Our Methodology

Topic Selection

Check Your Fact pays close attention to claims made by politicians, particularly party leaders on both sides of the aisle.

We frequently fact-check claims made by candidates for office, issue-based advocacy groups and prominent figures in the liberal and conservative media.

We sometimes address popular but suspect claims circulating on social media.

Check Your Fact strives to address claims that are extremely misleading or surprising, timely and may be of interest to readers.

We focus on verifiable facts and avoid fact-checking opinions or claims with ambiguous wording.

Research Methods

Check Your Fact contacts experts with varying views on the matter at hand and only relies on reputable source material. This includes reports from nonpartisan government agencies, academic sources and research published by prominent think tanks.

If a claim is suspect, we always reach out to the person who made the statement for supporting evidence and an opportunity to comment.

Writing Process

Check Your Fact delivers informative, but succinct content that provides readers with context and opposing points of view.

We include links to source data wherever possible so that readers can feel confident in our fact-finding.

Rating System

In evaluating claims, we try to avoid nitpicking and are committed to letting the evidence guide our conclusions.

Check Your Fact’s rating system consists of three verdicts: true, false and unsubstantiated.

True – The primary aspects of the claim are true and can be backed up with evidence.

False – The primary aspects of the claim are false and lack supporting evidence.

Unsubstantiated – There’s not enough evidence to establish a claim as true or false. The claim may have been made prematurely, or there might be conflicting data.

We rate all claims using the facts available at the time of publishing.

Editing Process

Check Your Fact has a dedicated editor who reviews every article for clarity, accuracy, fairness and consistency.

Corrections

If you believe one of our articles has an error, please contact our fact-check editor, David Sivak: [email protected]

You may also reach out to the author of the story. Contact information can be found at the bottom of every article.

An editor will review the article, and if there is an error, update the story accordingly.

If the error is significant, Check Your Fact will add an editor’s note drawing attention to the correction. Where necessary, we will also update the ruling.

Feedback

We encourage our readers to send us feedback, including recommendations on future fact-checks.

You may contact one of our reporters or send an email to either our tip line ([email protected]) or fact-check editor, David Sivak ([email protected]).

What makes a good fact check? We avoid fact-checking opinions or claims that are overly broad. For example, “Assault rifles are used in most school shootings” can be readily fact-checked, whereas “Banning assault weapons would stop school shootings” is something we leave the public to debate. 

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