Taiwan FactCheck Center is jointly founded by the Association for Quality Journalism and Taiwan Media Watch. It is organized for non-profit purpose. The objectives of the Center are to conduct fact checks on information relevant to public affairs as well as to improve the information ecology and news quality of Taiwan.
The Center’s fact checking operation is based on the principles of openness, transparency, rigor and accountability. All fact checks are built on verified material. Our fact checking process follows a rigorous review methodology. The daily fact checking items are selected at the fact checking meeting. The fact checked report should be reviewed by at least three fact checking personnel before its publication.
The topics of fake news, either under media coverage or online rumors, verified by the Center cover a wide range of public interest themes, including health care, environmental ecology, educational debates, gender issues, business activities, and government policies. On political issues, the subjects of fact checking are selected across different ideological positions. The Center strives to give each position equal attention even though the Center does not attempt to set an absolute balance in terms of numbers of items fact checked among the varied positions. To avoid a significant imbalance, besides reviewing subjects during the initial selection process, the Center continuously monitors the statistics of the fact checked cases involving political affairs among various positions in the weekly meetings.
The Center’s fact checking operation emphasizes the principle of transparency. Each fact checked report explains its review process, and a complete list of source material, information and data used for verification is attached at the end of the report. If the information source and documents referenced in the report can be accessed online the hyperlinks are provided and the key sections are presented in screenshots. Regarding information acquired by interviewing experts and scholars, the names and titles of the interviewers are clearly listed in the main text of the report, and the films or recordings made during the interview are also provided as attachments.
The Center’s official website lists all members of the Center, including the members of the Executive Board, the Advisory Council, and the staff. The Center’s website lists various contact methods, including telephone, fax, e-mail, and Facebook. The public can send any questions and comments to the members of the Center through the contact form on our contact page. Furthermore, each fact checked report has a comments section at the end of the article where registered members are free to express their comments.
The Center’s website includes an “Appeal Page” where the public can raise claims about fake news or fake information. If members of the public find in their daily life a piece of information or news which may be false or misleading, they can bring the information or news to the attention of the Center through the link “I have questions” on the appeal page. If members of the public have any evidence which is helpful to verify or rebut suspected fake news or information, they can submit the information through the link “I have evidence” on the appeal page. Moreover, the person(s) or the parties who are connected to the suspected fake news or information can also provide clarified information or comments through the link "I am a party” on the appeal page.
Taiwan FactCheck Center clearly lays out its correction policy which is available on the Center’s website. The policy states how the public can comment on the fact checked report, how the center deals with the public opinion internally, and how the center issues its corrections.
The Center’s funding mainly comes from donations contributed by enterprises, foundations, and individuals. The Center posts its donations acceptance policy on the website, stipulating that “to maintain independence of operations, the Center does not accept donations from governments, political parties, and politicians.” Also, the Center exercises its editorial control independently and is not influenced by donors.