Moment of crisis: periods of emotional elevations, traumatic events, increased polarization in society, increased hate speech related to events, election periods, systemic changes, natural and human-related disasters)

If the claim meets these criteria, the investigation begins after determining who will review it. Those outside the prioritization criteria are archived and can be reviewed again when they meet the publication criteria over time. 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

It acts in accordance with the principles stated in its methodology. Relevant principles are available to readers to clear any doubts.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The current and past titles of individuals, their ties to institutions such as membership or management are clearly expressed. In the selection of sources, priority is given to objective and scientific sources. In situations where it is not possible or partially possible, possible conflict points are clearly defined. 


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Teyit is an actor that has no ties to political organizations in terms of both its institutional structure and practices. Employees and corporate identity are both distant from political actors. Even company policies and editorial policies clearly require it. Although they are attacked from time to time in Turkey's polarized political and media environment, it is not possible to obtain objective data that they are politically biased.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Currently, on the page https://teyit.org/yayin-ilkeleri it is stated that the editorial principles must comply with the principles of the International Fact-Checking Check Network, as well as the mission of the institution and the principles of independent journalism.

Teyit will also ensure the editorial independence of its work through Conflict of Interest documents (attached). It is one of the documents that should be signed by team members.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j6m3XWhLkSCYIBeW6LkAFYFmzr33VBdi/view?usp=sharing  

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The information note on the impartiality of the employees is publicly available on the website. This principle has been fully implemented.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Teyit performs positively both in terms of reference usage and accessibility of references. References used are mentioned in a proper way. Moreover, they have relevant policies to provide security of the individuals quoted. They meet global journalistic standards in this aspect as well and this is a very good approach in a tense environment like Turkey's mediasphere.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The institution is loyal to the knowledge hierarchy with a scientific approach. In cases where the information becomes subjective, there is a tendency to evaluate the situation together with different authorities and to share the quality of the comments and data with the reader. Teyit editors try to diversify the sources and references when available.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

A critical and scientific approach is preferred in analyzes based on a single source. Multiple control methods are applied.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The identities and titles of the stakeholders/sources are clearly defined in analyses. Sources' former and recent titles and positions related to the issue are clearly stated in stories.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The required document has been provided by the institution.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Necessary information and documents regarding the structure of the institution and the activities of the institution have been submitted.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Teyit shares the process of editorial control on page https://teyit.org/yayin-ilkeleri. On this link, the chart on the Editorial process can be seen on "Yazı İşleri Nasıl Çalışıyor?" tab. A Head of Editorial, one Editor, and two Writers is responsible for the editorial decision-making processes. Team members can be seen on page https://teyit.org/ekip. 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

There is a specific page dedicated to the statement about related criteria and it is accessible to everyone.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Biographies of employees and people with administrative roles are clearly defined on the website.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

In our website, key Teyit employees are available via e-mail on the related page. https://teyit.org/ekip

On the other hand, we're trying to encourage our users to send a claim with our WhatsApp number and our e-mail address. For this reason, we've added a banner to our site. Users can also contact us via our contact page. https://teyit.org/bize-ulasin

In addition, all staff personally attend events, are visible to the public as individuals.

Our three newsletters which have more than 20,000 subscribers in total are sent on behalf of our employees with their names and photos. They can also use their own social media accounts to get in touch with our audience.

In principle, we answer all the e-mails and comments in 24 hours if contain a question or request; negatively or positively. 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Teyit is one of the platforms that attaches the most importance to communication between its analysts and its readers. They do this with the contact methods they enabled and contact information clearly stated on their website.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Please see our “Yayın İlkeleri” page: https://teyit.org/yayin-ilkeleri

Especially “Editöryal Kurallar” tab 

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

A broad and understandable explanation of the methodology and editorial rules is available on the website.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Staying within the context of the methodological approach, analyzes are made without explaining the reason for choosing the subject in detail. Of course, this can be interpreted as a preference regarding the readability of the contents. I see no contradicting practice regarding this criteria. Although no extra effort is made to explain the reason for the selection, the stories are chosen more in line with the IFCN criteria compared to last year, in my opinion. Stories' rate of providing social benefits is higher. The people and communities that will benefit from the results of the analyzes have diversified. The topics and themes examined have also increased.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

They have balanced coverage of supporting and contradictory evidences in the stories I analyzed.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

A fixed standard was used in handling the evidence. There is a stable approach in accordance with the methodology, not the situation.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The process is managed in accordance with the scientific logic of the information hierarchy. There is no dependence on online claims.  Colored language is avoided in allegations, and factchecking standards are complied with in quoting personal statements.  This is indicated when the process cannot be completed or incomplete for reasons such as security or other reasons.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Teyit followers can send the contents that they are suspicious about via e-mail (info@teyit.org), Twitter mentioning, our contact page (https://teyit.org/bize-ulasin) or our WhatsApp report line +90 (546) 474 54 40 and Telegram account. We collect all the reports in the digital pool that we initiate called Dubito.

What is checkable or uncheckable is clearly stated on our website, under the “editorial rules” section.

We are not able to answer all the reports we receive and let them know about the reasons why due to the intensive flow of reports. But from time to time, we explain how we prioritize the cases or make editorial decisions by the article we publish on our website. https://teyit.org/isimize-geleni-mi-teyitliyoruz

When a claim cannot be examined and concluded, the findings will be published and the reader will be able to see the point where the analysis is blocked.  

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Teyit.org is actively encouraging users to send claims or pieces to fact-check. They have multiple channels to enable the active contribution of community. Multiple channels (public or private) are being used. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Teyit Fact Check operation follows correction policy, which can be found our “Yayın İlkeleri” page: https://teyit.org/yayin-ilkeleri                            

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Their complaints policy is publicly available in a visible spot on their website.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Teyit.org's policy document clearly includes the content format that the institution is interested in and the criteria it considers when dealing with it.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

As Teyit, we do make corrections to our content, although not very often, in case of;

- A new development on the subject covered

- A mistake made

- Additional evidence obtained etc.

As can be seen, our Editorial Guideline, which can be accessed on our website, the correction process works as follows:

When any changes to the analysis are required, anyone who accesses the analysis written by Teyit will be able to see them. This heading does not include the correction of material and simple errors.

If new data has emerged on the published analysis and if the analysis needs updating based on these new concrete data, the update is announced. Updates are indicated at the bottom of the analysis by explaining the date and time of the update and what was changed in the analysis. Updates are not announced via social media.

If there is a suspicion that there is an error concerning the written analysis, the review process is restarted. If the request for a review comes from the readers, the resource is requested. During the review process, the principle of accessibility of resources is followed. If an error is detected, correction the date is indicated at the bottom of the analysis.

If the error is of a nature that could change the result of the analysis or unfairly affect an individual & institution, an apology is made via social media. The concerning editor determines the quality of the apology.

Analysis on which there are corrections that require changing the result continues to be disseminated until it reaches the number of people the initial version of the analysis has reached.

If an update or correction is required again, the same steps are repeated.

When an analysis of Teyit is refuted by legal means, the correction policy is followed. If an error is detected, the refutation will be published and the content is removed with a statement.

In addition to this information, our followers and readers also have a tremendous contribution to the corrections. When we get reports for an error or deficiency, we immediately reflect it in the text and, if necessary, announce it on social media.

On the other hand we had a conflict resolution policy. If there is a disagreement between Teyit and a publisher about a fact-check, an impartial mediator is reached, if both parties agree on his/her arbitration. If that doesn't work, Facebook's appeal mechanism is applied as a last mitigation resort.

We made various minor corrections during the year. But we didn’t field any serious correction requests from the general public during the past 12 months.  

Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Since the past years, I have not encountered a problem in Teyit's error correction policy. In general, their methodological approach to this issue and their practical actions are also satisfactory.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Sarphan Uzunoğlu Assessor
28-Jan-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

There does not appear to be any problem with this issue.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Sarphan Uzunoğlu.

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.

Teyit
17-Nov-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

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