Fact Check Methodology

Factly is a verified signatory of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) Code of Principles for Fact Checkers.

Claims made by leaders of major national parties, ministers in the central government & on official government websites are monitored. Only those claims that can be fact checked are selected i.e., those that have a definitive claim and not just a vague statement. Adequate care is also taken to ensure that there is no political bias in terms of selection and equal importance is given to claims made by leaders of different parties.
A thorough verification is done to understand if such a claim was actually made and in which context. Sources for verification include official press statements, videos of speeches, events, official & verified social media handles of leaders etc. The source for the claim is mandatorily hyperlinked in the fact check story.
Once the claim is established, research is undertaken, primarily using government data/information sources, to fact check the claim. Relevant data/information is presented in the form of tables, charts etc. to corroborate the fact check. The fact check is not just limited to the claim made, but also looks at historical data to look at trend over time etc. We also look at relevant policy changes over time. The relevant data/information from official sources is also hyperlinked in the fact check story.
Based on the above research, a conclusion is arrived at. The broad ratings we follow are

  • True
  • Partially True or Partly True
  • False
  • Misleading
  • Unverified (for those claims which can’t be fact checked)

Opinion of the team is solicited through internal messaging groups to confirm the rating.

Every fact check story is personally vetted by the editor before it’s published to avoid any factual errors.
Readers are encouraged to comment below the story or write to us with any corrections through the ‘Contact Us’ page or via the email listed on that page. All such communication is taken very seriously and relevant corrections are made if they are found to be valid within 48 hours of the receipt of a correction email or message.
Every employee of Factly is briefed at the time of joining about our nonpartisanship policy. As an organization, we remain committed to objectivity and nonpartisanship. Our Fact Checks do not contain opinions of any sort, but simply state facts. We also ensure that anyone being recruited into fact-check team does not have any affiliation with political parties and advocacy organizations.  

Rakesh Dubbudu (Editor & Author)
Rakesh has been working on issues related to Right to Information (RTI) for a decade. He is a Data/Information enthusiast & passionate about Governance/Policy issues.

Tejeswi Pratima Dodda (Editor & Author)
Tejeswi is a communications professional. She is passionate about social justice, gender mainstreaming and conflict.

Shashi Deshetti (Technology)
Shashi is Software Analyst by Profession and is passionate about Films, Politics and Technology.

Bharath Guniganti (Data Analyst & Author)
Bharat is a Data enthusiast and is keen about fact checking.

Aila Bandagi Kandlakunta (Author)
Aila Bandagi is a social scientist by training and specializes in Urban Development and Gender Studies. She loves to explore cities and dance.

Sneha Venu (Author)
Sneha is a student at Azim Premji University pursuing a B.A in Economics. She is passionate about development, social justice, and sustainability.

Uday Erothu (Designer)
Uday Kumar Erothu is a graphic designer.

Sai Santosh Vangala (Research Assistant)
Sai Santosh is interested in public policy ,advocates social justice and loves music.

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