The Fact checking Project
In the information age and the growing trend of social media engagement, it is getting more difficult to distinguish between real and fake news; hence, fact checking has gained unprecedented importance in our lives. This is especially necessary in closed and undemocratic societies where, in the absence of free and independent media, state-controlled outlets and organs systematically disseminate false and misleading information with a seemingly credible façade.
The Association for Promotion of Open Society (APOS) has focused, within this project, on fact checking and truth evaluation of news disseminated by the Islamic Republic. This project evaluates reports and news released by the IR’s officials on a variety of topics such as sanctions, social statistics, bureaucratic corruption and so on. The products of this project are made available to the public inside and outside of Iran in simple terms but the most precise and evidential manner.
Fact checking is conducted through the evaluation of claims against facts and available truths. The APOS employs credible domestic and international resources to fact check such official claims and data. The process can be broken down into three segments: “selection of topics”, “finding the best method of evaluation”, and “Rating”. The “rating” consists of four grades: factual, misleading, unverifiable, and incorrect.
The selection process
The statements made by the natural and legal persons in the Islamic republic and its institutions, and the military can be the subject of our fact checking. We prioritize topics based on the perceived importance of the issue, the general public’s curiosity, and the controversies around them.
The research and evaluation
After selecting the topic, we begin the research on the factfulness of the news. Then the fact checking gets started by using the domestic and international databanks and experts’ opinions. The quality and credibility of the data and information will be assessed in light of the most credible sources of knowledge and facts.
The results of the fact checking will be translated into a four-grade rating:
- Factual: The claim matches and meets the available sources and known information.
- Misleading: The claim tries to mislead public opinion.
- Unverifiable: The claim essentially cannot be evaluated or assessed.
- Incorrect: The claim contradicts the data, facts, and all other credible sources.
Collaborate with us
You can email us at [email protected] and assist us in all steps of the selection and/or evaluation processes.