VoxCheck

Organization: VoxUkraine
Applicant: VoxCheck PM
Assessor: Oleg Khomenok

Background

VoxCheck has previous experience of being signatory of IFCN and works in accordance to high professional standards. Editorial team does important and valuable work checking claims, revealing disinformation in the media and social networks, and informing audience increasing people media literacy and critical mindset.

Assessment Conclusion

The application and the factchecking platform VoxCheck are in compliance of all criteria for signatories.

on 01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago)

Oleg Khomenok assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Платформа VoxCheck виконує важливу функцію інформування суспільства не лише про події, але й про факти маніпулювання та дезінфрмації, та є достойним членом IFCN.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck is a distinct team within a legally registered non-profit organization VoxUkraine. It is stated on the website in the F.A.Q. section: https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/. The information is available in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck is part of VoxUkraine, designed specifically for Fact-checking purposes. The statute of VoxUkraine clearly states fact-checking and distribution of this information as specific activity of the organisation. 


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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?

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

1. VoxCheck's fact-checking operation started in 2016. The reason was a large number of lies and populism from politicians, low level of critical thinking of the population, and the absence of fact-checking projects in Ukraine.

2. There are twelve core members of the VoxCheck team. One can find them and their positions here https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/#checkers

3. The organization's primary activities are fact-checking, debunking fakes, and educational activities on media and economic literacy.

4. The main objectives for the coming year are:

a) reduce the number of lies of politicians through new tools for spreading the fact check and the "punishment" tool for lying;

b) structure our training programs with a focus on training for civil servants;

с) change of project's positioning and rebranding.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago)

The dozen of staff-members are constantly working on the factchecking publishing the results of analysis of wide range of topics. They seem to have clear goals and plans of activities for the next coming year.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Over a year since our last application was approved (August 18, 2019 - August 18, 2020), we have published 421 materials on the website. Most of them include either fact-checks of political statements or debunking of fakes. For the indicated period, it is approximately eight publications per week. One can find these publications here https://voxukraine.org/uk/category/proekti/voxcheck-uk/

Also, all fact-checks of political statements are made publicly available through our user-friendly database https://nepravda.org.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck is publishing fact-check reports on regular basis doing it and publishing several times a day. All reports are stored in convenient for tracking way including user friendly search string. The database of all reports with filtering, ranging and sorting options on nepravda.org is very convenient to assess politicians integrity and compare them. 


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

I looked through 305 stories back to beginning of July 2020 https://voxukraine.org/uk/category/proekti/voxcheck-uk/page/39/  and find them well done in compliance to factcheck methodology. A lot of these publications were the checks of the facts under the collaboration of VoxCheck and Facebook. The topics of factchecking are socially important and cover a lot of issues providing reliable information to the audience.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck is a part of VoxUkraine - a non-profit organization that aims at diversifying its funding. We have no commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship with the state, politicians, or political parties in the country or countries we cover. 

According to the Policies and Procedures Manual, our funding from a single entity or the size of a single grant should not be greater than 33% of the organization’s annual budget. Funding from a single private individual should not be greater than 10% of the organization’s annual budget.

VoxUkraine raises project-aimed and institutional funds from donor organizations if funding conditions and potential projects help to implement our mission. If a donor (private individual or entity) who financially supported VoxUkraine did not state the anonymity preference, his\her name (or name of the entity) would be stated in VoxUkraine’s annual financial report. If a donor expressed the anonymity preference or did not want to reveal the amount of money donated, VoxUkraine would not disclose such information. 

One can find our annual reports (available in Ukrainian) here: https://voxukraine.org/uk/reports/. The report for 2019 is here: https://voxukraine.org/report2019/index.html

From 2020, as 3PF program partners, we receive financing from Facebook.

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Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck looks like fully independent of any state and political influence and control. 

I didn't find online any claims blaming them in being connected to any state body or political party. The project is supported by a range of international donors and and these sources look well diversified.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

1. According to the Policy and Procedure Manual of VoxUkraine, donors and editorial policy is the following. No donor shall intervene in the VoxUkraine editorial policy or influence VoxUkraine content in any way. If a donor tries to influence VoxUkraine content or its other activities, members of the Editorial Board must be notified. If the majority of the Editorial Board think that a donor has an undue influence on the editorial process, any member of the Editorial Board, or management of VoxUkraine, they shall consult Ethical Committee, who would decide on this matter.

2. VoxCheck is a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network Code of Principles. It means that we are independent of any external interference. It is also stated in the section "VoxCheck Independence" - https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The site has the statement at the bottom of each publication stating "The authors are not employees, do not advise, do not own shares and do not receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and are not affiliated in any way with them." (see attached screenshot)

The statement stressing editorial independence if also on the page https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/ 

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done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

1. https://voxukraine.org/uk/yihnij-pershij-raz-voxcheck-debyutnogo-zasidannya-verhovnoyi-radi-9-sklikannya/

2. https://voxukraine.org/uk/i-ll-be-back-svoboda-slova-savika-shustera-povernulasya/

3. https://voxukraine.org/uk/rejting-manipulyatoriv-ta-brehuniv-perezavantazhennya/

4. https://voxukraine.org/uk/chervoni-liniyi-poroshenka-voxcheck-pereviriv-chergovij-marafon/

5. https://voxukraine.org/uk/thne-medvedchukom-kremlivskoyu-propagandoyu-ta-radyanskim-soyuzom/

6. https://voxukraine.org/uk/ilon-mask-ulyana-suprun-aparati-ventilyatsiyi-legeniv-i-nevidomij-hlopets/

7. https://voxukraine.org/uk/ne-vigidna-medreforma-perevirka-tsinoyu-v-zhittya/ 

8. https://voxukraine.org/uk/richnitsya-prezidentstva-zelenskogo-otsinka-voxcheck/

9. https://voxukraine.org/uk/nespravzhnya-medreforma-chastina-2-v-unison/

10. https://voxukraine.org/uk/vijna-zseredini-natsionalnij-bank-vs-golova-radi-nbu/ 

All fact-checks are double-checked by the VoxCheck team and go through the peer-review procedure, which means that at least two editors from the VoxUkraine Editorial Board read our fact-checks and give comments (also noted in the Policies and Procedures Manual). No article, except those on debunking fakes, can be published until signed off by two editors. The pieces on debunking fakes are signed off and approved for publication by two members of the VoxCheck team, who have not been involved in the writing process.

We regularly check and publish statements of all major politicians on various topics. For our fact-checks, we take only those statements that contain facts or figures. We check political statements in our publications and on-air during the political talk show "Countdown" at TV channel UA: Pershyi (public broadcasting network).

While fact-checking or debunking fakes, we use information from official and reliable sources that one can find on the web. These sources may include information from

- the governmental institutions (e.g., CDC, Eurostat, State Statistics Service of Ukraine, etc.),

- generally recognized international organizations (e.g., the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, etc.),

- reputable think tanks and pooling organizations (e.g., Razumkov Centre, Pew Research Center, etc.),

- official information from companies, associations, foundations (e.g., Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation),

- media with high factual reporting standards, including IFCN signatories (e.g., AFP, Bellingcat, Reuters, etc.), and

- peer-reviewed academic articles.

We do not fact-check if we cannot find publicly available proof. If the information needed for the fact-check may be requested from the authorities, we can do so provided that we make this information publicly available. In this way, we ensure that the readers can click-and-check each fact-check.

All the links to the sources are embedded in the fact-checks. One can see that on our website or online platform nepravda.org

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Provided examples and further analysis of the stories shows that VoxCheck is following the standards of non-partisanship and fairness, select the topics and claims in unbiased way. I would add that the thorough analysis of the facts is provided to all topics and statements in accordance to the same standards and rules.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

One can find a section on How VoxCheck selects claims to check here (available in English, Ukrainian, Russian): https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/

Methodology, which includes more details on the selection of claims, one can find here (available in Ukrainian): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DjfsPY2TsRBwnHAu9emjKFy45KaP196W3xJPtaGO54Q/edit.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck selects variety of the topics and is not concentrated on one side& There is a link to the methodology of the VoxCheck used by the team at https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/ . It provides clear explanation of the procedures and methods used.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Producing their stories VoxCheck team in appropriate cases discloses sources status in the story. This helps the reader to understand if there is specific interest of the source and gives deeper understanding of the topic context. 


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck in the publications and analysis shows neutrality and equal approach toward all parties and politicians providing no support to anybody and treating everybody equally. 


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Our commitment to Nonpartisanship and Fairness, as well as a statement that any member of VoxCheck does not belong to any political party and does not support any politician or authority, is stated here (available in English, Ukrainian, Russian): https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/.

VoxUkraine (which is an organization for the VoxCheck project) is a non-partisan NGO. This principle is noted in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the organization. VoxUkraine also demands all editors, board members, and employees to disclose any potential conflict of interest (Policies and Procedures Manual). Thus, each article, including fact-checks published on the VoxUkraine website, contains a disclaimer on potential conflict of interest or its absence.

Also, none of the VoxUkraine governing bodies (General Meeting and Supervisory Board) are members of any political party.

Regarding hiring the people, who are members of political parties, we never had such a case since all our employees are not engaged in politics.

It is also written in our ethical principles here: https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The methodology document on the site https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DjfsPY2TsRBwnHAu9emjKFy45KaP196W3xJPtaGO54Q/edit  and here https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/ explain the key criteria of non-partisanship.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Almost all stories that I looked through are based on the open document sources with appropriate links. The factcheck summaries are structured as step-by-step guidance that gives the readers the opportunity to replicate the factcheck on their own.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Primary sources, mostly official public data or documents are used to prove the facts in the publications of VoxCheck.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In case the facts and statements that are checked can be proven by several different sources, VoxCheck is providing confirmation from more than one source as proofs.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Since the most of proofs are based on the official and public data with the appropriate links it's clear that official data could have disinformation as well. Yet in some cases VoxCheck is noticing the status/affiliation or specific interest of the source/expert for the transparency and understanding of the context.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The document verifying the non-profit status of VoxUkraine is attached (available in Ukrainian).

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Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

There are eligible proofs of the Non-profit independent status of the VoxUkraIne. At the page there https://voxukraine.org/uk/reports/ there are annual reports shoving the structure of funding of VoxUkraine.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxUkraine, and consequently VoxCheck, is a non-profit organization, which is indicated here (available in English, Ukrainian, Russian): https://voxukraine.org/en/about-us-eng/.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

On the VoxCheck section and on the main VoxUkraine page there are notifications that VoxUkraine is implementing VoxCheck project as well as information about sources of funding.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

One can find the required information here (available in English, Ukrainian, Russian): https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/.


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The management system and organisational structure is clearly described here  https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

One can see the VoxCheck team here (available in English, Ukrainian, Russian): https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/.

The examples of professional biographies are here (available in English, Ukrainian, Russian):

- Maksym Skubenko https://voxukraine.org/en/item/maksym-skubenko/

- Svitlana Slipchenko https://voxukraine.org/en/item/svitlana-slipchenko-2/,

- Anastasiia Ivantsova https://voxukraine.org/en/item/anastasiia-ivantsova/,

- Yuliia Zhaha https://voxukraine.org/en/item/yuliia-zhaha/,

- Vitaliy Protsenko https://voxukraine.org/en/item/vitaliy-protsenko/,

- Valeriia Stepaniuk https://voxukraine.org/en/item/valeria-stepaniuk/.


Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Information about the Editorial team is located on https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/ This section provides relevant information about each team member including short bio and position in the newsroom. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Our email is indicated in the F.A.Q. here https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/. We are also open to communication in our social media. One can reach us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/) or Telegram through feedback bot (@voxcheck_feedbackbot). Our core team members have affiliation with VoxCheck on their Facebook pages, so people also can write there. 

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck gives the readers variety of convenient options to communicate with editorial team through the web-site, special form, social networks and email. 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

One can find our methodology here (available in Ukrainian): https://voxukraine.org/uk/voxcheck-f-a-q/#quotes

One can find our Manual for Interns here (available in Ukrainian): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d7b0TmYBOlmE1Wr4M7yaocQWJU4_RUC8oh540_WdJDg/edit

One can find the up-to-date spreadsheet of the checked political statement here https://nepravda.org/. It is under the label "Завантажити базу" in the upper left corner.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The link to the page with the methodology is at the bottom of the front-page of the site https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/ .


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Most of claims analysed by me were about local elections in Ukraine that will be at the end of October 2020 and COVID-19, the importance is evident, the rest were connected to finances, economy, social issues, international relations and were socially important.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In case of controversial claims that are checked, VoxCheck tries to provide wide range of evidences that can both support and undermine the claim.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

It seems very clear that VoxCheck has equal, unbiased and neutral approach to the sources of claims as well as to the sources proving claims.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In some stories I saw the links to original links of disinforming claims and in some cases there were published statements of the politicians who were quoted incorrectly and became victims of disinformation in the claims that were checked. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We have a pop-up window on our website (https://voxukraine.org/uk/voxcheck/). So, everyone can suggest a claim by a politician or publication in the media to be fact-checked. We also receive suggestions through our email voxcheck@gmail.com. We are also open to communication in our social media. One can reach us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/) or Telegram through feedback bot (@voxcheck_feedbackbot). Also, we have a Google-form, which we promote on Facebook: https://forms.gle/eH3xaWvMyZmPEjgf8.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

There are several ways to submit the claim for checking including email, Google Form https://forms.gle/eH3xaWvMyZmPEjgf8 and via social networks. There is an explanation of the claims appropriate for factchecking on the https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/ .


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Please find the section for Error recognition policy here https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/#mistakes.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck has clear Error recognition policy here https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/#mistakes .


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The policy sets clearly how mistakes can be found, what and in which way they will be corrected. 

"VoxCheck staff are humans, not robots, and everyone can make a mistake. Our work is organized in a way enabling us to filter out possible errors (see “How VoxCheck checks politicians”), however, sometimes they still get published. We are grateful to the attentive readers and respect the facts. If you believe that VoxCheck has checked the quote of a politician inaccurately, please email us at voxcheck@gmail.com. Incorrect fact-checks will be reviewed again and updated on the voxukraine.org website with the corresponding mark."


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

In this article (available in Ukrainian, English, Russian) https://voxukraine.org/en/smells-like-medvedchuk-kremlin-propaganda-and-soviet-union/ , we did not correctly apply the legal provisions regarding the political advertisement. After the publication of the article, one of the analysts of the Ukrainian NGO "Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law" noticed our mistake and let us know. So, we corrected the mistake by crossing out the wrong text and adding the disclaimer explaining that mistake. We also let our readers on Facebook know about the corrections in the article by updating to the post (https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/posts/1168995946765242 - available in Ukrainian).

In this article (available in Ukrainian, English, Russian) https://voxukraine.org/uk/oskaru-ne-bude-analiz-filmu-rik-prezidenta-zelenskogo/, we used the wrong set of data for counting the adopted bills. One of the readers let us know about that. So, we corrected the mistake by crossing out the wrong text, adding the calculations based on the correct information, and adding the disclaimer that the original text has been edited. We also let our readers on Facebook know about the corrections in the article by writing a separate post (https://www.facebook.com/VoxCheck/posts/1195064870825016 - available in Ukrainian).

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The examples of the correction of mistakes provided by VoxCheck showed dedicated and responsible approach to the correction of mistakes and fair treating of the readers.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We indicate it here (available in English, Ukrainian, and Russian): https://voxukraine.org/en/voxcheck-f-a-q-2/.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

The IFCN logo and disclaimer are properly located at the beginning of the FAQ page. (See the screenshot)

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done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.

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.

VoxUkraine
18-Aug-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

VoxCheck is not a part of the media.

Oleg Khomenok Assessor
01-Oct-2020 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Since VoxUkraine is analytical platform and not the media, this criteria is not applicable.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Oleg Khomenok.