La Silla Vacía

Organization: La Silla Vacía
Applicant: Juan Esteban Lewin
Assessor: Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura

Background

La Silla Vacía is an independent fact-checking operation from Colombia. Established initially in 2009, but with current activities starting in 2014, it’s a competent and serious news outlet, focusing especially on checking political statements and verifying online rumors. Their coverage is also divided in several different topics and formats, including podcasts and books. In their homepage, they have created several useful resources, such as the projects “Who is Who”, that shows the connections among politicians and “Be the detector”, where the user judges claims in a quiz-like structure. They are thorough followers of the IFCN Code.

Assessment Conclusion

La Silla Vacía does a competent jobs in its fact-checking service, being transparent, balanced and investigating claims with seriousness. They use primary sources, link to them, and follow a clear methodology. They are compliant to the IFCN Code.

We leave two suggestions for improvement, although they are not mandatory:

The applicant could have a clear call to action for users to send information in the home page;

In their methodology page, when they explain how they decide to fact-check a claim or not, if they have a numerical criteria they apply when deciding to fact-check a claim or not, this could be included (for example, the amount of shares on Facebook a link has).

on 27-Jan-2021 (1 year ago)

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

La Silla Vacía es una operación independiente de verificación de datos de Colombia. Son un medio de noticias competente y serio, que se enfoca especialmente en verificar declaraciones políticas y verificar rumores en línea. Utilizan fuentes primarias, se vinculan a ellas y siguen una metodología clara. Cumplen con el Código IFCN.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

https://lasillavacia.com/content/financiacion-63024 In this page we explain the shareholder structure of La Silla Vacía and the detail of our finantial incomes and expenditures. We also publish our annual finantial results and the legal information (avaivable in this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xYpphiu9RnWTqTmAMLDQ84ABL5we-vZm/view?usp=sharing).


Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago)

The applicant is a legaly registered organization. The link provided is available in their website.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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?

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

1. It started in 2014

2. In the whole organization we currently have 29 full-time employees, plus 7 interns. Their roles and profiles can be seen at https://lasillavacia.com/content/quienes-somos-55168

3. La Silla Vacía is an independent news outlet, so we carry out the usual activities related to journalism (reporting, writing, editing, etc.). We also produce courses open to the public.

4. Our main goal is to be able to crear factchecking productos aimed at different social media

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago)

The applicant has provided the necessary details of their story and beginning. Additional details are available here https://lasillavacia.com/content/financiacion-63024 and here https://lasillavacia.com/content/quienes-somos-55168


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant meets and surpasses the minimum thresholds of published fact-checks.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago


Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant focuses on fact-checking claims of social importance, especially online rumours. There has been a special focus on Coronavirus and its treatment.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

La Silla Vacía doesn't receive any funds or finantiation from the state, politicians or political parties in Colombia.

We receive support from the British Embassy in Colombia, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Canada's Embassy in Colombia, which are organizations from countries we don't cover so they don't represent an issue for our independent journalism. Both Embassys and the KAS support our coverage of environment, gender, social leaders, polarization, and governance of other media in Colombia. 

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant doesn't appear to have ties to the Colombian government or to state actors. All their funding is clearly explained in the Financiacion page.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Their FAQ explains their overall methodology and independence.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

La Silla Vacía has run the Lie Detector (Detector de Mentiras) since 2013 to factcheck claims made by powerful figures in Colombia and also to verify information that circulate in social media. We fact-check all parts of the political debate, not only politicians but the judgments made by opinion leaders, media, and the opposition.

Our main methodology is to check through sources and reports if their claims are true or not.

We cite all its sources, as long as it is possible and the source authorizes it. As far as possible, we include the link to the original document that demonstrates with data or regulations the veracity or falsehood of a statement.

In this list of factchecks, you can see checks for all parts of the political debate. For example, verifications of Alvaro Uribe (former president and main character of the right-wing party) and verifications of Gustavo Petro (left senator who is part of the opposition).

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1.La Minga no se devolvió al Cauca porque le estaban quemando los laboratorios de coca

https://lasillavacia.com/detector-cadena-falsa-sobre-minga-y-destruccion-laboratorios-coca-78852

2. Policía no dijo que los daños de un CAI valen 1.600 millones

https://lasillavacia.com/detector-policia-no-dijo-solo-cai-villa-luz-los-danos-ascienden-1600-millones-78391

3. La vicepresidenta Marta Lucía Ramírez no dijo que la pandemia cogió a los pobres sin ahorrar

https://lasillavacia.com/detector-marta-lucia-ramirez-no-dijo-los-pobres-les-sorprendio-pandemia-no-ahorrar

4. Colombia no es el país más corrupto del mundo según Transparencia Internacional

https://lasillavacia.com/detector-colombia-no-pais-mas-corrupto-del-mundo-segun-transparencia-internacional

5. Valla contra el expresidente Alvaro Uribe https://lasillavacia.com/detector-no-valla-apoyo-uribe-no-decia-uribeliebre-78010

6. No hay evidencia de que la moringa cure el covid https://lasillavacia.com/detector-no-hay-evidencia-moringa-cure-covid-19-77908

7. Gustavo Petro no propuse imprimir 30 mil millones para acabar con la pobreza

https://lasillavacia.com/detector-petro-no-propuso-imprimir-30-mil-millones-acabar-pobreza-78986

8. Chequeo al discurso del 20 de julio del presidente Iván Duque

https://lasillavacia.com/las-verdades-salvedades-duque-ante-congreso-77640

9. El científico Manuel Elkin Patarroyo dijo que los protocolos de la OMS no sirven https://lasillavacia.com/detector-no-manuel-elkin-patarroyo-no-escribio-esta-cadena-sobre-covid-19-77528

10. Noticias Caracol no tituló diferente la noticia de Javier Ordoñez y la de George Floyd https://lasillavacia.com/detector-noticias-caracol-no-titulo-distinto-los-casos-floyd-y-ordonez-78343 

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is balanced and shown responsible use of sources to evaluate claims.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The selection of claims to be fact checked is explained in their Methodology page. Balance and reach are explained. Also, some claims that are online rumours have on their own page an explanation on how this particular rumour has spread (for example: https://lasillavacia.com/detector-aun-no-se-sabe-si-vendedores-ambulantes-deberan-pagar-vender-calle-78763).

As a side note, if they have a numerical criteria they apply when deciding to fact-check a claim or not, this could be included (for example, the amount of shares on Facebook a link has).


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is clear on interests of sources that are quote in their fact-checks.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is neutral and balanced, and doesn't declare support for any political actor or policy.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

http://lasillavacia.com/content/preguntas-frecuentes-55167  

In order to maintain the independence of La Silla Vacía we use the techniques of good journalism: we have anobjective method of verifying data, we report against our prejudices, we do not make stories from a single source, we call all sides of a history, and we do research until we convince ourselves of what happened.

La Silla Vacía is not politically affiliated with any party although that doesn't mean that individual journalists donot have their political preferences. But we try to report against our prejudices and preferences to filter outthose biases. We are only ideologically aligned to the Colombian Political Constitution of 1991.

We don't enter into any relationship that may restrain our freedom to report what we want. We don't accept donations or funding from national government offices or political parties. Invitations or gifts from the sources are never accepted.

La Silla Vacía
26-Jan-2021 (1 year ago)

http://lasillavacia.com/content/preguntas-frecuentes-55167

In order to maintain the independence of La Silla Vacía we use the techniques of good journalism: we have an objective method of verifying data, we report against our prejudices, we do not make stories from a single source, we call all sides of a history, and we do research until we convince ourselves of what happened.

La Silla Vacía is not politically affiliated with any party although that doesn't mean that individual journalists do not have their political preferences. But they are forbidden from taking part in political parties or campaigns; their preferences cannot become affiliations.

But we try to report against our prejudices and preferences to filter outthose biases. We are only ideologically aligned to the Colombian Political Constitution of 1991.

We don't enter into any relationship that may restrain our freedom to report what we want. We don't accept donations or funding from national government offices or political parties. Invitations or gifts from the sources are never accepted.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a general statement on non-partisanship. However, it should include the respective policy for its staff more specifically.


cancel 2.5 marked as Request change by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
27-Jan-2021 (1 year ago)

The applicant has a general statement on non-partisanship that also refers to their staff. 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant employs links with regularity, always linking to relevant sources and documents.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant employs primary sources whenever they're available and has the custom of linking to them.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant checks all checkeable elements of a claim against relevant sources. A good example is here: https://lasillavacia.com/detector-trino-sobre-salario-minimo-y-salario-congresistas-79611


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is clear on interests and nature of sources that are quote in their fact-checks.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

La Silla Vacía is an 'independent organization'. We are not part of any business group or association.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant is an independent organization and has produced evidence of its registration in item 1.1


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In the provided linke all sources of funding are broken down and explained. The same page also has a link for their registration as organization.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

All the applicant's members are displayed in this page, where each function is also highlighted. Editorial control is clear. Each member also has a page with a mini-bio.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In the Who We Are page, each member has a separate page with a mini-bio and published articles.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

On the contact page, located on the footer of the page, there is a form for contact. Besides, the section Quien es quien has a specific for in every fact-checking page connected to political profile encouraging users to send claims or further information. Most journalists also have some kind of contact information in their profile page (usually Twitter or email)


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

https://lasillavacia.com/content/metodologia-62965

We have developed a specific method for our WhatsApp checks. If a WhatsApp user contacts La Silla Vacía with a piece of misleading information, we will answer, either with a fact-check or explaining why we cannot factcheck it, mainly because it can be outside the scope of our work. The hope: each user will then share the fact-check with his or her social circle. Checking WhatsApp chain messages is a way to get involved in conversations that real people are actually participating in, and to give them tools to form opinions based on facts, rather than falsehoods. 90 percent of what we’ve factchecked turns out to be untrue, which suggests that people share information on WhatsApp based on their emotions and interests, not what they know to be factual. The WhatsApp Detector relies on the same tagging system developed for La Silla Vacía’s Lie Detector: sections are labeled as “True,” “False,” “True but…,” “Debatable,” “Rushed,” “Exaggerated,”,“Misleading” or "Uncheckable." La Silla Vacía publishes 5 to 10 detectors per week in order to cover enough topics and fake news.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The methdology is clearly explained in a specific page.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Claims are selected bsed on their social importance and reach. It is common for the applicant to highlight from the beginning that the claim at hand has been shared that many times on Facebook as seen via Crowdtangle, or that it was suggested by Facebook readers.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant applies the methodology equitably across different actors.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Usually, those who made the claim are contacted. However, this is not possible in many fact-checks of the applicant, since they tend to be online rumours.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Readers could replicate the fact check by writing directly to the team of La Silla Vacía by the contact form and the mail editor@lasillavacia.com, or simply in the comments section below every story which are constantly reviewed by the author.

In factchecks that come from WhatsApp, we remind our audience that they can send us information to factcheck through said line. (https://lasillavacia.com/supuesta-cadena-policia-alertando-sobre-paro-del-jueves-falsa-74556) In Facebook users can report false content and then we verify it. La Silla Vacía also includes a form open to any user that want to submit new or additional information about a specific history. This space is called “Cuéntenos lo que sabe” and users should include their name and message (https://lasillavacia.com/video-petro-uso-mostrar-marchas-pro-evo-2014-74524). 

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant uses a form in the fact checks asking for users to submit claims to be checked. The Methodology page (https://lasillavacia.com/content/metodologia-62965) has a clear explanation on what can be checked by the team.

As a suggestion, the applicant could have a clear call to action for users to send information in the home page.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The corrections policy is clear and accessible.


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The corrections policy is clear on how it handles errors and its definitions.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We provide en email address as an initial point of contact. We answer emails in the 24 hours afeer the initial request, and make any necessary adjustments in the following 48 hours

This year, we recieved five appeals. In four of them, the interested parties accepted that they needed to make a correction, and changed their publication and we thus updated our factchecks. An example of this can be seen in https://lasillavacia.com/detector-no-aguapanela-bicarbonato-y-limon-no-cura-covid-19-actualizada-76195 . In the fourth case, we found the appeal to have no ground, and they decided not to correct their publication. We attach the files of part of the email exchange.

Files Attached
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Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The examples match the policy and are compliant.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

La Silla Vacía
03-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The link to the complaints policy is available and visible.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.

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.

Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura Assessor
22-Dec-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Not applicable.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura.