How we work

GhanaFact is an independent, non-partisan fact-checking organization in Ghana, West Africa. We seek to promote accuracy in engagements on social media and in public discourse by correcting the spread of false or misleading claims or statements.

To do this effectively, we adhere to the principles of ethical journalism by promoting truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, humanity and transparency in the fact-checking/reporting process.

Each Fact-checking report we produce is different, but to ensure fairness, the way we approach all reports is the same.

The rating options include:

False: The primary claim(s) of the content are factually inaccurate. This generally corresponds to “false” or “mostly false” ratings on fact-checkers’ sites.

Mixture: The claim(s) of the content are a mix of accurate and inaccurate, or the primary claim is misleading or incomplete.

False Headline: The primary claim(s) of the article body content are true, but the primary claim within the headline is factually inaccurate.

True: The primary claim(s) of the content are factually accurate. This generally corresponds to “true” or “mostly true” ratings on fact-checkers’ sites.

Not eligible: The content contains a claim that is not verifiable, was true at the time of writing, or from a website or Page with the primary purpose of expressing the opinion or agenda of a political figure.

Satire: The content is posted by a Page or domain that is a known satire publication, or a reasonable person would understand the content to be irony or humor with a social message. It still may benefit from additional context.

Opinion: The content expresses a personal opinion, advocates a point of view (e.g., on a social or political issue), or is self-promotional. This includes, but is not limited to, content shared from a website or Page with the main purpose of expressing the opinions or agendas of public figures, think tanks, NGOs, and businesses.

Prank generator: Websites that allow users to create their own “prank” news stories to share on social media sites.

Not rated: This is the default state before fact-checkers have fact-checked content or if the URL is broken. Leaving it in this state (or returning to this rating from another rating) means that we should take no action based on your rating.