Fast Check CL

Organization: Fast Check CL
Applicant: Fabián Padilla
Assessor: Ramón Salaverría

Background

Launched in October 2019, Fast Check CL is a media start-up to fact-checking in Chile. It is applying to be IFCN signatory for the first time.

Assessment Conclusion

After satisfactorily implementing a couple of improvements requested for criteria 4.3 and 4.4, Fast Check CL now meets all the criteria of the IFCN Code of Principles. Therefore, the recommendation to the IFCN Board is to ACCEPT the accreditation.

on 12-Feb-2021 (9 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Fast Check CL es una organización periodística de Chile, dedicada desde octubre de 2019 a la verificación informativa.

Después de implementar satisfactoriamente un par de mejoras solicitadas para los criterios 4.3 y 4.4, Fast Check CL ahora cumple con todos los criterios del Código de Principios de la IFCN. Por lo tanto, la recomendación a la Junta de la IFCN es ACEPTAR la acreditación. 

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Fast Check CL is a fact checking media project, legally registered as Tlön Comunicaciones SpA. Their legal representative is Mr. Fabián Padilla Arenas.

You can find this legal details in the home page, also more information in www.fastcheck.cl/nosotros/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL, a Chilean fact-checking organization operating since October 2019, has presented some evidence of its activities. However, as regards its legal status, more detailed information would be avisable in the applicant's website. On its 'about us' page (Nosotros), Fast Check CL just briefly refers to Tlön Comunicaciones SpA as its parent company. However, it does not provide any information about the legal status of that company or any link with more contextual information. For the purpose of this assessment, the applicant has provided, as needed, a document proof of its legal status (see criterion 4.4 of this application). We kindly suggest the applicant to link that document from the Fast Check CL website. 



done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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?

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

1. Fast Check CL was created in october 22, 2019, after a month of a several violent protests and riots. In this context, known as “Estallido Social” (Political turmoil), people began to spread a huge amount of viral misinformation and “fake news”. Because of this, we saw the need to found an Instagram profile, named Fast Check CL (@fastcheckcl), —inspired in fact checking discipline and the quickness who should publish— who fight desinformation, which was spread mostly on social media, about human rights, politics and public order. 

We spend the next three months fighting misinformation on social media channels, and because of this we earn 100.000 followers on Instagram in just one month (complety organic followers). This huge amount of readers proves that a fact checking project was complety necessary in our country. Also, credibility and trust in our media companies was crushing down since 2017. This fact boost our possibility to position Fast Check CL in news chilean ecosystem.

In 2020, the Universidad Alberto Hurtado give us the Premio Periodismo de Excelencia 2019 (Excelence Journalism Prize 2019), in honor to our contribution to chilean journalism.

If you want to read more about us, check: www.fastcheck.cl/historia/ 

2. Currently, the team is composed by five people: You can find us in www.fastcheck.cl/equipo/

· Fabián Padilla – Director y General Editor

· Jorge Vidal – Community Manager

· Isidora Osorio – Health Fact Checker 

· Paula Altamirano – Public Speech Fact Checker

· Isabel León – Volunteer.


3. We do fact checking and investigative journalism. Also Fast Check CL fight misinformation through educational social media post, in our channels, about private data uses, easy fact checking tools, fact checking advises, and more.

Another important part of our work is to assist to seminars or talks about democracy, journalism, and fact checking. Fast Check CL has presented their work on national radio and TV. Also we participate in differents virtual conversations during pandemic crisis about false health claims and viral misinformation coronavirus related.

We publish a fact checking toolkit with different apps to promote our journalism in youngest: www.fastcheck.cl/kit-de-verificacion/

During 2020, we promoted the first colaborative fact checking initiative with other 4 fact checking independent projects, called "Verifica Chile", to verify the Presidential Nacional Public Speech to the Congress: https://wwww.factcheckingcuentapublica.cl. Then, we present our learning lessons about this experience in 2020 MESO Congress.


4. We have three main goals in this coming year. The first one to get the IFCN Signatory, to further validate our work in Latin America and Chile. The second one is to create a sustainable journalism model, paid by our readers, based on subscription. The third one is popularize fact checking journalism in our country, and do it the ethical standard to Chilean journalism.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL has presented, in full detail, information about:

1. The year (2019) and the reasons why this fact-checking operation started. Information about the developments of this organization since it was launched is also available.

2. The amount of people (5) who work -either paid or voluntarily- for the organization, indicating their respective roles.

3. The different activities that are carried out by Fast Check CL.

4. The goals that Fast Check CL is pursuing, which comprise: 1) achieving the economic sustainability by setting up a subcrption-based business model, 2) keep popularizing fact-checking in Chile and 3) obtaining the IFCN accreditation.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Fast Check CL has publish 332 fact checks between april 2020 to january 2021. In average we have 8,7 fact checks per week in 38 weeks.

Files Attached
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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

As evidence of their uninterrupted fact-checking activity, Fast Check CL has presented a spreadsheet with 332 fact-checks performed over the eight months prior to the date of application (Apr. 2020 - Jan. 2021), totalling an average of 8.3 fact-checks per week. The additional details on these fact-checks have been also provided, with full clarity.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

As needed, more than 75% of the fact checks focus on claims related to issues that relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society in Chile. The topics covered comprise a wide array of issues -Government and national politics, foreign affairs, economy, army, justice, education, and social networks-, although over the period of this assessment (Apr. 2020 - Jan- 2021) many of the fact-checks concentrated on covid-19 pandemic, something very reasonable considering the circumstances and the special impact that this disease has got on Chile.. 


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Fast Check CL between 2019-2020 did not receive any funding from the Chilean State, or politics, or political parties from Chile or any other place. Also, Fast Check CL did not receive internacional funding of any kind. To see details, visit: www.fastcheck.cl/financiamiento                            
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

According to the information available on its website, over the slightly more than a year of activity, Fast Check CL has not received any funding from national or foreign states, nor from political parties or other relevant lobbying organizations. 


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago


Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL provides a transparent disclosure of all the relevant information about its income sources and funding scheme.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

(right wing) Macarena Santelices “No podemos desconocer lo bueno del Régimen Militar”: #Real: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/05/05/no-podemos-desconocer-lo-bueno-del-regimen-militar-macarena-santelices-real/ 

(left wing) Renato Garin: “Los parlamentarios de Revolución Democrática donan la mitad de su sueldo”: #Impreciso: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/05/07/los-parlamentarios-de-revolucion-democratica-donan-la-mitad-de-su-sueldo-impreciso/ 

(right wing) Sebastián Piñera sobre cajas de alimentos: “Vamos a llegar a cerca del 70% de las familias”: #Fake: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/05/22/sebastian-pinera-sobre-cajas-de-alimentos-vamos-a-llegar-a-cerca-del-70-de-las-familias-fake/ 

(left wing) Molécula DR-10 presentada por el presidente Nicolás Maduro “cura” el Covid-19: #Fake: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/12/03/molecula-dr-10-presentada-por-nicolas-maduro-cura-el-covid-19-fake/ 

(right wing) Karla Rubilar: “Nunca, nunca en este país se pensó en una inmunidad de rebaño”: #Fake: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/06/18/karla-rubilar-nunca-nunca-en-este-pais-se-penso-en-una-inmunidad-de-rebano-fake/ 

(left wing) Izkia Siches sobre muertos por Covid-19: “Somos el país con más fallecidos por habitantes en Latinoamérica”: #Real: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/07/07/izkia-siches-sobre-muertos-por-covid-19-somos-el-pais-con-mas-fallecidos-por-habitantes-en-latinoamerica-real/ 

(political center) Claudio Orrego “En este plebiscito votó más gente que en la segunda vuelta presidencial de 1999 entre Lagos y Lavín y la de Piñera y Guiller el 2017”: #Real: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/10/27/claudio-orrego-en-este-plebiscito-voto-mas-gente-que-en-la-segunda-vuelta-presidencial-de-1999-entre-lagos-y-lavin-y-la-de-pinera-y-guiller-el-2017-real/ 

(right wing) (Cristóbal Urruticoechea) Carabinero herido por “trampa vietnamita” de la Coordinadora Arauco-Malleco: #Fake : https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/08/10/carabinero-herido-por-trampa-vietnamita-de-la-coordinadora-arauco-malleco-fake/

(right wing) José Antonio Kast: “Hay muchos países que después de procesos electorales tuvieron alza en los contagios, República Dominicana y Serbia, entre otros”: #Real: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/09/22/jose-antonio-kast-hay-muchos-paises-que-despues-de-procesos-electorales-tuvieron-alza-en-los-contagios-republica-dominicana-y-serbia-entre-otros-real/

(right wing) Ministro Crístian Monckeberg: “Hoy día destruir un bus es gratis y no tiene sanción”: #Fake: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/12/15/hoy-dia-destruir-un-bus-es-gratis-y-no-tiene-sancion-fake/  


Fast Check CL uses the same high standards to the fact checking process of all these selected claims.

For example, we used the same Method to check claims on Izkia Siches, president of the Medical College of Chile (left wing) and José Antonio Kast, president of the Republican Party (right wing), about international data, who justify their opinion. In both cases we used transparent and open sources to verify the accuracy of their claims.

Also, we follow the same essential process in all the claims. We do an open call to our community to provide us with political statements and viral content to verify, from there we do an editorial selection of what we will fact check based on its relevance for Chilean citizens.

Then, our team evaluates if the claim is fact-checkeable according to our high standards. Finally, we consult all the available sources (original, alternative, official) to complete the process. Further we add rich content to complement the context in our piece.

Our results are based on evidence. For example, when President Sebastián Piñera told the country the government will reach 70% percent of the people with food boxes to fight the pandemic crisis, we just need to consult the official documents to dismiss their conclusion. Other examples are Siches, Kast, Maduro and Orrego claims, which are built with public and open source information to rate the claim with our system.


Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

When performing fact-checks, Fast Check CL applies a consistent and sound fact-checking methodology, backing the information with reliable links and covering issues with equivalent standars, regardless the ideological alignment of the institution, political party or person concerned. The non-partisanship has been adequately demonstrated by providing, as requested, ten examples of fact-checks to politicians of all the Chilean political spectrum. 


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

As requested, Fast Check CL has presented evidence of a page where it provides information about its non-partisanship and policy to avoid any unduly concentration of fact-checking on any ideological side.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago)


Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

After performing a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Feb. 2020 - Jan. 2021), the assessor has found no trace of any commercial interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of Fast Check CL. Nevertheless, in order to increase the transparency as regards such possible conflicts of interests, more detailed information about the ownership and commercial interests of its parent company (Tlön Comunicaciones SpA) would be advisable.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year, no trace was found of any political or ideological interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of Fast Check CL.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

www.fastcheck.cl/politica-de-imparcialidad under the subheading "Imparcialidad de Equipo"

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

As requested, the applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. According to this policy, "members have the right to have a political opinion and to be registered in political parties or movements", but this "should not affect the professional work they do" (asssesor's translation). The license given to staff members to be part of political parties or movements is controversial, as it could be source of conflicts of interests. In order to strengthen the policy on non-partisanship, this assessor kindly advises the applicant to adopt a more restrictive position in this regard. 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Thanks to the availability of these information resources, the users of Fast Check CL can easily verify the relevant information by themselves. After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous months, a very consistent and widespread use of links to back fact-checks was found. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

According to the assessor's knowledge, the sources used by Fast Check CL to back fact-checks are well diversified, relevant and sound. 


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL provides consistently details about the sources used to back its statements. After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Feb. 2020 - Jan. 2021), the overall assessment for this criterion is positive.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

When needed, Fast Check CL provides context adequately about the sources used to back the fact-checks, so that readers can easily detect any interests that could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Fast Check CL is an independent fact checking media project, legally registered as Tlön Comunicaciones SpA. All legal information is on the pdf which we attached here.

Files Attached
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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL belongs to the private, for-profit company Tlön Comunicaciones SpA, individually owned by the managing editor and publisher, Fabián Padilla. Legal information about the company's ownership has been adjuncted to this application, but it is not fully disclosed on the applicant's website. As suggested in the comments of criterion 1.1, such disclosure seems an advisable practice.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Although not very detailed, the information provided by Fast Check CL about its funding scheme is deemed sufficient. It discloses a list of funding sources, all of them donations, since the beginning of 2020, as well as the overall amount of money received. Considering the little amount of money of these donations, the lack of detail as regards the identity of donors is acceptable. As indicated in the assessment of criterion 4.1, Fast Check CL is bound to Tlön Comunicaciones SpA, a parent for-profit and non-partisan organization.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago)
Fast Check CL
10-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

www.fastcheck.cl/equipo

Fast Check CL, take the advice of IFCN assessor, expanding and improving the staff biographies. The url link es the same: www.fastcheck.cl/equipo 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL provides on its website a list of the staff members (3) and trainees (2). The information provided consists of a personal photo, role in the organization, education level, and email (not available in the case of the two trainees). No details are provided, however, about the professional biographies of the workers, their social media accounts and, especially, their possible bounds to political parties or activism movements. As this fact-checking organization allows membership of a political party by its staff members, for the sake of transparency, it would be advisable to disclose if any of the current (and future) staff members belong to any politcal party and/or movement. All in all, the information provided about the editorial team is deemed somewhat limited, so we kindly suggest to improve and expand it. 


cancel 4.3 marked as Request change by Ramón Salaverría.
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
12-Feb-2021 (9 months ago)

Original assessment (Feb. 5, 2021)
Fast Check CL provides on its website a list of the staff members (3) and trainees (2). The information provided consists of a personal photo, role in the organization, education level, and email (not available in the case of the two trainees). No details are provided, however, about the professional biographies of the workers, their social media accounts and, especially, their possible bounds to political parties or activism movements. As this fact-checking organization allows membership of a political party by its staff members, for the sake of transparency, it would be advisable to disclose if any of the current (and future) staff members belong to any politcal party and/or movement. All in all, the information provided about the editorial team is deemed somewhat limited, so we kindly suggest to improve and expand it. 

Updated assessment (Feb. 12, 2021)
Fast Check CL provides on its website a list of the staff members (3) and trainees (2). As a result of a request from the IFCN assessor, the applicant expanded notably the information available about the workers and their biographies. It also added disclosures of non-membership to political parties, a possibility allowed by the policies of this organization. As a result of these improvements, this criterion is assessed as compliant.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Fast Check CL
10-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

www.fastcheck.cl/equipo 


Fast Check CL, take the advise of IFCN assessor and we add in this section the complete content of our Team webpage (Spanish only). Each journalist and trainees develop a short biographie of their career, and declare if they have any political bond with an organization. In this case, none of our team members have a bond with a political organization.

But, as you can read in https://www.fastcheck.cl/politica-de-imparcialidad/ our impartiality is a huge commitment with our readers.

Staff biographies:

Fabián Padilla

Periodista de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Especialista en marketing digital y comunicación estratégica. Ha desarrollado su vida laboral asesorando empresas, organizaciones sociales (chilenas e internacionales), personas, gobiernos locales y nacionales. Es fundador de www.fastcheck.cl: ganador del Premio Periodismo de Excelencia 2019 en categoría Digital – Innovación. Fundador de la iniciativa #VerificaChile: el primer fact-checking colaborativo a la Cuenta Pública del Presidente de la República 2020; www.factcheckingcuentapublica.cl. 

Fue consultor en comunicación estratégica para EDF (Temas Públicos), Jefe de marketing digital en Comunidad Limpia (2019), asesor de discurso y contenido en el gabinete del Ministerio de Educación (2014-2018), asesor digital en Municipalidad de Providencia (2013). He sido expositor sobre fact checking y desinformación para Google + Municipalidad de Quilicura, Fundación Colunga, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Concepción, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Universidad Andrés Bello, entre otras instituciones públicas y privadas.

No tengo vínculos políticos con partidos o movimientos chilenos y extranjeros.

* Editor general de www.fastcheck.cl y director del medio. 

* Correo: fabian@mail.fastcheck.cl

Paula Altamirano

Mi nombre es Paula Altamirano Ortíz, soy una mujer de letras desde que tengo uso de razón. Soy periodista de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile, lugar donde junto a otros colegas, a través del premio de la bidireccionalidad de la Vicerrectoría de Vinculación con el Medio junto a la Facultad de Humanidades, fundamos la radio comunitaria “Re-conexión”, y levantamos una serie de iniciativas para fomentar el conocimiento e información sobre temas de política, género, deporte y medioambiente.

He incursionado en el periodismo corporativo, comunitario y de medios, como en Las Últimas Noticias.

No tengo vínculos políticos con partidos o movimientos chilenos y extranjeros.

* Coordinadora de fact checking de discurso público.

* Correo: paltamirano@mail.fastcheck.cl

Isidora Osorio

Mi nombre es Isidora Osorio, periodista de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Trabajé como investigadora en el Premio InspiraTec del Ministerio de Economía de Chile, en el programa Mi Barrio de Canal 13 y fui finalista del premio Periodismo de Excelencia de la Universidad Alberto Hurtado (2018).

Mi gran pasión son analizar temas con datos, hacer fact checking y descubrir cosas nuevas en ciencia y salud.

No tengo vínculos políticos con partidos o movimientos chilenos y extranjeros.

* Coordinadora de verificación de salud y ciencia.

* Correo: iosorio@mail.fastcheck.cl

Jorge Vidal

Soy Jorge Vidal, periodista de la Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción. 

Me incorporé a Fast Check CL, tras conocer su trabajo en Verifica Chile, iniciativa masiva de fact checking liderada por este medio. Me encanté con la idea de participar y ser un aporte al periodismo chileno.

Me desempeñé como editor radial en la Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (UCSC) Radio durante más de tres años, también he publicado reportajes y notas de investigación judicial en el diario El Penquista Ilustrado.

Durante mi formación académica fui seleccionado para publicar un foto reportaje en Bio Bio Chile, el cual fue destacado a nivel regional. Además fui ayudante de la cátedra “Radio ll” por un año en la universidad.

No tengo vínculos políticos con partidos o movimientos chilenos y extranjeros.

* Coordinador del área de comunidad y community manager.

* Verificador de contenido.

* Correo: jvidal@mail.fastcheck.cl

Isabel León

Soy Isabel León, estudiante en práctica de periodismo de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Durante mi carrera universitaria realicé trabajos de verificación de datos y discurso público para Fact Checking UC, uno de las iniciativas independientes de fact checking universitario más importantes del país. Además, colaboré en Red Estudiantil de Información (REI CHILE), iniciativa de periodismo en redes sociales, que fue finalista del Premio Periodismo de Excelencia – Digital (2019).

No tengo vínculos políticos con partidos o movimientos chilenos y extranjeros.

Tengo mucho interés en los temas de periodismo de investigación, medioambiente y derechos humanos.

* Practicante del equipo de verificación.

* Correo: contacto@fastcheck.cl

Delanie Vásquez

Soy Delanie Vásquez, estudiante de último año de periodismo en la Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción. Trabajé como editora y reportera en el medio independiente Vitácora: La Revolución de la Cultura. Actualmente soy community manager en @Hechoenconce. Mis temas favoritos son estrategias comunicacionales para redes sociales.

No tengo vínculos políticos con partidos o movimientos chilenos y extranjeros.

* Practicante del equipo de Comunidad como community manager.

* Correo: contacto@fastcheck.cl 


Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

As noted in the assessment of criterion 4.3, the information on staff members and trainees is just a brief description of their past education and current role in the applicant organization. It does not include their professional biographies. We advise Fast Check CL to provide full information about their staff, revealing any possible links with political parties, and including a summary of their professional career and means of contact.


cancel 4.4 marked as Request change by Ramón Salaverría.
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
12-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Original assessment (Feb. 5, 2021):
As noted in the assessment of criterion 4.3, the information on staff members and trainees is just a brief description of their past education and current role in the applicant organization. It does not include their professional biographies. We advise Fast Check CL to provide full information about their staff, revealing any possible links with political parties, and including a summary of their professional career and means of contact.

Updated assessment (Feb. 12, 2021):
As indicated in the re-assessment of criterion 4.3, the improvements on the information about the workers have been adequately adopted. Now the information available is much more transparent and complete. Therefore, this criterion is also assessed as compliant.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL provides several means of contact, which comprise email, several social media profiles and a WhatsApp number. 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL openly discloses its fact-checking methodology and the criteria to qualify  content as 'real', 'vague', 'false' or 'unverifiable'. This methodology, inspired in the procedures developed by well-established fact-checking organizations  -Politifact (U.S.), Chequeado (Argentina), Full Fact (UK), and First Draft (U.S.) are mentioned by the applicant as reference-, is deemed sound and reliable. 


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Based on a random review of a number of fact-checks published over several months prior to this assessment, enough examples have been found that Fast Check CL selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Drawing upon a number of randomly selected fact-checks published by the applicant organization, the assessor has come to the conclusion that Fast Check CL commits to transparency and fairness when processing claims. 


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

No evidence has been found of the eventual usage of different standards for fact-checking, depending on who made the claim, or the subject checked.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

In the random sample of fact-checks used for this assessment, the assessor has found indeed several examples (see: 1, 2) when the applicant organization has contacted those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence. In absence of any apparent misbehaviour or infringement by Fast Check CL of this criterion of the Code of Principles, the assessment is deemed as compliant.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

In Fast Check CL we encourage our users to send claims and all kinds of misinformation through our social media channels, as mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Discord, and WhatsApp. Also we encourage our users to read all the politics in our web site. Finally, we include an specific URL answering wich content can and cannot be fact checked here: www.fastcheck.cl/inchequeable 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

As requested, Fast Check CL has provided evidence on how it encourages users to propose claims to check, provide data and knowledge, as well as warn about possible errors in their team’s checks. Both the corrections policy and the criteria to determine which claims can be verified and which can not, are deemed sound.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL has a sound corrections policy. It allows users to send claims and corrections by email. In case a mistake has been found by anyone, the organization commits itself to responding to these claims within 48 hours and to publish a clear correction or update of the fact-check. In order to improve this aspect, we suggest them to expand these means of submitting corrections to social media accounts and/or messaging apps.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The corrections policy is explained in reasonable detail, so that users can know in advance how their claims will be handled and how much time might take to get response.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Fast Check CL contemplates within its journalistic work the maximum rigor and accuracy in its publications, that is why we have a policy of corrections to rectify and update the information whenever necessary, encouraging the community to actively participate in this process of content production.


An example of this is the correction included in the post entitled: “Veganos y vegetarianos representan el 14% de la población de Chile: #Impreciso”: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/12/22/veganos-y-vegetarianos-representan-el-14-de-la-poblacion-en-chile-impreciso/  This time we correct a percentage included in the post after its publication.

On a second occasion, our social media community warned us of a content error in the post titled: “Pacientes con rellenos faciales han presentado efectos secundarios a la vacuna moderna: #Real”: https://www.fastcheck.cl/2020/12/30/pacientes-con-rellenos-faciales-han-presentado-efectos-secundarios-a-la-vacuna-de-moderna-real/  This correction required a modification of the original title and a subsequent explanation included in the post.


Every time Fast Check CL adds a correction to its posts, these are at the beginning of the post, they are written in italics and include the date of rectification. You can check the correction policy at the following link: https://www.fastcheck.cl/politica-de-correcciones 

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

As requested, Fast Check CL has presented evidence of two corrections (see: 1, 2) made over the time frame considered for this assessment. The corrections are clearly highlighted and labeled as such.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Fast Check CL is not an existing IFCN signatory.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

The evidence indicated in this criterion is not required, as Fast Check CL is not an existing IFCN signatory.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Fast Check CL
18-Jan-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Fast Check CL is not a fact checking unit of a media company.  

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
05-Feb-2021 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Fast Check CL is bound to a parent company, Tlön Comunicaciones SpA. According to the information provided by the applicant organization, so far the only media start-up launched by that parent company is Fast Check CL. Therefore, the corrections policy of the applicant is the only one ruling both the applicant and the parent company. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.