Fast Check CL

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

Background

Operating in Chile since 2019, Fast Check CL is a fact-checking organization that became IFCN signatory in 2021. 

Assessment Conclusion

Fast Check CL fully complies with all the criteria of the IFCN Code of Principles.The recommendation to the Board is to renew the accreditation.

on 22-Aug-2022 (7 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Activo en Chile desde 2019, Fast Check CL es una organización de verificación informativa que se convirtió en signataria de IFCN en 2021.

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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL is a fact-checking media outlet, legally registered as Tlön Comunicaciones SpA. Their legal representative is Mr. Fabián Padilla Arenas.You can find these legal details on the footer's home page, also more information on our about page: www.fastcheck.cl/nosotros/.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Launched in 2019 in social media and since 2020 as a website, Fast Check CL is a Chilean fact-checking organization, owned by Tlön Comunicaciones SpA, a for-profit company. The identity of the owning company is clearly indicated in several sections of the applicant's website, such as the About us and Finance pages. For the purpose of this assessment, the requested legal information has been attached by the applicant to the information provided at criterion 4.1. For future renewals of the IFCN accreditation, the applicant is kindly invited to link that same document at the Fast Check CL website, at least in the About us page. 


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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 create 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.

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

2. Currently, our team is composed of five people: You can find this information at: www.fastcheck.cl/equipo/

· Fabián Padilla – CEO & Editor-in-chief

· Isidora Osorio – Deputy editor

· Elias Miranda – Journalist/Fact checker

· Maximiliano Echegoyen — Journalist/Fact checker

· Gretel Goecke — Journalist/Community Manager

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 in seminars or virtual talks about democracy, journalism, and fact-checking. Fast Check CL has presented their work on national radio and TV. Also, we participate in different virtual conversations during the pandemic crisis and election issues.

4. We have three main goals for this coming year: 1) The first goal is to create a sustainable journalism model to keep Fast Check CL safe. 2) The second goal is to expand Fast Check CL to other countries in Latin America: Perú and Bolivia, most probably. 3) Our final goal is to create an educational department, to promote and create new initiatives to help our educational Chilean system to fight misinformation from kids to teachers and parents.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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 for the organization, indicating their respective roles. In 2022, the amount of members remains the same as in 2021.

3. The different activities that are being carried out by Fast Check CL, which comprise both fact-checking and media literacy.

4. The goals that Fast Check CL is pursuing in the season 2022-23, which comprise: 1) keep trying to ensure the economic sustainability of the organization, 2) setting up international collaborations with other similar organizations, and 3) expanding the media literacy initiatives, by setting up an educational department aimed mostly at young people in Chile, as well as their families and teachers.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL has published 249 fact checks between February 1, 2022, to august 3, 2022.

On average we have 9,75 fact checks per week in this period.

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After reviewing the list of fact-checks published by Fast Check CL, comprised of up to 249 fact-checking articles performed over the six months prior to the date of application (Feb. 2022 - Jul. 2022), it has been confirmed that the applicant is clearly above the threshold, as it publishes on average ten fact-checks a week.


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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

As needed, more than three quarters of the fact checks published over the period assessed focused 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 comprise a very diverse set of topics (politics, health, foreign affairs...) from Chile and abroad. During the period assessed, the most significant number of fact-checks were focused on national politics, Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL from 2019 to our present day, did not receive any funding from the Chilean State, politics, political parties from Chile, or any other political organization. Also, Fast Check CL did not receive international funding from other foreign states or political organizations. To see details, visit: www.fastcheck.cl/financiamiento   

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

According to the declaration provided for this assessment and the information available in the applicant's website, Fast Check CL did not have any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationships with the Chilean state, politicians or political parties over the year assessed. 


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL from 2019 to our present day, did not receive any funding from the Chilean State, politics, political parties from Chile, or any other political organization. Also, Fast Check CL did not receive international funding from other foreign states or political organizations. To see details, visit: www.fastcheck.cl/financiamiento

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL provides a transparent disclosure of all the relevant information about its income sources and funding scheme, committing itself to avoid any interference from any local or foreign state or political sources.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1) (right wing) “Boric votó a favor de los cuatro retiros y ahora se oponen al quinto”: #Real. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/03/24/boric-voto-a-favor-de-los-cuatro-retiros-y-ahora-se-oponen-al-quinto-real/

2) (left wing) “Boric Mandó A Sacar Todas Las Imágenes De La Virgen En La Moneda”: #Falso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/03/23/boric-mando-a-sacar-todas-las-imagenes-de-la-virgen-en-la-moneda-falso/

3) (left wing) “42 Convencionales No Terminaron Los Estudios Secundarios”: #Falso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/04/19/42-convencionales-no-terminaron-los-estudios-secundarios-falso/

4) (right wing) (Imagen) José Antonio Kast: “Haremos todo lo posible para traer de vuelta al joven Zepeda, quien ha sido injustamente declarado culpable por la (in) justicia francesa que tiene un sesgo marxista-feminista”: #Falso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/04/20/imagen-jose-antonio-kast-haremos-todo-lo-posible-para-traer-de-vuelta-al-joven-zepeda-quien-ha-sido-injustamente-declarado-culpable-por-la-in-justicia-francesa-que-tiene-un-sesgo-marxista-femin/

5) (left wing) (Imagen) “Mientras En Chile Queda La Escoba El Presidente Toma”: #Falso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/05/06/imagen-mientras-en-chile-queda-la-escoba-el-presidente-toma-falso/

6) (right wing) “El Gobierno anterior no ejecutó la plata de la Conadi destinada a la compra de tierras durante cuatro años”: #Falso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/05/26/subsecretario-del-interior-manuel-monsalve-el-gobierno-anterior-no-ejecuto-la-plata-de-la-conadi-destinada-a-la-compra-de-tierras-durante-cuatro-anos-falso/

7) (right wing) “Dominio ‘gabineteirinakaramanos.cl’ fue comprado durante los primeros días de Gobierno”: #Real. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/06/24/dominio-gabineteirinakaramanos-cl-fue-comprado-durante-los-primeros-dias-de-gobierno-real/

8) (left wing) “Hermana de Fernando Atria fue nombrada embajadora en Alemania”: #Falso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/06/14/hermana-de-fernando-atria-fue-nombrada-embajadora-en-alemania-falso/

9) (right wing) “La Constitución del ’80 tiene tantos candados que no permite reforma, no es posible ninguna reforma”: #Falso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/07/21/la-constitucion-del-80-tiene-tantos-candados-que-no-permite-reforma-no-es-posible-ninguna-reforma-falso/

10) (left wing) (Video) “Escandalosas declaraciones de (Daniel) Stingo, le acaba de declarar la guerra a los chilenos”: #Engañoso. https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/07/26/video-escandalosas-declaraciones-de-daniel-stingo-le-acaba-de-declarar-la-guerra-a-los-chilenos-enganoso/

Fast Check CL uses the same verification method for all checks, regardless of your political color.

An example of this can be analyzed in cases 4 and 10, where it was verified whether those involved had affirmed the phrases attributed to them. In the first case it was possible to verify that there was no record of that, so it was classified as false, while in the second it was shown that he had said it, but ironically in a video that was cut, so it was described as misleading. In the first verification someone from the right sector is checked and in the other someone from the left.

The same can be observed in cases 7 and 8, in both official sources were contacted and alternative sources were reviewed to carry out the verification, which shows that similar steps were used to reach a conclusion that in one case proved its veracity and in the other its falsity.

It is also important to mention that in all the examples it was graded according to the tests obtained. In the case of the real ones, all the antecedents showed that what was verified was true, the same thing happened with the false and misleading ones.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The non-partisanship of Fast Check CL has been sufficiently demonstrated by providing, as requested, ten examples of fact-checks to politicians, political parties and leaders of all the political spectrum in Chile . 


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

www.fastcheck.cl/metodo and www.fastcheck.cl/politica-de-imparcialidad                          

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL has presented evidence of a page where it discloses publicly its ten-step fact-checking methodology, which is inspired in renowned fact-checking organizations such as Politifact (U.S.), Chequeado (Argentina), Full Fact (U.K.) and First Draft (U.S.). The applicant commits itself to non-partisanship and to avoid unduly concentrations on any ideological side. The policy is deemed sound and transparent.


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.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a random review of fact-checks published since August 2021 to July 2022, no trace has been found of any commercial interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of the applicant.


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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a random review of fact-checks published since August 2021 to July 2022, no trace has been found of any political interest that might influence the fact-checking activity of the applicant.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

You can visit: www.fastcheck.cl/politica-de-imparcialidad under the subheading "Imparcialidad de Equipo" and also in www.fastcheck.cl/equipo each member declare if there have any participation in a political party o group. In our case, none of their 5 members have a political link with any organization.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

As requested, the applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. According to this policy, organization members must disclose any relationship with a political party o group. None of the five members of this organizations declare to have such relationships.


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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous months, the use of links to back fact-checks found in Fast Check CL is deemed sound and widespread. These resources allow users to easily verify by themselves the relevant information published.


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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Details about the sources used to back its statements are adequately provided by Fast Check CL. After a random review of a number of fact-checks published over the previous year (Aug. 2021 - Jul. 2022), 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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

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

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Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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 Arenas. Information about the legal status of the company has been attached to this application but, as indicated above in the assessment of criterion 1.1, it is not fully disclosed on the applicant's website. As it was recommended in the assessment of 2021, such disclosure seems an advisable practice of transparency.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The information disclosed by the applicant on the Finance page (Financiamiento) provides a broad description of its funding scheme. Although this information could be more specific and detailed, indicating for instance the percentage of income that comes from each funding source, the information is deemed sufficient. 


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

As requested, Fast Check CL informs about ts team composition, with five members whose respective level of responsibility is clearly disclosed.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Short biographies of Fast Check CL team members are published on its website, including their email addresses so that they can be reached by anyone.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Several means of contact (email, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and WhatsApp) are available on the applicant's website. 


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL openly discloses its fact-checking methodology and the criteria to qualify content as true (real), incomplete (incompleto), old (añejo), vague (impreciso), deceptive (engañoso), false (falso), unreal (irreal) or unverifiable (inverificable). 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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Drawing on a random review of a number of fact-checks published over several months prior to this assessment, no examples of infringement have been found that Fast Check CL does not comply with this criterion.


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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Based on 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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

After analyzing a random sample of fact-checks and in absence of any apparent misbehaviour or infringement by Fast Check CL of this criterion of the Code of Principles, the assessment of this criterion 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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

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

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Both the applicant's 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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL allows users to send claims and corrections. In case a mistake is found by anyone, the applicant commits itself to checking it and, if confirmed, adding a correction clearly labeled as such in the corresponding article in less than 48 hours..


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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 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:

“Boric inicia la privatización de Codelco ofertando en Canadá 34 proyectos de la cuprífera estatal”: #Engañoso

https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/07/06/boric-inicia-la-privatizacion-de-codelco-ofertando-en-canada-34-proyectos-de-la-cuprifera-estatal-enganoso/

In this post, we change our final rate because of new data provided by The Ministry of Mining.

On a second occasion, in a “chequeado” case ( a post with many fact to check) we rate as “real” one sentence who finaly came “incompleto”:

“Más del 60% de los hogares son monomarentales, el 84% de los padres separados no paga la pensión de alimentos y nacen 20.000 bebés al año sin ser reconocidos por sus progenitores”: #Chequeado

https://www.fastcheck.cl/2022/06/08/mas-del-60-de-los-hogares-son-monomarentales-el-84-de-los-padres-separados-no-paga-la-pension-de-alimentos-y-nacen-20-000-bebes-al-ano-sin-ser-reconocidos-por-sus-progenitores-che/

This change can be possible because our community warns us about the new studies to dismiss that first rate.

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
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL distinguishes between true (real), incomplete (incompleto), old (añejo), vague (impreciso), deceptive (engañoso), false (falso), unreal (irreal) and unverifiable (inverificable) fact-checks. For the purpose of this assessment, the applicant has presented two examples (1, 2) of corrected fact-checks over the period assessed (Aug. 2021 - Jul. 2022), which received adequate response. 


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
https://www.fastchek.cl/nosotros  in subtitle “Signatarios de IFCN"
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL informs users on how to proceed in case they want to inform the IFCN of any violation of the Code of Principles. Such reference is clearly accessible in the bottom of every fact-check.


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
03-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

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

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
19-Aug-2022 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Fast Check CL is a stand alone media organization, not bound to any parent media company.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Ramón Salaverría.