The code of principles' 1st year: a report
One year after the establishment of our verification process, being a signatory of the code of principles has become a badge of trustworthiness for audiences, researchers, donors and technology platforms. For instance, Facebook requires its third party fact-checking partners to be IFCN verified signatories.
The process has not been without challenges. With this document, we are sharing lessons and opportunity areas after the first year of applications. We are conscious that many other efforts are underway to whitelist or verify the accuracy and transparency of media outlets. It is not a simple task and we hope our shortcomings can help others do better.
We also reaffirm our openness to amend and improve the different parts of it. Fact-checking organizations are part of an increasingly complex information ecosystem. They too must be held accountable.