teyit.org

Organization: teyit.org
Applicant: Mehmet Atakan Foça
Assessor: Erkan Saka
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

Mehmet Atakan Foça sent the following comments after the assessment was submitted

1a) As assessor noticed, I am the only shareholder of the company and head of the board of the association. Until this year we have not been sure which was the best organizational structure for teyit.org. We are going to change the name of the company and its structure to make it more transparent and allow other shareholders'. Those shareholders will be people who work for teyit.org, not investors. Our plan is making this change in 2019.

1b) We are gathering proposals from digital agencies to change the website. We will consider the feedback.

2b)  All analysis have been checked by other editors. The decision to publish has been made by consensus, not by the majority of votes.

4a) Income from our partnership with Facebook has been indicated on the website.


Conclusion and recommendations
on 09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago)

Erkan Saka wrote:

I believe the applicants showed a great progress compared to its first application I had assessed and provided a nearly perfect submission. I have only listed one partially compliant and even there I believe the issue is minor given the scope of explanation in general. So I recommend teyit.org to be accepted. 

on 09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago)

Erkan Saka recommended Accept


Section 1: Organization

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

teyit.org is a not-for-profit social enterprise which focuses on social impact. Because of institutional infrastructure for social enterprises are underway in Turkey teyit.org operates under multiple institutional structures.

Research on media and social media is conducted by Teyit Media Research Association on behalf of teyit.org. Technology and training development studies are conducted by Dubium Bilişim Danışmanlık ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti. The only activity of the company is teyit.org

The company, Dubium, have promised to not distribute of its revenue to shareholders or head of the board.

The trademark of teyit.org is registered by Dubium. 

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Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The institutional structure is well defined and all the documents prove its existence. I have checked and confirmed. I believe this is fully compliant. I only have a quick question to be answered: In the document about the "The company, Dubium, have promised to not distribute of its revenue to shareholders or head of the board." The executive committee consists of only one name and it is the owner of the company, Mehmet Atakan Foça. Because of the peculiar formation of Turkish laws, I find this normal but maybe Mr. Foça can provide a brief explanation. 


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago)
Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In the provided links, a reader can easily see that the organization has produced more than an average of at least one report a week. I recommend that a date based archive structure could be helpful for the reader who wants to focus on a particular period. As the content increases in the site, it will be harder to find previous reports in this website structure. 


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We fact-check the viral claims on the social media which may possibly affect democratic processes or all the candidates during election periods:

https://teyit.org/fotografin-muharrem-incenin-camide-halay-cektigini-gosterdigi-iddiasi/

https://teyit.org/fotografin-meral-aksener-fethullah-guleni-yan-yana-gosterdigi-iddiasi/

https://teyit.org/erdoganin-meral-aksener-hakkinda-zilli-meral-kemalin-eteklisi-dedigi-iddiasi/

We fact-check the misleading stories for propaganda or violence especially during the crisis situations like military operations, bomb attacks or natural disasters:

https://teyit.org/guncellendi-afrin-harekatindan-oldugu-iddiasiyla-paylasilan-26-yanlis-goruntu/

https://teyit.org/turkiyede-yasayan-suriyelilerle-ilgili-internette-yayilan-14-yanlis-bilgi/

https://teyit.org/arakandaki-musluman-katliamindan-oldugu-iddiasiyla-paylasilan-18-yanlis-goruntu/

We fact-check the widespread false information about health issues which may affect public hygiene:

https://teyit.org/dondurulmus-limonun-kanser-tedavisinde-kemoterapiden-daha-etkili-oldugu-iddiasi/

https://teyit.org/corabin-icine-bir-dilim-sogan-koymanin-bazi-hastaliklara-iyi-geldigi-iddiasi/

Claims which point as a target an innocent person or organization to propagate polarization are another focus of us:

https://teyit.org/safiye-inciye-ait-oldugu-iddia-edilen-fotograflar/

https://teyit.org/diyarbakir-mesut-yilmaz-ilkokulunda-bos-zarflarla-dolasan-kisiler-kim/

We publish analysis upon misleading or fabricated stories without choosing a political side of any political debate. The methodology of choosing claims and researching a suspicious content is very strict and we perform in the frame of methodology for every claim. 

To be immune from selection bias, the decision to research a story does not belong one person on the team. Every day, the claims which are transmitted to us are argued by editors after prioritization criteria had been implemented. Virality is the common prioritization criteria. Importance steps in if the fabricated stories are harmful to divided groups, minorities or innocent people. Urgency is the key prioritization criteria during crisis situations.

https://teyit.org/metodoloji-ve-ilkeler/

https://teyit.org/methodology

Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant demonstrates its work is based on a variety of subjects, speakers, fields and political positions. In an increasingly polarised political sphere, the applicant is fair and balanced in its coverage. 


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We respect political diversity and the different worldviews of the team members. But we do not allow any point of view to be effective on the verification processes. The worldviews of the subcontractors are not effective in any analysis or any work done by teyit.org.

It has been indicated the agreements of full-time and part-time employees. Also, the playbook of teyit.org which has been prepared to show how we do fact-check for newcomers contain the same warning. 

https://teyit.org/metodoloji-ve-ilkeler/

https://teyit.org/methodology

Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In its methodology section, the applicant clearly demonstrates how the verification process operates. The staff is given a clear procedure based on factual findings to operate. At some point, a staff member's political view may still become effective. In order to prevent that all publishable reports are first seen more than one person before they go public. 


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Every analysis contains external links to references and sources which help us to fact-check the claim. Users can easily follow the links to see how we have verified the suspicious news. 

In the main body of the analysis, we put the archive links to the original sources against the possibility of editing the sources. The timestamps of the tools like teyit.link, archive.is or archive.org help us to show users, what was the page looks like when we read them.

A while ago, we have changed our method to show sources. We put a box on the right side of the page to list all sources with their original links. We also write on this area the name of the person and the call date if we have connected with sources by phone. If our one of sources is e-mail, we put the screenshot of the e-mail body with the permission of the sender.

We have explained the reasons and motivation behind of changing the method of sourcing here: https://medium.com/teyit/we-are-changing-our-method-of-referencing-why-and-how-9c664de8668e

With some cases, we publish case studies to show users how we can find the evidence about related articles: https://teyit.org/konu/vaka-calismasi/

Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory not only clearly explains how sources are demonstrated, but it has also taken steps to help readers fact-check themselves easier. 


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant detailed its funding sources and listed how funding was spent in every particular case. The only exception seems to be its collaboration with Facebook. Income from this collaboration is stated but there is no overview of spending in this case. A brief explanation could help. 


done 4a marked as Partially compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago)
Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Key actors are clearly listed on the team page. Interns, volunteers and authors' bios can be reached when one clicks on names.  


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago)
Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Evidence is clear. 


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

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

Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant took extra steps to provide a publicly accessible methodology. 


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Internet users can send the suspicious and doubtful content via Website: https://teyit.org/ihbar-2/ Facebook: facebook.com/teyitorg Twitter: twitter.com/teyitorg and WhatsApp hotline: +90 (546) 474 54 40 We get 30 suspicious contents from those channels in daily average. Thus, we compiled the data what people mostly suspect from. We use dubito as data compilation by the way we can track our impact by analyzing the percentage of verified stories in the pool of reports.

https://teyit.org/teyit-org-ilk-icgoru-raporunu-yayinladi-internette-nelerden-suphe-ediyoruz/

https://teyit.org/en/insight-report-what-do-we-doubt-on-the-web/

https://teyit.org/secim2018-sahte-haber-karnesi-kac-ihbar-aldik-kacini-dogruladik/

https://teyit.org/en/election-2018-how-many-reports-had-we-received-and-how-many-of-them-were-verified/

https://medium.com/teyit/se%C3%A7im-d%C3%B6neminde-teyit-orga-iletilen-%C5%9F%C3%BCpheli-haber-say%C4%B1s%C4%B1-y%C3%BCzde-80-artt%C4%B1-296738dac1f1

https://medium.com/teyit/towards-the-election-number-of-suspicious-news-sent-to-teyit-org-increased-by-80-percent-804b2a5340ee

In this year we publish a page to show what is cooking in the kitchen. Make more transparent the editorial process, we open a page to reflect of dubito to users. In this way, people who have sent us a doubtful content can see the status of the analysis. Also, they can see the explanation if an analysis couldn't be done by clicking the question mark.

https://medium.com/teyit/editors-desk-is-online-follow-the-claims-are-being-investigated-d973d1a65885

https://teyit.org/editormasasi


Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The readers are provided with many options and although they may not receive personalized replies, they can have an adequate level of explanations to understand how their submissions were processed. 


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

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

teyit.org
29-Jul-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Public corrections policy is clearly explained in provided links. 


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.

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

Erkan Saka Assessor
09-Aug-2018 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant has a good record of reports without major errors. In these two cases, which I would not classify as major errors, corrections are clearly made. 


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Erkan Saka.