Claim selection

Restoring confidence in public statements by independently testing and verifying the facts

News Media Claims

AAP FactCheck examines the veracity of news media statements presented as fact by political and public figures. The statements must be quoted in the Australian news media, and include checkable claims as opposed to opinion and commentary.

AAP FactCheck aims to complete its assessment of the statement within the same working day, to ensure the outcomes remain as relevant as possible. While our focus is on domestic politics, we have no political affiliation to prop up, nor agenda to pursue. We seek only to reveal the facts.

The majority of submissions come via Australian media outlets but we encourage members of the public to reach out to us. AAP FactCheck staff also closely monitor the national media to identify quoted statements with a shaky factual basis, and we receive referrals via the extended editorial network of AAP.

When selecting a submission for verification, AAP FactCheck looks for the following things:

  1. That the checkable claim is contained in a direct quote from a public figure or otherwise influential individual.
  2. That the quoted statement contains clearly verifiable elements. AAP FactCheck cannot assess personal opinion or editorial comment.
  3. That the quoted statement was made, or reported in Australian news media, recently.
  4. That the quoted statement is relevant to a broad audience.

In addition:

  1. AAP FactCheck will give priority to submissions containing statements of a socio-political nature.
  2. AAP FactCheck does not assess, nor offer judgement of, reportage. We exist to serve the media, and to help maintain truth in news.
  3. AAP FactCheck’s internal selection process tracks submissions in numerous ways for the purpose of maintaining our bias-free position.

The final decision on what submissions are accepted rests with the AAP FactCheck editor, who may also weigh the current workload against our response-time benchmarks.

If you would like to suggest a submission for review, please Contact Us.

Social Media Claims

AAP FactCheck also verifies select social media content.

As an authorised third-party factchecker for Facebook, AAP retains full editorial independence and control over the content with which we engage.

Facebook algorithms identify text, video and images as being potentially false, misleading or otherwise suspicious and then refer that content to their factchecking partners.

AAP FactCheck checks the veracity of a subset of this flagged content after considering what is most relevant in our market, or likely to have the greatest impact in our market.

We apply the uncompromised journalistic principles of Australian Associated Press, and AAP FactCheck is always driven by the facts.

AAP FactCheck delivers evidence-based verdicts on the social media content we check. These verdicts are used to inform efforts to minimise the spread of false news and misinformation.

Just the facts

AAP FactCheck’s commitment to the truth is demonstrated by our evidence-based conclusions, developed after careful consideration of multiple verifiable sources and thorough cross-checking.

This work is subject to a strenuous, multi-layered editing process, where the journalist, and the logic they have applied, are both challenged. We do not editorialise nor impose value judgments on the subject matter, and we actively avoid undue focus on one issue, one side of an argument, or one source.

AAP FactCheck staff are university-educated journalists with industry experience and specialised training in fact checking. They work within a framework approved by the AAP Standards committee, that is compliant with AAP’s broader editorial standards and equal to industry best practice. We meet the highest international standards and are accredited with the Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network.