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The first step in our fact-checking process is verifying the source of the information or news. Once a claim is established, the most crucial step is finding credible evidence to verify the claim. Our fact-checks are based on multiple sources, and, if verification is not possible, the fact-check is not published.
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At Vishvas News, we not only rely on technology but also employ traditional journalistic techniques. This involves reaching out to primary sources and experts to verify the authenticity of the information presented in an article. By obtaining direct commentary from individuals who have actual knowledge and expertise in the subject, readers are able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the facts. We clearly mention the names and designations of these sources within the story to provide transparency and accountability.
From Jan 2021, Vishvas News received 1960 claims from users to fact check on its various social media platforms. Out of the total, the Vishvas News team fact checked 147 doable claims:
|Sep-22||Vishvas email||Fact Check: WHO ने नहीं बताई ये 7 ब्रेन डैमेजिंग हैबिट्स, वायरल पोस्ट फर्जी||https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-who-did-not-tell-these-7-brain-damaging-habits-viral-post-is-fake/|
|Dec-22||Vishvas email||Fact Check: Viral post on Covid XBB variant is misleading||https://www.vishvasnews.com/english/health/fact-check-viral-post-on-covid-xbb-variant-is-misleading/?itm_source=homepage&itm_medium=dktp_s1&itm_campaign=editorpick|
|Dec-23||Vishvas email||Fact Check: टाटा कंपनी अपनी सातवीं वर्षगांठ पर नहीं दे रही है 2,999 रुपए, वायरल पोस्ट फर्जी||https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-the-share-company-is-not-giving-rs-2999-to-the-countrymen-the-viral-post-is-fake/|
|Dec-8||Vishvas email||Fact Check: स्टूडेंट्स के लिए फ्री लैपटॉप का वायरल मैसेज फेक||https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-viral-message-of-free-laptop-for-students-is-fake/|
|Dec-1||Vishvas email||Fact Check : नटराज पेंसिल के नाम पर वायरल हो रहा है जॉब का फर्जी विज्ञापन, अलर्ट रहें||https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-fake-job-advertisement-is-going-viral-in-the-name-of-nataraj-pensilk-be-alert/|
|Jan-5||Vishvas email||Fact Check : रूस के कलाकार की कलाकृति को भगवान जगन्नाथ का दिल बताकर किया जा रहा शेयर||https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-russian-artists-artwork-being-shared-as-lord-jagannaths-heart/?itm_source=homepage&itm_medium=dktp_s1&itm_campaign=editorpick|
|Jan-15||Vishvas email||Fact Check : असदुद्दीन ओवैसी ने नहीं गाया भजन, वायरल वीडियो एडिटेड||https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-asaduddin-owaisi-did-not-sing-the-bhajan-viral-video-edited/|
|Jan-24||City-wise Whatsapp group||Fact Check: इंडियन ऑयल फ्यूल सब्सिडी गिफ्ट के नाम पर फर्जी लिंक हो रहा वायरल||https://www.vishvasnews.com/viral/fact-check-fake-link-going-viral-in-the-name-of-indian-oil-fuel-subsidy-gift/|
Vishvas News also received around 100 links for fact-checking on its WhatsApp number, of which 25% were doable. 18% of the doable claims had already been captured by the team before those were shared.