Who we are:
In times of disaster, pandemic or breaking news events such as election, incorrect, misleading or out of context information spreads quickly and widely. This needs to be countered and stopped.
That is why we are here. We identify and debunk false information and provide you verified details with appropriate context.
False, half-truth and misleading information does not always come from unscrupulous social media users. Worryingly, it also comes from well-known and ‘trusted’ persons including public and elected officials and politicians.
Therefore we have come together in this volunteering effort to hold politicians, public and elected officials and political party leaders to account for their false, misleading and half-truth statements through an act of fact-checking.
NepalCheck.org is an independent and non-partisan platform to counter bad information. A group of professionals with years of experience in fields such as journalism, law and research run it. It is hosted by the non-profit Open Nepal Initiative. Anyone who cares about facts can join us. Send us your comments and tips to fact-check.
Meet our team.
What we do:
We champion accountability and transparency. We fact-check claims in public interest. We verify claims that people in power and with influence make. We scrutinise viral information, misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms. We also identify misinformation in mainstream media and correct them. We take no sides. We have no partisan or ideological agenda.
We counter the false information ecosystem by publishing accurate, fair, well-sourced, and credible reports. We explain complex issues in easy-to-understand terms so that you can make informed choices. We help voters to make informed decisions.
We support and train people to counter bad information. We engage politicians and elected officials to minimise and respond to misinformation. We do this through sharing resources, organising workshops, learning sessions and discussions around issues such as digital literacy and combating bad information.
We apply five types of ratings to any claims we fact-check. They are:
True False Half-truth Misleading Missing Context
We may add more ratings in future.
How we fact-check:
Verification of content is at the heart of our fact-checking. We verify a claim by using a combination of open source intelligence (OSINT) and human sources. We search online and offline sources and consult experts. We use traditional and digital investigation tools to determine whether a claim is true, false, half-truth or misleading. We abide by the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles in our work.
We monitor traditional and new media outlets and social media accounts, pages and groups for bad information. We ask some basic questions such as: Is this claim true? Is it misleading? Is it half-truth?
For us, every content on social media—a meme, photo, video, post or combination of all of these—is a claim. Any statement from a public or an elected official, a candidate or a political party leader is a claim. For us, any report that appears in mainstream media is a claim. And, our job is to find out whether that claim stands the test of public scrutiny.
While deciding on what to fact-check, we look for its relevance, impact, reach and public interest. We ask several questions about the claim such as: Will it cause harm if left unchecked? Is it in public interest? How wide has it reached? We don’t fact-check people’s opinions, but do so if an opinion has fact in it.
We publish five types of reports on Nepal Check. They are:
We debunk misinformation and disinformation
We explain difficult-to-understand issues in easy-to-understand ways
We scrutinise parliamentary debates and media reports
We share ideas, knowledge, tools and tips to counter bad information
News and updates
We inform our readers and supporters of our activities
Recent Nepal Check articles:
Viral TikTok Post Misleadingly Claims It Shows Publication of SEE Results
A TikTok video featuring a female newsreader reporting the publication of secondary education exam results has gone viral in Nepal, amassing over 2.1 million views and 75,000 likes as of June 1, 2023. However, Nepal Check found that the video is four years old and lacks crucial context.
Photo of Damaged Papaya Plants from Sri Lanka Falsely Circulated as Nepal’s Farms
Social media users have circulated an image of papaya plants damaged by winds, claiming that it shows a devastation in Nepal. However, Nepal Check found the photo shows an incident that occurred in Sri Lanka two years ago.
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