How We Fact-check

N-VA is an unbiased fact-checking platform committed to promoting sharing verified information within Africa’s media space. We do our work by diligently following the international best practices in fact-checking and adhering to the strict guidelines of the International Fact-Checking Network’s fundamental operating principle of nonpartisan and transparent fact-checks.

We have a five-step editorial process from researching to publishing a final report on fact-checks.

Identify a Claim

We monitor news platforms and statements circulating across the media space or from the pool submitted by our esteemed readers. The claim moves to the top of the pile if it was made by a public officer, politician, business leader or revolves around an important subject. The claim is prioritised if it is a viral image or video circulating on social media platforms.

Find Data

If the claim is made as a statement of fact or opinion, the team goes ahead to do a preliminary research through verifiable sources and online tools to confirm if the statement or opinion was made. When it is confirmed that the claim has become widespread, we begin to identify and collate evidence to debunk or confirm it.

Analyse the Potential Impact of the Claim

We go back to the source to analyse the spread of the claim on social media circles, so we will have real-time and verified information on its potential impact both online and offline.

Verify the Claim

We gather evidence from multiple verifiable sources here to test or compare the claim against. This is where fact-checking tools are deployed from research papers, academic journals, peer-reviewed journals, medical reports, data banks, network analysis software, search engine advanced search and other OSINT techniques. At this point, we also bring in specialist experts who are willing to go on record and get their professional opinion on the evidence discovered.

Publish Findings

When every aspect of the fact-checking has been covered, the researcher goes ahead to write up the report, explaining any evidence that supports the claim or debunks it. The report ends with a subheading titled conclusion which summarises the report and explains the verdict we have reached. The published report has a link or quoted source for every evidence mentioned in it.

Having knowledge of the potential impact is how we are able to map out how to reach out to the information source and the platform where it was posted that they are culpable in spreading misinformation, this comes after we have verified the claim and published the report.

Code of Principles

N-VA is an unbiased fact-checking platform committed to promoting sharing verified information within Africa’s media space. 

We do our work by diligently following the international best practices in fact-checking and adhering to the strict guidelines of the International Fact-Checking Network’s fundamental operating principle of nonpartisan and transparent fact-checks.

Corrections Policy

If you notice we have made a mistake or omission in our report, or think there is something we could have included in our fact-check report to make it clearer, please let us know, we appreciate your input.

Please send feedback, corrections or complaints to info@africacheck.org.

Do state your concerns and make your comments as clear as possible. Where necessary, please include any links to reference material or data that is publicly accessible.

Our feedback channels and comment sections are checked daily, so we will see your questions, complaints or annotated correction and respond to it appropriately. In a situation where we want clarifications on your complaints or corrections, we will reach out to you.

If we have reviewed a fact-check report internally or due to a submitted correction and decide to make a change, it will be highlighted in the report.

  • In the case of a factual error, a note will be added to the report and labelled “CORRECTION”, with an explanation of what has been changed.
  • In the case of clarifications or updates, a note will be added and labelled “UPDATE”, with an explanation of what has been changed.