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MyGoPen

Organization: MyGoPen
Applicant: Yeh Tzu Yang
Assessor: Chen-Ling Hung

Background

MyGoPen has been performing fact-checking services for the public since 2015. In November 2019, MyGoPen was legally registered as a private company called MGP Fact Check Ltd. In addition to delivering fact-checking services, MyGoPen is also dedicated to media literacy education. Between February 2022 and July 2022, this organization published 305 fact-check articles. Overall, the applicant publishes 12 fact-check articles a week. This organization has 7 full-time staff, including one Chief Editor, four fact-checkers, one researcher, and one product manager. It therefore has certain expertise in the implementation of these criteria required by professional journalism and IFCN.

Assessment Conclusion

According to my assessment, I think MyGoPen is a reliable fact-checking partner. This applicant is compliant with all the principles enacted by the IFCN.

There are several suggestions for the organization to make its service more visible to the global community. First, this organization should check the grammar and meaning of the English report carefully before it is sent to help the assessors better understand the execution of its fact-checking efforts. Second, the titles of the employees are not fully correct judging from the detailed information provided by the website. Third, MyGoPen might consider adding a brief introduction in English on the website to help non-native speakers to get a basic picture of the organization.

on 15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

Chen-Ling Hung assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

MyGoPen has been performing fact-checking services for the public since 2015. In November 2019, MyGoPen was legally registered as a private company called MGP Fact Check Ltd. In addition to delivering fact-checking services, MyGoPen is also dedicated to media literacy education. Between February 2022 and July 2022, this organization published 305 fact-check articles. Overall, the applicant publishes 12 fact-check articles a week. This organization has 7 full-time staff, including one Chief Editor, four fact-checkers, one researcher, and one product manager. It therefore has certain expertise in the implementation of these criteria required by professional journalism and IFCN.

According to my assessment, I think MyGoPen is a reliable fact-checking partner. This applicant is compliant with all the principles enacted by the IFCN.

There are several suggestions for the organization to make its service more visible to the global community. First, this organization should check the grammar and meaning of the English report carefully before it is sent to help the assessors better understand the execution of its fact-checking efforts. Second, the titles of the employees are not fully correct judging from the detailed information provided by the website. Third, MyGoPen might consider adding a brief introduction in English on the website to help non-native speakers to get a basic picture of the organization.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen has been performing fact checking services for the public since 2015. In Nov. 2019, a limited company called MGP Fact Check Ltd. was registered in Taiwan. Below is the link with the official company registration certificate provided.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_58.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
The applicant is legally registered as a company and details of this are easily found on its website.

done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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?

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?

MyGoPen has been performing fact checking services for the public since 2015.

2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?

Total 7 full-time employees.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_23.html

3. What different activities does your organization carry out?

MyGoPen main focus is online fact checking for people in Taiwan. We also support voluntary organizations such as Fake News Cleaner for their fact checking activity. In addition we also give lectures about media literacy in community schools, universities.

4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Regarding to MyGoPen's target goal for the future, besides fact checking, MyGoPen plans to continuously grow the public education of media literacy via community or social activities, and we plan to do videos to teach the general public about media literacy in Taiwanese local language. 

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking. 

done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen has debunked and published 305 fact check articles between Feb 2022 and July 2022. Please visit MyGoPen website for more details.

https://www.mygopen.com/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
From Feb 2022 to July 2022, the applicant had published 305 fact-check articles. Overall, the applicant publishes 12 fact-check articles a week.

done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
Most stories in the previous three months I've gone through tackle issues and claims that are significant and relevant to public interests.

done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen is purely an organization for fact check. We have two major income sources, one is small donations from the public and another one is licensing fact check articles to 3rd party or online media and platforms. No funding or support from government, foreign, or any political parties.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant has two major income sources, one is small donations from the public and another one is licensing fact-check articles to 3rd parties or online media and platforms. The applicant has not had any commercial, financial, or institutional relationship with the state, politicians, or political parties. 

done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen’s announcement about the independence of fact checking work is available here.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_26.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant declares that it has no funding from local or foreign state or political sources. 

done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

1. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2021/12/tainan.html

A footage claimed that the super scary Democratic Progress Party (DPP, current ruling party) did everything for the Referendum by treating people with outdoor catering. This footage went viral during the December 2021 Referendum time which suggested DPP’s intention in affecting people’s voting decision for the Referendum. MyGoPen searched thru Facebook and Youtube and found out this footage was posted by the Speaker of the Tainan City Council. MyGoPen reached out to the Speaker Mr. Kuo and the Luermen Matzu Temple where the outdoor catering was held. The fact shows that it is an annual gathering party hosted by the Speaker at Matsu Temple. It has nothing to do with the DPP and the Referendum.

2. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2021/12/morris.html

An image showed that TSMC former Chairman Morris Chang asked the pathetic Kuomintang (KMT, the largest opposition party) to stop all actions against the Referendum to save Taiwan. MyGoPen first searched with keywords and found out the image was from the APEC meeting result press briefing on 13th of November 2021 at the Taiwan President Office. By further checking into several news media reports, Morris Chang didn’t make any comment about the Referendum in the briefing. The image was intentionally made with misleading and fake comments against KMT by using Morris Chang’s photo for the Referendum.

3. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2021/12/cctv4.html

An image showed China Central Television (CCTV) went for four Agrees for the Taiwan’s Referendum. MyGoPen searched thru internet and found out the image was from a CCTV Taiwan Strait TV program. In that TV program, the guests shared and commented on the future and strategy of Kuomintang (KMT, the largest opposition party) for Taiwan and the Referendum. CCTV didn’t make any position statement for Taiwan’s Referendum. This image was created intentionally by suggesting the connection between China and the KMT in Taiwan.

4. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2022/01/vaccine-side-effects.html

An internet article said Japan added heart inflammation warning on COVID vaccine label and claimed a higher chance of death after vaccination. MyGoPen located the origin of this article which is from the Japanese healthcare website LifeSiteNews. MyGoPen debunked this rumor by collaboration with an immune and virology expert Jamie Lin in Germany and the Japanese fact check organization FIJ. There is no evidence that can suggest the death is caused by COVID vaccination. And the Japanese government started to add an adverse effect warning on mRNA vaccines in December 2021.

5. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2022/03/ukraine-hospital.html

A news article from a Russian media Sputnik claimed the attack on a Ukraine Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital was all self-directed, and the pregnant woman is an actress. MyGoPen searched over international press media such as Washington Post, Associated Press, NPR and concluded three different women's photos were used in this article. This is misleading information. And the actress who was framed as pretending pregnancy is really a pregnant woman. Russian media Sputnik intentionally composed news articles with fake information to cover up Russia's military actions against Ukrainian hospitals.

6. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2022/03/Russia-policy.html

An article claimed Russian sanction against Taiwan by shutting down Taiwan Representative Office in Moscow, applying financial punishment, and restricting Taiwan’s airplane from flying over Russian territory. MyGoPen checked with Taipei Moscow Economic and Cultural Coordination Commission and confirmed no such policy or sanction from Russia. Ever since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, no Taiwanse flight flies over Russian territory for safety reasons. The claim was based on no fact.

7. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2022/07/m49a2-60mm.html

An image showed some of the Ukrainian troop’s mortar projectile was possibly from Taiwan due to the printed traditional Chinese words. MyGoPen searched thru this news report origin мілітарний and confirmed the source of those mortar projectiles is from Japan by checking the Ukraine Weapons Tracker report on Twitter. A further check shows the mortar projectile was possibly made by a Japanese company during Korean War time. Taiwan's National Defense Ministry also made public notice that the Ukraine mortar projectile with traditional Chinese is not from Taiwan.

8. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2022/08/huxijin.html

A twitter message claimed that Hu Xijing cannot be harder and tougher for the US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. MyGoPen searched Twitter and found the account who created this message is not the real China Global Times commentator Hu Xijin. It is by a twitter account who intentionally set its account name similar to the famous China Global Times commentator Hu Xijin.

9. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2022/08/1989-pelosi.html

An article claimed US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was taken into custody by China police during her visit in Tiananmen Square in 1989. After searching through wechat and US press BBC CNN, the accurate time of Pelosi’s visit in Tiananmen Square is 1991. Pelosi together with two fellow senators and seven journalists and cameramen were only interrogated by China police. They were not arrested or taken into custody. MyGoPen also fact-checked with Mike Chinoy who is one of the journalists and confirmed the same.

10. 

https://www.mygopen.com/2022/08/cctv-0808.html

A picture claimed that the Chinese government decided to evacuate the Chinese citizens from Taiwan before August 8. By using image matching the only thing that can be found is the China CCTV news channel video. Further check into China media such as Global Times, Xinhua Net, China People Daily found no message or news report about the evacuation of Chinese citizens from Taiwan. The picture was intentionally created to arouse people’s fear about the China military exercise after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

Summary

Over the past 12 months, covid vaccine, politics, Russia Ukraine war, foreigner intention against Taiwan are four key ingredients that are composed with modern graphic editing capability into a variety of dis/mis information on the internet and popular social messaging apps. They are easy to read, easy to watch, and the worst of all, easy to spread. MyGoPen keeps sharpening our skill sets and enriching our connections with various subject experts and fact checking organizations to ensure our work and published articles fully meet the IFCN guideline and quality standards.

Political competition is severe here in Taiwan. The fake information goes to the ruling party, as well as the opposition party. The Referendum in December 2021 is a time where the amount and diversity of rumors reached its maximum. Even our debunking articles have clearly presented the evidence and fact, some people still choose to believe in what they want to believe by ignoring the evidence and fact. MyGoPen becomes the rumor center among those people. The bright side is, most of the people still choose to be with MyGoPen with hearty support. This encourages MyGoPen.

Challenges are still ahead of us. MyGoPen never forgets where we started. MyGoPen will always insist on faith, our original intention, and will continue to spread the value of fact checking for people in Taiwan.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
The stories the applicant chose clearly demonstrate its editorial stance of non-partisanship. They apply the same standards consistently.

done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

MyGoPen is a natural fact check organization we select dis/mis information base on following.

(i) number of claims (ii) harmful human life (iii) health and welfare,

We also published the following link on our website to let the public understand how dis/mis information has been selected for fact check.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_25.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant publishes fact-checking guidelines on the website explaining how it selects claims at the link: https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_25.html. However, the brief answer in English that the applicant provides in this section does not fully explain the principles of how fact-checking claims are selected. Therefore, I suggest the applicant check the grammar and meaning of their English answer carefully before it is sent.

done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
In view of what I have observed, 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.

done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)
In view of what I have observed, the applicant doesn't show support for any party, any politician, or political candidate.

done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

MyGoPen has published a statement of code of conduct to all employees or volunteers to strictly follow the non-partisanship, independent, and fact and truth only policy. Below is the link.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_84.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

The applicant explains its policies to preserve its non-partisan way of fact-checking. These principles are shown in the Code of Conduct at the following link: https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_84.html


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In view of what I have observed, the applicant identifies the source of significant evidence used in its fact checks. 


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant uses the best available primary sources of evidence in most stories.

done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant frequently applies multiple sources in their stories.

done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
In view of what I have observed, 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.

done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen operates as an independent organization. We are not part of the government or sub-company of other organizations. Below is the link to the company registration details.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_58.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant is an independent organization.

done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen funding is mainly from (I) small donations from the public, and (II) license fee from 3rd party for fact check article licensing. Below is the link for the 2021 donation detail report. At the page end you can click on 2021 and 2022 donation report as well. All donations are small amount of money. There is no donation over 5% of annual income.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/2020_31.html

https://www.mygopen.com/p/2022.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant reveals the details of donations, as well as funding status in yearly donation reports on its website.

done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen operates in two departments: (I) fact checking dept. (II) IT dept. Below is the link to our org chart and department’s roles and responsibility.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_58.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant has a page ("Organizational Structure") on its website that explains its organization structure. The link is as follows: https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_58.html

The applicant also explains how and by whom editorial control is exercised.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

Below is the link to the list of MyGoPen’s employees who perform day to day fact checking work. Click on each employee’s name and you will be led to the employee’s biography page.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_23.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant lists all staff including the Chief Editor and all fact-checkers, and their professional biographies on its website. Here is the link: https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_23.html

done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen performs a fact checking service for the public. We welcome any questions or suggestions from users. Below is the link about Contact Us.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The applicant provides the contact page to the users including multiple ways of communication such as phone calls, e-mail, and social media. It also provides the link for sending the complaint to the IFCN. 


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

MyGoPen has been debunking and combating mis/dis information on the internet. The main source of fact check claims is LINE which is the most popular social messaging app in Taiwan. Users can just send claims in text, picture, or video format to MyGoPen through our official LINE account. MyGoPen has developed AI chatbot automatic fact checking system that can search our database and check if that claim has been debunked. Then the chatbot will return to the user with true and correct information. If the chatbot fails to match, the human 1-1 checking will then be followed.

When the same/similar mis/dis information has been received from different users, we understand that the mis/dis information starts to spread widely. The fact checking process will be executed. An article will then be published.

The number of claims can grow on any type of mis/dis information or on anyone anyplace. MyGoPen select claims simply based on (I) number of claims (II) importance to human life, health and welfare, and property.

Below are the links about how MyGoPen handle the claims.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_60.html

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_25.html

MyGoPen
25-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen debunk based on user claim from our Line account, 1 to 1, and social media. Based on user claims MyGoPen will select claim to debunk with priority based on following principle:

1. Number of users who send in the same claim.

2. Direct impact such as threatening human life/huge public panic/public health issue.

3. Claim type such as from an influential celebrity or government official which gets a lot of public attention.

MyGoPen have daily internal meeting to select claims that meet the above conditions. Once claims for fact-check are selected, MyGoPen use following methods to fact-check claims:

1. Use search tools such as Google, Yandex, InVid for reverse search to check if image or video had appeared on internet earlier than the claim.

2. Search on internet to check if the claim has appeared before in different time.

3. Contact government official or local authorities if necessary.

4. Trace original source of claim. Investigate original document for data difference or misleading info in the claim.

5. Try to connect to original claim publisher.

6. Interview with experts and professionals.

Based on above methods, MyGoPen will create debunk article based on hard evidence that were found. And debunk article will be reviewed by Chief Editor along with at least 2 colleagues to ensure accuracy. Completed fact check article will be published on MyGoPen website as well as popular social media platforms such as Line, FB, IG, Dcard etc. to reach as many audiences as possible.

For more details on how to fact check and the methodology, please refer to our official website with following link:

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_25.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

On this page "Fact-checking Principle", the applicant publishes the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks. However, the English report provided by the applicant is not that exact or fully explains its execution of fact-checking on the website. For example, the sentence "If the chatbot fails to match, the human 1-1 checking will then be followed" is difficult for the reader to understand. Therefore, I suggest the applicant check the grammar and meaning of their English report carefully before it is sent.  


cancel 5.1 marked as Request change by Chen-Ling Hung.
Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
29-Oct-2022 (1 year ago)

On this page "Fact-checking Principle", the applicant publishes the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks. However, the English report provided by the applicant is not that exact or fully explains its execution of fact-checking on the website. For example, the sentence "If the chatbot fails to match, the human 1-1 checking will then be followed" is difficult for the reader to understand. Therefore, I suggest the applicant check the grammar and meaning of their English report carefully before it is sent.  


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims.

done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant sets out in their fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it. 

done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.

done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant regularly relies on primary and secondary sources of information and does not make unfair conclusions or inaccurate deductions from evidence. The applicant also identifies the interests of sources if they would be required to understand the source’s credibility.

done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen encourages users to send claims via LINE, as LINE has been the most popular social messaging tool in Taiwan. Below are the links that we ask and encourage users to send claims as well as the message to users what can be expected.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_60.html

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_25.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check.

done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen webpage contains a link for users to contact MyGoPen for corrections or complaints. Below is the link.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_24.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant clearly lays out its correction policy at the link: https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_24.html

done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The policy sets out the procedure and outcomes of correction.  

done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

There are 3 correction cases in 2021 and 2 correction cases in 2022. Below is the link to the correction summary page.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page_42.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant provides a page showing the outcome of correction cases. In total, there are three correction cases in 2021 and two correction cases in 2022. It demonstrates that the applicant has handled corrections adequately and professionally after receiving requests from the audience. 

done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

MyGoPen has published a Contact Us link for users to contact MyGoPen. We also provide a message here to inform users to submit requests directly to IFCN when any violation of IFCN Code is found on any MyGoPen article. Below is the Contact Us link.

https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page.html

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
At the link: https://www.mygopen.com/p/blog-page.html, the applicant provides the contact information and informs users to submit requests directly to IFCN when any violation of the IFCN Code is found on the applicant’s fact-checking articles.

done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

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.

MyGoPen
31-Aug-2022 (1 year ago)

It is confirmed that MyGoPen is an independent company. We are no part of any media company, government, or profit organization.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
15-Oct-2022 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
The applicant is not the fact-checking unit of a media company.

done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.