You Turn is a legally registered organization that is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking. The registration certificate can be viewed here.
You Turn does not have any affiliations or favouritism towards any political, religious, or social slant in the news that’s published. We adhere to high Social Standards, Ethics, Virtue, and Quality.
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.
Note: The team is categorized into two – 1. Management Team, 2. Editorial Team. The proprietor, Mr. Kalidasan is the one who owns the Organization and funded initially. He comes under the Management Part of the Company. It’s the idea of our Founder, Mr. Vignesh to start the organization and he is the advisor of the Organization. The management team has given complete freedom of decision authority to the Editorial team in order to provide unbiased fact-checks. The editorial team is lead by Mr. Iyan Karthikeyan. He is our Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief and is the sole responsible person for the editorial part, where the proprietor or Founder doesn’t exercise editorial control in any way. Our Sub-Editor creates and published articles once it is verified by our Editor-in-Chief. Research Analysts research and fact check the claims. Multimedia Specialist takes care of the memes and video section. Sub-editor, Research Analysts, and Multimedia Specialist report to the Editor.
Founder and Cheif Advisor:
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 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 and Co-Founder:
Mr. Karthikeyan M, fondly called as Iyan Karthikeyan is the Editor & Co-Founder of YouTurn. 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 one of the active trainers with the GNI India Training Network and has been a part of the conferences/events organized by Google in Chennai, Delhi, and Singapore to curb the spread of misinformation. With a passion for teaching, he trains fellow journalists and students about fighting fake news and creating awareness on the same. He is also participating in TV debates and taking part in fact-check related interviews. He also directed a documentary movie Adaiyaalam which is testimony to the trials and tribulations faced by the now-rescued bonded labourers of Tiruvannamalai. He also hosted live streaming with Tamil YouTubers and celebrities to raise money to set up an oxygen plant at the Tiruvannamalai Government Hospital.
Iyan Karthikeyan‘s Official Twitter handle – @Iyankarthikeyan
Mr. Kalidasan R is the sole proprietor of YouTurn. His intention is to provide unbiased information to the public.
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.
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.
Ms. Helan Priscilla joined You Turn in June of 2017 in support of the cause she believed in. She holds a Master’s 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.
Ms. Gowthami Ramasamy 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.
Mr. Rooban K. joined the You Turn team in August 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. His role is to analyze and obtain valid proof for social media and other viral hoaxes.
Mr. Arun Prasath holds Post Graduate degree in Journalism and Mass communication in 2021, Arun joined Youturn by May 2021. His role is to collect resources and write articles based on it. He also involves in fact-checking several news and claims that revolve around social media.
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- Dr.R.Karthikeyan MBBS , MS, Mch ( surgical oncology), MRCS (edin)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. All claims that we receive will be fact-checked except the claims related to Movie gossips. We will not publish articles if we do not find sufficient evidence to prove or disprove the claims. We do not inordinately concentrate on any one side while fact-checking.The facts mentioned in our article are always accompanied by a valid source. We prioritize fact-checking based on the impact the claim would create on our society if it goes unchecked, and we also ensure that it reaches the audience as early as possible.
Policy on Political Involvement
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.
- 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.
- Political Activity – Employees should not engage in any political activities, such as but not limited to, being a part of any of the political parties, advocacy organizations, participating in any events of electoral campaigns or raising funds towards the same.
- 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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
We are open to corrections, suggestions, and feedback which is essential for our improvement. Major corrections made in the article will be highlighted under the “Update” section.
To err is human. We here in YouTurn are committed to making things right if any article published has any incorrect information readers can report for correction in the respective article through the website. Here is a summary of the correction policy for employees.
- When any correction is reported, it is to be analyzed thoroughly. If the analyst finds it to be a valid correction it is being escalated to the writer. If the correction is found invalid the reported reader should respond to the reader with the details.
- 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 on the website should be reviewed and authorized by the editor.
- 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.
- 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 the “UPDATE” column from time to time despite the correction.
YouTurn is an independent organization that is funded by Proprietor Mr. Kalidasan, who believed that everyone has the right to access unbiased information in the digital era where fake news spreads wide across and started becoming a threat to the real world. Since expenses are limited, our inflow is currently limited. Investment, the fund from the Company founder, subscription amount from readers, advertisement revenue from our article and video views are the sources 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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