FAQs

What is Ferret Fact Service?
Ferret Fact Service is Scotland’s first non-partisan fact checking service, launched in Spring 2017. It is the fact-checking arm of The Ferret We check ...
Fri, 15 May, 2020 at 3:02 PM
Who works for Ferret Fact Service?
Our chief fact-checker is Alastair Brian. He previously worked for STV News, ITV Border and BBC Scotland across features, news and politics. He leads on fac...
Thu, 14 May, 2020 at 4:47 PM
Who funds Ferret Fact Service?
Ferret Fact Service was founded in April 2017 after a grant of 50,000E from Google's Digital News Initiative. This grant was for one year to launch the...
Thu, 14 May, 2020 at 4:47 PM
Does Ferret Fact Service support any political parties?
No. Ferret Fact Service is non-partisan. This means that we are politically neutral and will not endorse or support any political party. Additionally, n...
Fri, 15 May, 2020 at 5:39 PM
What do we check?
We check statements from politicians, pundits and prominent public figures about issues which you are interested in. Fact checks will also be undertaken on ...
Thu, 14 May, 2020 at 4:48 PM
How do we find facts to check?
Fact checks can come from a host of places, including reader’s suggestions. We spend a lot of our time looking at press releases, listening to TV and ra...
Thu, 14 May, 2020 at 4:48 PM
Who can submit a fact check?
The purpose of the Ferret Fact Service is to help you navigate through the murky waters of politics and current affairs by telling you when a claim is true,...
Thu, 14 May, 2020 at 4:49 PM
How do we check a claim?
Once we decide on a statement to check, our first step is to go to the person or entity who made the original claim to ask for evidence where possible. ...
Thu, 14 May, 2020 at 4:50 PM
How do we come to our verdicts?
After interpreting and evaluating the evidence we give each of our Ferret Fact Service checks a final rating. While this verdict is the final assessment of ...
Thu, 14 May, 2020 at 4:50 PM
Corrections, updates and complaints
While we strive for accuracy in every Ferret Fact Service check, we are only human. Occasionally we may make errors, and if so we will say so. If yo...
Fri, 15 May, 2020 at 6:05 PM