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PolitiFact now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network

As part of our ongoing efforts to champion the values of accuracy, transparency and fairness, PolitiFact is now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles.

The principles are aimed at defining common attributes for excellence in fact-checking around the world.

Here are the network’s five principles and a brief explanation of how PolitiFact adheres to each principle:

• A commitment to nonpartisanship and fairness. PolitiFact fact-checks all sides of public issues. Our fact-check ratings are based on our best evaluation of the overall accuracy of the statement.

• A commitment to transparency of sources. Every fact-check includes a full list of sources, often hyperlinked. We use only on-the-record sources for verification.

• A commitment to transparency of funding and organization. We publish information about our ownership structure and funding, as well as biographical information on our staff.  

• A commitment to transparency of methodology. The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter explains in detail how we select facts to check and how we verify information.

• A commitment to open and honest corrections. When we make a mistake, we correct it and note it on the original item. If the mistake is so significant that it requires us to change the ruling, we will do so. We tag fact-checks that have been corrected.

PolitiFact submitted an application to the network and was approved on April 15, 2017. The application and an independent assessment of our work is available for the public to view via the International Fact-Checking Network.