About Us

In the “Fake News” era, nuance and neutrality are dead. Unfortunately, with the digitalization and social media there is an increase in the widespread news either factual or fake making the authenticity of the content questionable – readers need a better way to find the facts. 

You Turn is committed to fact-check media content in a transparent and unbiased manner. Our goal is to give the audience the truth behind the news circulated in various social media outlets.

You Turn does not have any affiliations or favoritism towards any political, religious, or social slant in the news that’s published. We adhere to high Social Standards, Ethics, Virtue, and Quality.

Fact Checking Methodology

How do we achieve it?

Technology: We use various tools like reverse image search, a key feature that helps find original image information, with which we check the source of the information – including the hosting website and date posted.

Data Journalism: Even though technology helps facilitate our goal, we strive for further validation. Our Journalist team actively looks for evidence to support the verified news before labeling it as either True, Fake, Misleading and Sarcasm. This final outcome is backed up by actual data that is either gathered by reaching out to the authentic sources or documents that can prove the same.

 

Why do we do what we do?

You Turn’s core belief is in social responsibility, to eradicate any impact of Fake News in society. We aim to give correct information to the people by working on each claim and back it up with substantial evidence of the outcome.

What do we check?

  • Political fact-checking: Scrutinizing claims made by political parties, leaders and other persons in positions of authority across the political spectrum.
  • Health and medicine: Fact check for evidence-based medicine & critiques misinformation in public health policies.
  • Social media rumors: Debunking the misinformation and disinformation that circulates on social media.
  • Mainstream media misinformation and bias: Examining inaccurate or misleading information disseminated by mainstream media, either inadvertently or with an objective of shaping public opinion.

How do we categorize fact-check articles?

True symbol in an article says that the information claimed is completely true
Fake symbol denotes that the claimed information is completely false
Mix symbol indicates that the information claimed has a mix of both true and invalid data
Sarcasm symbol says that the claimed information was created/published/shared with sarcastic intention so the information need not be taken genuinely
Misleading symbol in an article states that the claimed information is misinforming

Team behind YouTurn

We currently have a team of 10 members who are not a part of any political parties nor inclined towards any organizations.

Founder: 

Mr. Vignesh Kalidasan is the Founder of You Turn. He has a graduate degree in Information and Technology, currently pursuing a career as a data engineer who has tremendous experience in the field. His passion towards creating awareness to the public about “Fake News” and its widespread impact on the society gave birth to You Turn. He founded You Turn in the year of 2017 and his support to You Turn with his ideas to push it more into the people.

Editor:

Mr. Karthikeyan M , fondly called as Iyan Karthikeyan is the Editor & Co-Founder of You Turn. He is an engineering graduate currently working as a Journalist. Iyan previously worked as a freelance journalist and editor of Munaivu.com. He is well versed in both technology and journalism skills. He is a Google Certified Trainer. With a passion towards teaching, he trains fellow journalists and students about fighting fake news.

Proprietor:

Mr. Kalidasan R is the sole proprietor of Youturn (UAM – TN02D0089414). His intention is to provide unbiased information to the public.

Writer:

Mr. Sanmugaraja joined You Turn in May 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. His role is to analyze and obtain valid proof for social media and other viral hoaxes, then write articles based on the evidence. In obtaining the proof for claims he also interviews people to verify the facts.

Photo Editor:

Joining as of May 2017, Mr. Kishore Kumar is currently working on an architectural thesis. He creates and edits memes for the fact-checked articles to easily reach our readers. He also assists with YouTube video edits.

Research Analyst:

Ms. Helan Priscilla joined You Turn in June of 2017 in support of the cause she believed in. She holds a Masters degree and volunteered to be part of the Research team. Her major role is to analyze social media posts and verify them. Helan also contributes to video editing and managing the company’s social media accounts.

Research Analyst:

Ms. Gowthami joined the You Turn team in April 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration. Gowthami volunteered to be part of the Research team. She currently researches and fact-checks hoaxes.

Submit a Claim

  • Visit our Contact Us page to update and submit claims.
  • The claims to be fact-checked can be emailed to us at info@youturn.in.
  • Claims can also be sent to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter inboxes.

Note: You Turn will check submitted claims and publish an article once we have enough proof. We will not publish articles if we do not find sufficient evidence to prove or disprove the claims. The facts mentioned in our article are always accompanied by a valid source.

Policy of Political Involvement & Correction

We fact-check claims that require verification. All the reports published by us hold the proof links or source of the facts provided in the report. And the complete article is checked by our team before publishing it.

If you think it needs a correction in the article or needs any improvement in the explanation of the information, please let us know in the “Report Article” section which is available below each article.

You can also send us your complaints on our Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram page or email us at info@youturn.in.

We are open for corrections, suggestions, and feedback which is essential for our improvement. Major corrections made in the article will be highlighted under the “Update” section.

YouTurn’s Policy on Political Involvement and Correction for Employees

YouTurn is a non-partisan fact-checking organization, and as a result, employees associated with us are strictly refrained to participate in any political or non-political activity that effects the company’s policy. To protect YouTurn’s commitment to non-partisanship any New/Existing – Employees/Volunteers should adhere to all the company’s standards and policies. This document covers the important aspects of the policy but it is not limited to only below. Every employee plays a vital and is deemed responsible in case of any violations.

The Term Employee here refers to all the people who work full time, Part time or Individual contributors. This Policy is applicable to all the above.

  1. Unbiased Analysis – Employees are subject to fact-check, validate, analyse the claims on a non-partisan basis irrespective of their personal opinions. This includes Political Parties, Corporations or Organizations but not limited to the above. Fact-check is to be completely based on the evidence gathered.
  2. Political Activity – Employees should not engage in any political activities, such as but not limited to, being a part of any of the political party, advocacy organizations, participating in any events of electoral campaigns or raising funds towards the same.
  3. Non-partisan Article – Employees must provide unbiased fact-check information in the article regardless of their personal affiliation to any Political Party, Religion, Caste, Community, Race and Sexual Orientation or anything for that matter. The article may not endorse or oppose anything as stated above but it has to provide the required information with appropriate evidence.
  4. Article Review – Effective multi-layer validation of the article is to done before publishing it. Validation done by any volunteer is to be re-checked by an Employee or by the supervisor. No compromise is accepted on providing biased information. Influencing personal preferences in the article is not encouraged.

To err is human. We here in YouTurn are committed to make things right if any article published has any incorrect information readers can report for correction in the respective article through the website. Here is the summary of the correction policy for employees.

  1. When any correction is reported, it is to be analysed thoroughly. If the analyst finds it to be a valid correction it is be escalated to the writer. If the correction is found invalid the reported reader should respond to the reader with the details.
  2. The respective employee shall make the corrections if applicable as quickly as possible which in turn would reflect in the published article. Any data before posted in the website should be reviewed and authorized by the editor.
  3. A separate title named “UPDATE” will be added at the end of the article which will hold the corrected information. The same shall be notified to the reported reader.
  4. Errors of fact need to be corrected and updated separately wherein typos, grammatical mistakes, misspellings, wrong word usage, and other such things just needs correction but need not update it separately. Any additional information related to the article may also be added under “UPDATE” column from time to time despite the correction.

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Funding

The company is initially funded by Kalidasan, who believed that unbiased information is everyone’s right. Since the expenses are limited, our inflow is currently limited. Investment, the fund from the Company founders, subscription amount, inflow from our article and video views are the only source of our income. We also accept and greatly appreciate donations from anyone who believes in us and wants to be part of our journey.

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