Verificat

Organization: Verificat
Applicant: Lorenzo Marini
Assessor: Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura

Background

Verificat is a fact checking non-profit organization from Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain. They were founded in 2019 with a grant to cover the Spanish elections, but continued their work afterwards. They are focused on online rumors and statements from politicians and public actors. Today, they have expanded their team and coverage with further grants and financial support, but remain focused on fact-checking and disinformation. They publish both in Spanish and Catalan. Currently, they also produce initiatives around media literacy and fact checking consultancy. They are responsible and serious in their journalistic work.

Assessment Conclusion

The production of fact-checking from Verificat is solid. They use high journalistic standards when analyzing claims, and do so with primary, on the record sources. They are transparent regarding their methodology and how it is applied. The explanations on how their methods and selection work are clearly explained in their About section, and the fact-checking is thorough. Readers are able to follow and replicate the process of each fact checking. They have solved previous issues and are fully compliant to the code.

on 18-Apr-2022 (3 months ago)

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Verificat es una organización sin fines de lucro de Barcelona, ​​Cataluña, España, que produce fact checking en torno a rumores en redes sociales y discursos de actores públicos o políticos. Su fact checking es sólido y responsable, utilizan fuentes primarias y son transparentes, con una política de correcciones responsable. Son equilibrados y reportan sobre todos los puntos del espectro político, siguiendo las recomendaciones de conducta periodística del código IFCN. Están totalmente en línea con el código IFCN después de realizar los cambios solicitados..

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago)

As a preliminary note, Verificat is a bilingual website, operating in Catalan and Spanish. This is true for almost 100% of our contents. Furthermore, we have also started publishing covid-related contents in English and French.

Our website’s about section: https://www.verificat.cat/es/quienes-somos includes information about our legal status as a non-profit association (on top, on the link ‘sin ánimo de lucro’ and in the last section, Financiación), and links to our official record.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago)

The applicant is a legally registered organization. They demonstrate this in their About page, where the reader can find their credentials and financial info.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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?

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago)

Verificat started its operations in April 2019, when the Open Society Foundations awarded us a pilot grant to fact-check the local elections in Barcelona. Catalonia was living - and still is - through a period of heated political debate and many high profiles candidates were running for office as Mayor of Barcelona, a position which held great symbolic and polittical meaning.

Our second big challenge has been covering the aftermath of the facts of the 1st of October of 2019, when Catalonia lived through another period of great political tension following the sentence of the Catalan independentist political leaders. After that, we collaborated with TV3 programme Planta Baixa until December, and then entered a hiatus for the first months of 2020, in order to regroup and restart with a more solid project. Thanks to another grant by OSF, we have now restarted our operations with a new team. During 2021 we diversified our income (through grants, crowdfunding and commercial activity) and our activities.

At the end of February 2022, our team is formed by:

2 codirectors (and cofounders)

1 fundraiser

1 media literacy director (and cofounder)

4 fact-checkers

2 social media managers

1 investigative reporter

1 sales manager

Our main activities are:

Fact-checking the political discourse of Catalan leaders and of Spanish political figures when talking about Catalonia.

Fact-checking disinformation about covid-19 and vaccines.

Carrying out investigative journalism based on transparency.

Imparting media literacy programes at high school level and develop a train-the-trainers strategy.

Imparting fact-checking theory and practice classes at different universities (last year we did this at UIC, Blanquerna, UB, UAB, UCM, UCLM, ecc)

Starting media literacy programmes in public centres for adults, focusing on retired citizens.

We are interested in developing technological tools for fact-checking. For this reason we are part of alliances looking for grants for technological development.

Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic is going to dominate the informational agenda. We foresee an increase of information based on false science on social media and alternative outlets, especially on issues related to vaccination.

Other then these two big issues, Catalan politics follow a global pattern and a lot of misinformation is generated around themes like security, immigration and climate change among others.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant is set up exclusively for providing fact-checking and related activities. They were formed in 2019 with the goal of fact-checking the election in Barcelona. After that, they received grants and expanded their work, but still focused on fact-checking, media literacy and original journalism. They have since expanded the team and the programs they are involved with.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago)

Find a sample of one fact-check a week during last year: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q2avQOOfCzfKWQecsqUbxVyzMU9Rc4k4VoCSOSfc78I/edit#gid=0

Find all our 480+ claims reviewed in the last two years: https://www.verificat.cat/api/

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant meets and surpasses the minimum required amount of fact-checks per week, usually publishing around 5 per week during the year of 2021.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

After a review of random fact-checks, it was identified that the applicant focuses on issues of social and political impact. They commonly cover issues of health and elections, always from the point of view of social impact. Thus, the applicant meets and surpasses the minimum required amount of 75%.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago)

Commercial relationships:

- Partnership with media: Newtral, IFCN signatory (we publish 10 fact-checkes a month about Catalan politics); El Periódico de Catalunya, newspaper (we publish 4 data-based expaliners a month); Europa Press (we publish 2/3 fact-checks a week about science and health); Time Out Barcelona (we verify one urban legend a month about the town)

- Commercial media literacy activity. We sell educational programs for schools, universities, public administrations, ecc

- Consultancy. Fact-checking and disinformation consultancy for private companies and public administrations (Generalitat de Catalunya)

Funding by public administrations:

- We receive funding for our media literacy programs by: Barcelona City Hall, Generalitat de Catalunya, European Commission

Funding by private institutions:

- We received funding by Google GNI, Open Society Foundations

We do not receive funding by political parties or institutions that conform a conflict of interest whatsoever

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant does have some ties to state actors in Europe, but that is connected to consultancy of fact-checking courses to public administrators in their subsection Verificat Escola, including the government of Catalunya. Also, public administrations such as Barcelona City Hall and the European have funded their media literacy programs. All those relationships are relevant and connected to their fact checking work.

Other than that, the applicant has several institutional/financial relationships to other media outlets, NGOs and private funds, inside the scope of working media literacy and fact-checking.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago)

All our funding is public here: https://www.verificat.cat/quienes-somos


Verificat
13-Apr-2022 (3 months ago)

We have created a new Funding page: https://www.verificat.cat/es/financiacion, which is linked from the About section (and soon will be from the top enu, which is being redesigned). Missing fundings, which were all from 2021, have been added as part of the update, as well as the provisional balances. Statements have been added

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The provided link couldn't be found, the correct one is the following: https://www.verificat.cat/es/quienes-somos.

Their About page features a session on finance, where the reader can check the balances from 2019 and 2020. However, the funding from state actors, such as Barcelona City Hall and the government of Catalunya are not stated in the section. Also, the applicant should add a statement on how it ensures the editorial independence of their work even receiving funds from state actors.



cancel 1.6 marked as Request change by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Apr-2022 (3 months ago)
The applican'ts About links to a new page on finance, where the reader can check the balances from 2019, 2020 and 2021. The funding from either private and state actors are well explained and discriminated. The applicant also explains how their independence is maintained regardless of source of funding.



done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

During the electoral campaign in Catalonia last February we insistently fact-checked the politica debates. The resulting pieces demonstrate we fact-checked all candidates with the same criteria:

https://www.verificat.cat/fact-check/el-debat-electoral-de-la-vanguardia-verificat

https://www.verificat.cat/fact-check/el-debat-electoral-de-la-cadena-ser-verificat

https://www.verificat.cat/fact-check/el-debat-electoral-de-tv3-verificat

Vox is the politica party that we fact-check more often because we have a special project focused on hate speecha and they frequently state against foreign population with false or misleading information: https://www.verificat.cat/es/fact-check/el-discurso-de-ignacio-garriga-en-la-mocion-de-censura-verificado

However, we also fact-check other political leaders when they are wrong about Vox: https://www.verificat.cat/fact-check/abascal-no-va-votar-en-contra-del-permis-de-paternitat-com-va-dir-rufian-vox-encara-no-era-al-congres

Our fact-checkers focusing on political issues follow all relevant public appearences from members of Parliament and members of the Government ass well as other relevant public figures to guarantee all of them are treated and analized alike.

A selection of our fact-checks show we verify all political parties (see last column): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q2avQOOfCzfKWQecsqUbxVyzMU9Rc4k4VoCSOSfc78I/edit#gid=0

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has provided a list of several fact-checks around political actors from all factions. After a review of this set, the assessor has identified that the applicant is balanced and responsible in their checks across the political spectrum. They cover politicians from all ideologies, and report responsibly on all of them. This can be seen clearly when analyzing the spreadhseet produced by the applicant with fact-checks and the referred party.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

In their About page, a section under the banner Credentials defends their neutrality in political issues. Besides that, their Methodology page explains clearly how issues are selected and investigated, what is not covered and how they require neutrality from the staff.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant applies responsible sources in their checks, which usually don't involve interests that could undermine the result of the check. Still, the applicant has a habit of identifying and characterizing the nature of the sources used, so the reader can judge its impact.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant is neutral and balanced in their fact-checks. After a thorough review of a random set of checks, the assessor has identified that the applicant does not lean towards any political orientation or party, and it doesn't advocate for policy positions other than transparency. Checks are balanced and the selection of actors and topics to be checked is wide.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has a statement on their Methods page describing that the staff is not allowed to be affiliated to any political party. The policy is clear and defends the neutral positioning of members of the team.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant is fully transparent in terms of the sources used. Documental sources are identified and linked to, and experts heard by checkers are also identified. Sources are put in context as well, and readers are able to replicate the checks if they so wish.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant consistently employes primary sources when checking claims. They link to original documents or open data records, as well as local, national or international reports, when checking claims of politicians. When expert information is necessary, they talk directly with those sources.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

When checking a claim, the applicant does not use a single source as evidence, instead usually employing a set of sources that enables them to check every key part of the claim. This is common in more complex claims, which can be separated in several parts.

One example of this posture can be found on the following link: https://www.verificat.cat/es/fact-check/nos-preguntais-por-los-datos-de-la-caida-del-paro-en-barcelona-que-cita-la-alcaldesa-ada-colau


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As stated earlier, the applicant identifies clearly the nature of every source used, so the reader can judge its impact on the check. However, the sources used commonly do not involve hidden interests, not affecting the accuracy of the check.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

We are an independent organisation. We are an association registered in the Catalan register of entities, and our statute declares that we are a non-profit organisation dedicated to fact-checking. More info: http://justicia.gencat.cat/ca/serveis/guia_d_entitats/?idEntitat=105415#

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant is an independent, legally registered organization under Spanish law. The legal format of the company is also disclosed. The applicant provides a link to their annual balance sheets in their About page.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has produced a link that indicates the legal status of the organization as non-profit. Their about page also describes their funding and provides details on their sources of revenue.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://www.verificat.cat/es/quienes-somos#equipo - here we inform about the team structure, and mention Alba Tobella's role as head of the editorial section.

https://www.verificat.cat/es/metodologia - here we inform about the methodology for selection and publication

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant describes their organizational structure in two parts of their website. One is the Methods section, where the whole functioning of the company is detailed. The other is the Who we are section, which has names and roles for the whole staff, incluing the mention of those with editorial control.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The Team section in the About page has names, roles and pictures of every member of the staff. Each member has a dedicated page with their professional bio availalable.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Means of contact with the editorial team are available in two different places. One is the main Contact page, which is linked to in the homepage and has general email addresses, a phone number and social media handles.

Second, the Team page has email addresses for all and social media profiles for some of the staff members.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has an extense Methods page, where they explain what is expected to be checked, how claims are checked and investigated and what are the possible labels.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The claims checked by the applicant present reach and social importance. When the claims come from social networks, they are checked only after becoming viral. Other claims are checked when coming from politicians/agents of power in positions of prominence. This posture is visible when assessing the published fact checks.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

When checking a claim, the applicant consistently looks for evidence both to support and to undermine the claim. One example of this posture can be found in the following link, where the applicant does so in a balanced way: https://www.verificat.cat/es/fact-check/que-se-sabe-de-los-videos-de-gente-que-parece-sufrir-espasmos-tras-haber-sido-vacunada


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Although it's not common for claims to be exactly equivalent, the applicant demonstrates balance when dealing with claims of similar nature but from different politicians. This can be seen in their handling of politicians from different sides of the political spectrum in Spain and Catalunya.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

When possible, the applicant contacts those who have made the claim in order to clarify what was said. However, this is not done in the case of checks regarding onliner rumours, only those pertaining to politicians and public actors. Two examples of this posture can be found in the following links: https://www.verificat.cat/es/fact-check/cataluna-no-es-la-comunidad-que-esta-peor-en-numero-de-contagios-como-afirma-santi-rodriguez and https://www.verificat.cat/es/fact-check/el-sector-tic-no-ha-creado-15.000-nuevos-puestos-de-trabajo-en-cataluna-en-2021-es-un-dato-desactualizado


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Every article on our website has a disclaimer asking our readers to get in touch if they have received information that they consider suspicious (please see image attached). Moreover, we encourage this on our contact page, on our home page, and every few weeks we tweet a reminder. For reason of space and efficiency, we don't actively try to explain in these short communications what is fact-checkeable and what not, but we try to answer to our readers when they send material that isn'tt fact-checkeable. We also have a statement on our methodology page to explain what we fact-check and what not.

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Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant encourages users to send claims to be checked in several different parts of their website. One is the aforementioned Contact page, available from the homepage. Other is the homepage itself, where a box displaying a WhatsApp numbers has a call to action for users to send claims. A version of this same box is available in every check. Finally, in their methods page, the applicant explains clearly what readers can expect to be checked.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

https://www.verificat.cat/es/rectificaciones - we also mention this in our methodology page

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has a specific page for Corrections. It is linked to in the homepage and in their methods page. The policy is clear and complete.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The corrections policy is clear and complete. It details how readers can get in touch to demonstrate an error (and what is the due process afterwards), what is the action of the staff when a correction is requested, and how checks are modified after a correction has been issued. What is and is not covered is also explained.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

Thanks for your feedback. We have added exaplanatory text describing the process and detailing our correction policy. Please find it at http://www.verificat.cat/es/rectificaciones

The texts reads:

Esperemos que no pase nunca, pero si detectamos cualquier error en nuestras verificaciones, rectificaremos lo más rápido posible. Nuestro compromiso es ser transparentes en todas las rectificaciones.

Y si vosotros detectáis errores, podéis poneros en contacto con nosotros a través del mail hola@verificat.cat, o a través de nuestras redes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Nos comprometemos a alertar y rectificar cuando sea necesario. Si publicamos cifras erróneas o citas incorrectas de personas u organizaciones publicaremos una corrección que aparecerá al fondo del artículo y en una lista disponible en esta página.

En el caso de que sea uno de nuestros lectores quien nos avise del error, os responderemos por el mismo canal. Si nos equivocamos en un titular o en el veredicto de alguna de nuestras verificaciones, haremos difusión de la corrección en nuestras redes sociales, igual que hacemos cuando publicamos contenido nuevo.

Si creéis que tenemos que modificar alguna verificación, tendréis que aportar información relevante, datos oficiales o de fuentes de autoridad y demostrar que nuestro equipo no los tuvo en consideración antes de publicar la pieza. Antes de realizar cualquier cambio, dos miembros de nuestro equipo tienen que estar de acuerdo sobre la consistencia del material aportado y la necesidad de rectificar.

Nos reservamos el derecho a modificar errores tipográficos, ortográficos y gramaticales que no cambien el sentido general de un artículo sin avisar a la audiencia.


On the image attached you will find an example of what we do when we are asked to provide further information about a piece we have published. We anonimize the comment and then reply publicly.

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Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

As of the assessing, the corrections page features 3 links (one is displayed in two links) that were corrected recently. Each one has a clear explanation on what was corrected. This explanation is also featured at the bottom of each respective check.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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Verificat
13-Apr-2022 (3 months ago)

The link to the complaints page has been added to the about section

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant does publish (in their About page) an IFCN badge stating their signatory status. However, there is not a link to the IFCN complaints page. This should be added.


cancel 6.4 marked as Request change by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
18-Apr-2022 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
The applicant has added a link to the complaints page of the IFCN in their About page, in the session that mentions their methodology.

done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Verificat
22-Feb-2022 (5 months ago) Updated: 5 months ago

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Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
01-Apr-2022 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Not applicable, the applicant is an independent organization.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.