Readers send us claims to verify via email  or WhatsApp (+91 9311 223145). First Check team also continuously monitors social media channels for viral health claims that may be unscientific and/ misleading.

Given our focus on health and science, our team sifts through medical journals and research papers to understand the context of every claim and whether or not it has any scientific backing. We also reach out to First Check members, who are experts in the relevant field, whether it’s public health, research, a particular disease, or vaccines, to check if there is any scientific evidence to support the claim.

Apart from reaching out to First Check members for verification and expert advice, we also use various digital tools to verify the origin of viral photographs or videos, if any, before arriving at a conclusion.

Once the claim has been thoroughly verified and evaluated, we publish the fact-check story, following our editorial protocol.