‘VISHVAS’ NEWS VERIFICATION METHODOLOGY

‘VISHVAS’ believes in following a logical flow in building its content. All our stories follow the same pattern. The idea is conceived with planning followed by development of the idea, then publishing and distribution, and finally quality check on the basis of facts, language, ethics and conduct. During the whole process, ethics are never compromised at any stage.

To bust fake news or verify news, the ‘VISHVAS’ team follow special guidelines. These include the following:

1. Selecting a news to verify

We regularly monitor social media and other forms of media for inaccurate information. Our sources are speeches and tweets of politicians and officials in authoritative positions, claims made by political parties via social media, and provocative hashtags meant to influence public opinion in favour of a political party.

We make a selection of news stories that we intend to verify. The following parameters are considered for selection of the topics we write on:

  • Nature of the viral post.
  • The extent of a viral feed (how many people have liked and shared it).
  • Source of the viral post.

2. Probe the news

We systematically investigate to verify the facts. To debunk any fake claim, ‘VISHVAS’ may use one or more of the following methods:

First of all we try and contact the person who has uploaded the video or is the prime character of the video. After hearing his version, we consult the experts in the field to verify the story.

If the uploader party is not available for comments, we use the technology to verify the facts. We anyway use these tools to verify the facts and authenticity even if the uploader confirms the details.

We use over 50 tools to bust fake news. These tools include Google Reverse Image search, Yendex, InVid, Stalkscan, Tweetbeaver.com, Foller.me, Whois and many more. to determine the origin of viral photographs or videos and also to verify if the same image or video has been used earlier in similar or different contexts. In order to use Google Reverse Image search or Yendex search we snipe a contextual part from the photograph or video and search it. With the help of Similar Images, we identify if the same image has been used anywhere earlier as well. For more exact versions, the ‘VISHVAS’ team takes the help of various tools such as Whois, Stalkscan, Foller.me, time, date, etc., to reach a conclusion on the origin of an image or text. We try and find the original full length video to make sure that the viral fact is not just a snipped part of a video which is being used in some other context.

3. Genre covered

‘VISHVAS’ deals with issues which are in the public domain, including politics, sports, health, sanitation, law and justice, education, environment, employment, innovation, science, and socially and ethnically disadvantaged groups.

4. Publishing the fact check

‘VISHVAS’ publishes its findings in the form of a story in the public domain with proof in the form of screenshots and links so that the readers can also identify and debunk the news on their own.  Information has no time or limit, as a result of which, stories have to be constantly updated. We keep an eye on any updates that come in and add them to the already running article.