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Fact-checking is a basic process for evaluating and verifying information, which can be done in a rather simple way. Here are five questions to ask:
- Can you identify the original source? (If not, don’t publish without a caveat)
- Can you verify the content?
- Does the information fit the context? (For example, is the information used in an appropriate way, or is there any important information missing?)
- Can you obtain permission to publish this information? (this is particularly important for user-generated content, which might be copyright protected)
- Can you set out evidence for your reader? (citations and references, links to original sources)
If you have answered yes to each of these questions, then it is a fact. Facts can be verified, proven or demonstrated; if not, the information is just a claim. Opinions and claims cannot be fact-checked.
Source: Africa Check