Methodology

We aim to transparently show the steps we take throughout the debunking process.

Starting out with a specific question, we seek to investigate and report dubious stories and claims that may or may not end up on our newswires.

Our editors start by trying to contact the person behind a claim, as well as checking with our own archives and journalists.

We seek non-partisan, publicly available information in our investigations, and link to it online.

We seek specialist advice from identifiable sources where necessary.

We name and illustrate online verification tools that we use to carry out visual verifications, such as INVID or Google Reverse Image Search.

We seek previous posts of online images that have been used in false contexts and, where possible, locate and cite the original author.

A senior editor reviews each report before it is published online.