Youturn

Organization: Youturn
Applicant: Iyan Karthikeyan
Assessor: Kanchan Kaur

Background

The applicant is a legally registered organization exclusively set up for the purpose of fact checking. It is involved in a few related activities as well, like training in fact checking and so on. It publishes a wide range of public-interest fact checks quite regularly and has done so, at the rate of more than one fact check a week, in the last three months. It does not have a parent media company.

It has stated that it has not received any funding or support from politicians or political parties, or, for that matter, from foreign or local political actors. It clearly details funding.

The applicant’s methodology is pretty consistent—it uses the same standards and processes for equivalent claims—and has been laid out clearly on its website. It has not supported or protested any policy decisions. It has an unambiguous non-partisanship policy for its staff, a copy of which has been made available.

Readers can usually replicate fact checks, since sources are clearly mentioned and links provided. However, it would help to explain how to access those links it uses as evidence—key word or reverse image searches, especially in the case of videos. This is all the more needed because the applicant aims to spread the canon of fact checking, as it were, by training people on fact-checking. Sources are usually direct, and when they are not, they are public, easily accessible and multiple.

The applicant’s website clearly lists out key people and their biographies. It also explains how the organisational hierarchy works—how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

The applicant invites claims to be fact-checked. It does this through links at the end of each article it fact-checks, the About Us—Submit A Claim section, as well as on the Contact Us page.

It provides relevant evidence on both sides—that support the claim and that might undermine the claim. It is quite transparent about its sources and its ability to access them.

It is also quite forthright about its correction policy, which plainly states how major mistakes are handled. At the end of each article, the website displays a Report Article button that leads to the Corrections page. All corrections and revisions are clear and upfront.


Assessment Conclusion

The application may be accepted. 

on 06-May-2020 (4 months ago)

Kanchan Kaur assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

I think this may have to be filled in by the applicant. 

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Youturn is a legally registered that is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking. The same along with the registration certificate is available for the users to view on the about us page of our website. Please find the link where the registration certificate is displayed - https://youturn.in/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/YouTurn-Registration-2.pdf

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant is a legally registered organisation. An online verification of the registration is available through a link on its website. 


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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?

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

1. In 2015, Social media was booming and creating a huge impact all around. Exactly around that year in Tamil Nadu, Chennai floods happened and brought people together around via social media. But at the same time, several rumors that were going rounds majorly in social media impacted the society negatively. This made us fact-check the claims that are viral in social media which would have a severe impact on people if it goes without debunking. There were several claims during this critical time that were fake, myths, conspiracy stories were circulated as real news on social media. This paved a way for us to kick start fact-checking which was a need of the hour then. We got ourselves registered in 2017 officially. Our mission is to fact-check media content in a transparent, unbiased manner and to create awareness of fake news.

2. We are a team of 3 full-time employees, 2 volunteers and a team of advisors on their field of expertise (like Doctors, Polices officials, Lawyers, and IAS/IPS officers).

It is our Founder’s thought to form this organization and he plays a major role in creating a framework for fact-checking and guiding the team.

The editor takes care of the complete editorial part and manages the social media pages, Google News Initiative training, training students on fact-checking and other such events.

Our Multimedia Specialist works on creating memes (Images and Videos) for each fact-check in an easy way to reach social media (FB pages, Instagram and Twitter), followers. Sub-Editor is the one who creates and publishes all fact-checked articles.

Our volunteers are research analysts who assist in fact-checking the claims and gathering sources of information with the help of technology.

Expertise Advisors will be reached on a need basis to seek advice and clarity on sensitive topics (Eg: COVID-19 related fake news (on medicines and treatments) were debunked and reviewed with doctors before publishing sensitive information).

3. YouTurn’s main activity is fact-checking. Our activities revolve around fact-checking and publishing the claims that we receive, respond to those who submit a claim, suggestions or feedback, publish the same fact-checked articles in the form of Images (Memes) and videos for easy understanding, involve in Google News Initiative training, train students on fact-checking, attend fact-checking related interviews. We also create and publish general news articles apart from fact-checking and are categorized under “Articles” on website.

Other Activities:

Youturn also created and released the Rubimath app with the help of Tech volunteers (Android mobile app which has maths tutorial video by Maths teacher - Rubi Teresa) for students to learn maths in an easy way.

https://youturn.in/articles/rubi-teacher-easy-maths.html

YouTurn Editor (Iyan Karthikeyan) also conducts self-defense classes for women safety under “Kuyili Program” at Corporate level.

4. We are on track in publishing a minimum of 15 fact-checked articles per week in Tamil. We also have an idea of publishing all our articles in English so that it can reach a wider range of audiences. The major goal for us this year is to increase our team volume in order to fact-check and publish more articles and to translate all our articles in English. We also have plans on upgrading our website to multilingual or bilingual so that users can switch to any language they prefer. Also, we intend to create a mobile application (Both Android and iOS). We have planned to create tutorials in video format on debugging fake news and to conduct sessions in colleges and schools. So our goal for this year, in a nutshell, is to upgrade ourselves technically, conduct more awareness events and increase our team size.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has indicated when the organisation was started and listed people who work in the organisation, with their roles. The application also indicates that the organisation is involved in activities peripheral to fact-checking, including training people on fact-checking, publishing articles. The applicant is also involved in tech and education, having created an app for teaching math. It is looking toward taking its experience further in the coming year. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

We are constantly publishing no less than 15 fact-checked articles per week since our initiation in 2017. Here is the spreadsheet that has 26 randomly selected links on a weekly basis along with the details expected.

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Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has published a wide range of fact-checks, nearly all in the public interest, in the last three months. This publication has been quite regular--more than one a week. 


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

On average, 80% to 85% of our fact-checks are focussing on the claims related to issues that have an impact on society. The rest of the fact-checks are focusing on the claims related to History and Literature in order to make people understand the truths and myths.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Most of the fact checks made by the applicant revolve around claims that are in the public interest. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Youturn is an independent organization that is self-funded and relies completely on the advertising revenue, income from the articles that get published and membership subscriptions. We do not have any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship to the state, politicians or political parties in India or all over the world. We also have not received and will not receive any financial support from foreign as well as local state or political actors.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has stated that it has not received any funding or support from politicians or political parties, or, for that matter, from foreign or local political actors. It would, however, help to explain the loan of Rs. 106,000. Where did the applicant take this from--a bank/financial institution, etc? Also, could the applicant please explain if any subscription amounted to more than Rs. 5,000 at one go. 


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We are not receiving funding from a local or foreign state or political sources.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The organisation states that it receives no funding from foreign state or political sources. 


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We fact-check claims no matter if it supports or against any party or person. We also fact-check all the claims and create articles providing the sources that support the fact-checks. The sources that we refer are authenticate, hence maintaining high standards. We follow the same essential process in fact-checking any claim say political or medical or whatever category it belongs to. Also please refer to the ‘Proof Links’ column that lists the sources referred at the end of each article. All our fact-checked articles maintain the same process and standard and the same can be checked in the Factcheck section of our webpage. Below is the list of 10 fact-checked articles published over the past year that demonstrates our non-partisanship. We have listed sample articles in which the claims were made by reputed news channel/person/authority, claims that supports and against state and national ruling political parties, religion, etc.,

1. https://youturn.in/factcheck/bjp-candidate-votes.html

2. https://youturn.in/factcheck/eritrea-multiple-wives.html

3. https://youturn.in/factcheck/rare-suraga-bird-video.html

4. https://youturn.in/factcheck/india-gate-muslims-soldiers.html

5. https://youturn.in/factcheck/wuhan400-noval-prediction.html

6. https://youturn.in/factcheck/indira-gandhi-muslims.html

7. https://youturn.in/factcheck/thirumavalavan-sit-on-the-floor.html

8. https://youturn.in/factcheck/minister-rajendirabalaji-marvadi.html

9. https://youturn.in/factcheck/manipur-bjp-mla.html

10. https://youturn.in/factcheck/vellore-ibrahim-viral-video.html

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The ten fact checks provided over the last year show that the applicant uses the same standards of evidence for equivalent claims and follows, more or less, the same process for every fact check. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Please refer Category – ‘Fact-Checking Methodology’ on this link - https://youturn.in/about-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant clearly explains its fact-checking methodology on the About Us page of its website. The explanation is clear and unambiguous. 


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Pieces of evidence related to the article are clearly explained in the article. And the same is given as links under 'Proof Liks' at the end of all the articles. Archived links of the sources are also provided in the article for the readers to view in case the link is removed later.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has not declared any conflict of interest with sources that could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. Nearly all sources that have been quoted by the applicant are independent. 


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Youturn is an independent organization and is not affiliated or supports any party, any politician or political candidate. It also does not advocate for or against any policy positions on any political issues.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has shown that it is not affiliated nor supports any political party or politician. It has not advocated for or against any policy positions. 


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Please refer Category ‘Policy on Political Involvement’ on this page - https://youturn.in/about-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant, on its website, has clearly stated a non-partisanship policy for staff and has attached a copy of a sample letter issued to staff outlining a non-partisanship policy. 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The users need not blindly follow what the article says but can verify the information themselves using the links provided in the 'Proof Links' section of the articles.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has identified all sources of evidence used in their fact checks. In nearly all fact checks, readers can replicate the fact checks. It would help for the applicant to explain how it found the links it uses as evidence--key word searches, reverse image searches and so on, especially in the case of videos. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

All our articles hold the sources of evidence including available primary and secondary sources with a clear explanation.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has used primary sources in most of its fact checks. It has also used secondary sources that are easily accessible, and that, in most cases, are quite reliable. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We fact-check all the elements in the received claims including a minute data and explain in our article on which is true and which is not with enough sources of evidence.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has checked main elements of claims with more than one source of evidence. 


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Sources of the evidence are carefully picked and are readily available for the readers to view at the end of each fact-checks under the section 'Proof Links'

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Most sources that the applicant has used are either public, or publicly available. The reader can easily deduce if sources had interests that may influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. 


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Youturn is a legally registered organization and does not depend on any other organization. Please refer to the attachment of the registration certificate. 

Files Attached
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Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has been registered, legally as an independent organisation. 


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
04-May-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Please refer to Category – 'Funding' on this page - https://youturn.in/about-us 

We have not received any subscriptions above Rs.5000 so far. We have also been receiving subscriptions via 'Paytm' and 'Instamojo' in 2019, where the funds received overall would get transferred to our bank account as a single transaction. In order to give a clear picture of our subscription details, we have attached the 'Paytm' and 'Instamojo' transaction statements for your perusal. We also didn't receive any funding from the state, a political party, or politician. 

Transactions that are described as 'Loan' are the amount received as debt from our Founder in order to settle salary and other basic expenses when we didn't have sufficient inflow. The amount mentioned as 'Loan' is to be repaid once we have proper inflow. Please find attached our bank statement for the year 2019, which gives the complete details of our transactions. Also please refer to the excel file that holds the credit and loan details for the year 2019. The attached file 'Youturn Bank Statement_2019' is the original file where the other files attached are the split-up of the transactions received through 'Paytm' and 'Instamojo'.

Youturn
04-May-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Please refer to Category – 'Funding' on this page - https://youturn.in/about-us 

We have not received any subscriptions above Rs.5000 so far. We have also been receiving subscriptions via 'Paytm' and 'Instamojo' in 2019, where the funds received overall would get transferred to our bank account as a single transaction. In order to give a clear picture of our subscription details, we have attached the 'Paytm' and 'Instamojo' transaction statements for your perusal. We also didn't receive any funding from the state, a political party, or politician. 

Transactions that are described as 'Loan' are the amount received as debt from our Founder in order to settle salary and other basic expenses when we didn't have sufficient inflow. The amount mentioned as 'Loan' is to be repaid once we have proper inflow. Please find attached our bank statement for the year 2019, which gives the complete details of our transactions. Also please refer to the excel file that holds the credit and loan details for the year 2019. The attached file 'Youturn Bank Statement_2019' is the original file where the other files attached are the split-up of the transactions received through 'Paytm' and 'Instamojo'.

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Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant clearly details funding, and has explained all slightly large credits to its account. It has also indicated that the organisation is legally registered as a services company. 


cancel 4.2 marked as Request change by Kanchan Kaur.
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
06-May-2020 (4 months ago)

The applicant clearly details funding, and has explained all slightly large credits to its account. It has also indicated that the organisation is legally registered as a services company. 


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
04-May-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Please refer to Category – ‘Team behind Youturn’ on this page - https://youturn.in/about-us

Organizational structure is displayed as an image under the 'Team behind Youturn' section. The team is categorized into two - 1. Management Team, 2. Editorial Team. The proprietor, Mr. Kalidasan is the one who owns the Organization and is funding the Company. He comes under the Management Part of the Company. It's the idea of our Founder, Mr. Vignesh to start the organization and he is the advisor of the Organization. The management team has given complete freedom of decision authority to the Editorial team in order to provide unbiased fact-checks. The editorial team is lead by Mr. Iyan Karthikeyan. He is our Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief and is the sole responsible person for the editorial part, where the proprietor or Founder doesn't exercise editorial control in any way. Our Sub-Editor creates and published articles once it is verified by our Editor-in-Chief. Research Analysts research and fact check the claims. Multimedia Specialist takes care of the memes and video section. Sub-editor, Research Analysts, and Multimedia Specialist report to the Editor. (The same explanation is added on the website now)

Youturn
04-May-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Please refer to Category – ‘Team behind Youturn’ on this page - https://youturn.in/about-us

Organizational structure is displayed as an image under the 'Team behind Youturn' section. The team is categorized into two - 1. Management Team, 2. Editorial Team. The proprietor, Mr. Kalidasan is the one who owns the Organization and is funding the Company. He comes under the Management Part of the Company. It's the idea of our Founder, Mr. Vignesh to start the organization and he is the advisor of the Organization. The management team has given complete freedom of decision authority to the Editorial team in order to provide unbiased fact-checks. The editorial team is lead by Mr. Iyan Karthikeyan. He is our Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief and is the sole responsible person for the editorial part, where the proprietor or Founder doesn't exercise editorial control in any way. Our Sub-Editor creates and published articles once it is verified by our Editor-in-Chief. Research Analysts research and fact check the claims. Multimedia Specialist takes care of the memes and video section. Sub-editor, Research Analysts, and Multimedia Specialist report to the Editor. (The same explanation is added on the website now)

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

The applicant has explained how the organisational hierarchy works. It has also done this on the website, explaining how and by whom editorial control is exercised. 


cancel 4.3 marked as Request change by Kanchan Kaur.
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
06-May-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has explained how the organisational hierarchy works. It has also done this on the website, explaining how and by whom editorial control is exercised. 


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Please refer Category – ‘Team behind Youturn’ on this page - https://youturn.in/about-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant's website clearly lists the people who work in the organisation, with their biographies. 


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Users can communicate with any of our team members using the contact page for which the link is mentioned here - https://youturn.in/contact-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant's website has a contact us page that has a form for people to fill up and contact them, or send a claim to fact check. It has a link to the same page at the end of each fact-checked article. 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Please refer Category – 'Fact-Checking Methodology' on this link - https://youturn.in/about-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant's fact-checking methodology is clearly explained on its website. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The claims are prioritized based on the importance and the articles are published after fact-checking. What would happen if the claim seems to spread further is explained in the articles whenever needed.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant has checked claims that are reasonably important to its readership and have spread far within it. 


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Relevant evidence to prove or to disprove any claim is provided in the articles.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant provides relevant evidence both in support of the claim and that appears to undermine the claim. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We fact-check claims the same way for all the claims regardless of who made the claim. Similarly, sources are provided in all the articles regardless of what the claim is or who made it.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant applies the same standards to all equivalent claims, irrespective of who made the claims. 


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We have tried to contact the person who have made the claim or whose information is in the claim whenever needed. We publish our articles with the evidence that we collect and also will attach the conversation with the person (hiding the identity sometimes) if needed. But we do not contact for all the claims since we initially look for evidence and the contact will be made only if we think is necessary. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant usually mentions that it has contacted the person who made the claim, but it goes ahead and continues with the fact checks, whether or not the person/organisation responds. It focuses on finding evidence to support or debunk the claim. 


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Please refer to the section 'Submit a Claim' on this link - https://youturn.in/about-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant encourages readers to send claims to check. This is primarily through the Contact Us page, which it links to buttons in the About Us--Submit A Claim section, as well as at the end of each fact check. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Please refer to the section 'Corrections Policy' on this link - https://youturn.in/about-us

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant's website clearly mentions a corrections policy, in its About Us page. At the end of each article/fact-check, it has a Report Article button that leads to the Corrections Policy page. 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We are open for corrections and the policy for the same can be viewed on our website.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant adheres to its policy of making corrections. It clearly states how major mistakes are handled, including revision of conclusions of fact checks. 


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago)

Here is the list of articles that we have made corrections so far.

1. https://youturn.in/factcheck/century-palm-tree.html

Here, one of our users have provided an additional relevant information in one of our social media pages on the claim and the same is added in the update column of the article.

2. https://youturn.in/factcheck/thevar-golwalkar-madurai-visit.html

Here, one of the political people mentioned us in his Twitter posts claiming that the information provided in the article is untrue. Clarification on the same is explained in the Update column of this article.

3. https://youturn.in/factcheck/saravana-store-price-issue.html

The 'Update' column in this fact-checked article has additional details on the issue that we have gathered after publishing the article.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

All corrections and updates have been made openly and transparently, clearly mentioning the need for them and evidences provided by readers or others that necessitate the correction. The corrections and revised versions are clearly and easily accessible. 


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We are not an existing signatory.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant is not an existing signatory, so it does not need the link just now. One would have to review the website later, if its application is accepted, to see if this criteria is met. 


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

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.

Youturn
21-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

We are an independent organization.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
27-Apr-2020 (4 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

The applicant is an independent organisation and does not have a parent media company. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Kanchan Kaur.