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Criterion 1a - Organization
Criterion 1b - Organization
Criterion 2a - Nonpartisanship and fairnessCriterion 2b - Nonpartisanship and fairnessCriterion 3 - Transparency of sources
Criterion 4a - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 4b - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 4c - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 5a - Transparency of methodologyCriterion 5b - Transparency of methodologyCriterion 6a - Open & honest corrections policyCriterion 6b - Open & honest corrections policy
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8/14/2017 17:00:15La Silla VacíaJuan Esteban Lewinjlewin@lasillavacia.comColombiawww.lasillavacia.comhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5vsMCmgfpD5TjdkM095WHE5aDg/view?usp=sharinghttp://lasillavacia.com/detector-de-mentiras1. Guerrilleros escoltas: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-whatsapp-sobre-guerrilleros-escoltas-61392
2. Discurso de Juan Manuel Santos en la instalación del Congreso: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-al-discurso-de-santos-en-la-instalacion-del-congreso-61825#7
3. El arranque del NO al plebiscito: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-mentiras-al-arranque-del-no-al-plebiscito-57371
4. El discurso de la diputada anti-gay: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/el-discurso-enganoso-de-la-diputada-anti-gay-57244
5. La francesa que murió en el Centro Comercial Andino: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-whatsapp-sobre-la-francesa-que-murio-en-el-andino-61499
6. Falsa destitución de Álvaro Uribe Vélez: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-whatsapp-falsa-destitucion-de-alvaro-uribe-61783
7. Juan Gossaín y el voto en blanco en el Senado: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-mentiras-whatsapp-sobre-juan-gossain-y-el-voto-en-blanco-61440
8. Álvaro Uribe sobre el acuerdo final: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-mentiras-uribe-sobre-el-acuerdo-final-57734
9. Juan Manuel Santos sobre las regalías: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-mentiras-santos-sobre-las-regalias-52912
10. Los mitos del Bronx: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/los-mitos-del-bronx-pasados-por-el-detector-de-mentiras-61191#5


La Silla Vacía has run the Lie Detector (Detector de Mentiras) since 2013 to factcheck claims made by powerful figures in Colombia. It was created following advise form Chequeado, using standard coherent and consistent way of assessing the value of the claims. We created it to demystify the political discourse and make political players accountable for what they say. We fact-check all parts of the political debate, not only politicians but the judgments made by opinion leaders, media, and the opposition.

Recently we have focused our efforts on partnering with the public and audiences, specifically by asking our readers to send us WhatsApp claims, because we found that news consumers in Colombia often use the popular global messaging and communication platform as their main information source and that it has been used to misinform. We thus launched WhatsApp Detector in January 2017 as a service that factchecks viral chain messages that circulate on the platform, using the same method to create and disseminate fact checks.
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 we try to report against our prejudices and preferences to filter out those 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.
Our factchecks always provide at least the name of the expert, institution or organization that we used as a source. When possible, we include a link to the document that sustains the data used.

Our policy is to use, whenever possible, public data that has not been put into question. When that is not possible, or the claim relates to an argument rather than a specific information, we look for the best renowned experts in the field and crosscheck their answers. Readers could replicate the fact check by writing directly to the team of La Silla Vacía by the contact form, or simply in the comments section below every story which are constantly reviewed by the author.
http://lasillavacia.com/content/preguntas-frecuentes-55167 Half of our resources come from international cooperation projects with international ONGs such as Ford, Open Society, Ned and Oxfam. The other half come from commercial projects such as our IQ (where universities pay to have contextual ads of their papers and other academic publications); the sponsorship of our theme-based expert networks and regional dedicated media (regional Sillas); debates in universities; talks and workshops; crowdfunding; and commercial ads.http://lasillavacia.com/content/quienes-somos-55168http://lasillavacia.com/contactWe 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,” or “Misleading.” La Silla Vacía publishes 2 to 5 detectors per week in order to cover enough topics and fake news. Example: http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-whatsapp-sobre-la-supuesta-casa-de-santos-en-londres-61994We constantly publish the following GIF in our web (https://giphy.com/gifs/26gsb8FMXu7lSVXXi/fullscreen) in order to persuade more people to send us viral chain messages that circulate on Whatsapp. In most Detectors, we also remind our audience to send the messages they want to factcheck (http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-whatsapp-cadena-sobre-voto-en-blanco-y-farc-61852). 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 (http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-mentiras-al-resumen-uribista-de-los-acuerdos-por-whatsapp-57860). La Silla Vacía is open to review any possible mistake or inaccuracy. We hence react to any request or warning, be it formal or not, on any alleged mistake or inaccuracy. Once we learn about a request or warning, we start a process by matching the request to what we have published and to our sources for that information. If it is required, we look for additional sources of information that may help us to clear the specific point. With this additional reporting we define whether it is necessary to modify, correct, clarify or rectify our piece. If we find that it requires a minor clarification or correction, we modify the original text and add, at the end of the piece, a note by the editor in which we explain what has happened, our decision and the change, in order for our users to complete and transparent information. If we find that it requires the adjustment of an essential element of our original piece, we create a new one that rectifies, apologizes for the mistake and explains all the process, as well as the new and correct information. We also modify the original piece, including its title, stating that it has been rectified and including a hyperlink to the new and correct piece. If our conclusion is that nothing needs to be changed and there is a formal request to rectify, we include a note by the editor in which we explain what has happened, our decision and a hyperlink to the request, in order for our users to have complete and transparent information. In exceptional cases, when a debate has aroused regarding a piece by La Silla Vacía, the director has written an entry on their blog, explaining our position on the issue.We recently published an article (http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-al-discurso-de-santos-en-la-instalacion-del-congreso-61825 ) regarding an important public address by the President. In one of the 40 fact checks that it included, pertaining to the amount of new homes whose construction was subsidized by the Government during his term, we forgot to include one of the channels in which such subsidies are granted, and thus mistakenly assessed the claim as false. In response to the piece a high level source contacted us, sent us the data that we had missed, and we thus corrected the fact check and included a note on the original piece explaining the situation.

Last year, in another piece (http://lasillavacia.com/historia/detector-de-mentiras-la-tributaria-58605) with multiple fact checks (39) for different public figures regarding on subject, we mistakenly understood a claim to refer to a given year, due to the contexts it was made. After publishing the piece, the public figure contacted us to explain that it referred to another year. We thus corrected the fact check and included a note on the original piece explaining the situation.
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