International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of principles
The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is committed to promoting excellence in fact-checking. We believe nonpartisan and transparent fact-checking can be a powerful instrument of accountability journalism; conversely, unsourced or biased fact-checking can increase distrust in the media and experts while polluting public understanding.
The code of principles is for organizations that regularly publish nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. It is the result of consultations among fact-checkers from around the world and offers conscientious practitioners principles to aspire to in their everyday work.
1. A COMMITMENT TO NONPARTISANSHIP AND FAIRNESS
We fact-check claims using the same standard for every fact check. We do not concentrate our fact-checking on any one side. We follow the same process for every fact check and let the evidence dictate our conclusions. We do not advocate or take policy positions on the issues we fact-check.
2. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF SOURCES
We want our readers to be able to verify our findings themselves. We provide all sources in enough detail that readers can replicate our work, except in cases where a source’s personal security could be compromised. In such cases, we provide as much detail as possible.
3. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF FUNDING & ORGANIZATION
We are transparent about our funding sources. If we accept funding from other organizations, we ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions we reach in our reports. We detail the professional background of all key figures in our organization and explain our organizational structure and legal status. We clearly indicate a way for readers to communicate with us.
4. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF METHODOLOGY
We explain the methodology we use to select, research, write, edit, publish and correct our fact checks. We encourage readers to send us claims to fact-check and are transparent on why and how we fact-check.
5. A COMMITMENT TO OPEN AND HONEST CORRECTIONS
We publish our corrections policy and follow it scrupulously. We correct clearly and transparently in line with our corrections policy, seeking so far as possible to ensure that readers see the corrected version.
This code of principles was launched on Sep. 15, 2016.
On Jan. 17, 2016, the IFCN introduced an application and vetting process.
This followed the announcement by Facebook that being a signatory to this code is a minimum condition for being accepted as a third-party fact-checker on the social network (more about that in this Q&A) and a consultation among existing signatories.
Organizations that had signed up before Jan. 17 will also have to go through this process. They are listed below. As organizations get verified, a new list will be generated. Being an unverified signatory in no way implies an endorsement from Poynter's IFCN or any of its members.
Verified signatories will be evaluated on the basis of their respect of the five principles through the process linked above at the date of application. Only organizations in the first list below have been verified. No further endorsement of their work should be presumed.
The effectiveness of this system in upholding signatories' standards will be kept under review.
- Africa Check (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal | Mar 8 2017 | application | assessment)
- FactCheck Georgia (Georgia | Mar 8 2017 | application and assessment)
- The Conversation FactCheck (Australia | Mar 8 2017 | application | assessment)
- The Washington Post Fact Checker (USA | Mar 8 2017 | application | assessment)
Unverified signatories list
- ABC News (USA) Added Dec. 13th
- Agência Lupa (Brazil)
- Agência Pública - Truco (Brazil) Added Sept. 16th
- Aos Fatos (Brazil)
- AP (USA) Added Dec. 15th
- Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Kosovo (Kosovo)
- Climate Feedback (USA) Added Dec. 5th
- Colombiacheck (Colombia) Added Nov. 11th
- Chequeado (Argentina)
- Demagog CZ (Czech Republic)
- Demagog PL (Poland)
- Doğruluk Payı (Turkey)
- El Deber Data (Bolivia)
- El Mercurio El Poligrafo (Chile)
- El Objetivo La Sexta (Spain)
- Factcheck.org (USA)
- FactCheck Northern Ireland (UK)
- FactCheck-Ukraine (Ukraine)
- FactChecker.in (India)
- FactsCan (Canada)
- Faktabaari (Finland)
- Full Fact (UK)
- GKillCity.com (Ecuador)
- Internews Kosova (Kosovo)
- Istinomer (Serbia)
- Melu Detektors (Latvia) Added Sept. 26th
- Metamorphosis Foundation (Macedonia)
- Observador (Portugal)
- Ojo Publico (Peru)
- Pagella Politica (Italy)
- Pesa Check (Kenya)
- PolitiFact (USA)
- Snopes (USA)
- South Asia Check (Nepal)
- TheJournal.ie (Ireland)
- UY Check (Uruguay)
- Valheenpaljastaja (Finland)
- VERA Files Fact Check (Philippines) Added Sept. 19th
- VoxUkraine (Ukraine)
- Zašto ne Istinomjer (Bosnia & Herzegovina)