Verdicts

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

AAP FactCheck applies one of seven possible verdicts to each fact-checked submission.

The verdict is designed to be a clear and simple conclusion that is supported by the detail of the article and reference material.

The verdicts are defined as:

  • True – The checkable claims are all true.
  • Mostly True – Mostly accurate, but there is a minor error or problem.
  • Somewhat True – Mostly accurate, but there is more than one error or problem.
  • Misleading - The claim is mostly true but somewhat misleading.
  • Ambiguous – It is not possible to determine the veracity of the statement, or it has an equal weighting of true and false elements.
  • Somewhat False - Mostly false, but there is more than one element of truth.
  • Mostly False – Mostly false with one minor element of truth.
  • False – The checkable claims are all false.