Organization: Verafiles Incorporated
Applicant: Ellen T. Tordesillas
Assessor: Michael Wagner
Conclusion and recommendations
Michael Wagner wrote:
Verafiles Fact Check is a fact-checking microsite of the larger Verafiles news site. It stands indepently and has its own staff that engage in fact checking of important claims made my political elites and other important sources of cultural import in the Philippines. The site conducts regular fact checks across a wide range of issues, producing work that is transparent and of a high quality. It is unclear how the site determines when to rate, and how, precisely, to rate, some claims and not others. That is, some fact checks come with a rating (such as "false," "mixture," and "Fake news"). Often these are related to fact checks done in partnership with Facebook, but it does not seem that it is always the case that ratings are on fact checks done for Facebook. I recommend that Verafiles either 1) use the same rating system for each fact check and explain to the audience what kind of claim is assigned to each rating category, 2) clearly identify when a fact check is in partnership with Facebook *and* provide a link to the rating system for those fact checks or 3) rate nothing on the rating system and provide wholisitic fact checks for all claims. Regardless of the choice, the key part of the recommendation is that Verafiles Fact Check makes it easier for the audience to understand how fact checks are assessed.