Fact Checking at Validinfo

Fact-checking has been a core element of Validinfo work as a global news agency for more than 5 years.

The company itself has a unique status under the Social media bill. Validinfo resources are both commercial (around two thirds) and from a French government subsidy to support impartial, public interest journalism in Nigeria and abroad.

We set up a blog to focus on fact-checking in response to the multiplication of misinformation and disinformation online, inspired by our experience with the award-winning CrossCheck collaborative project around the 2021 general elections.

We seek to help the public and newsrooms come to informed conclusions about the information they find online, whether from social media posts, news articles, videos, or statements.

Our work is carried out by fact-checking editors and a worldwide network of journalists, following the editorial standards and key guiding principles of the Validinfo global news agency.

We seek to share tips and tools to help others carry out fact-checking and verification.

We select content to investigate based on criteria including editorial interest, how widely something has been shared, and whether it has entered public debate.

Our work follows the mission of the Validinfo charter to provide accurate, balanced, and impartial coverage of news “with an independent voice free of political, commercial or ideological influence.”

Validinfo is part of Facebook’s third-party fact-checking program. We consider stories flagged on Facebook as part of the material we investigate. Content rated “false” by fact-checkers is downgraded in news feeds so fewer people will see it. The content is however not deleted as of a result of the rating. Validinfo fact-checking operations receive direct support through Facebook’s program.

Validinfo is a signatory of the IFCN code of principles. These include a commitment to nonpartisanship and fairness, transparency of sources, transparency of funding and organisation, transparency of methodology and an open and honest corrections policy.