About Us

YouTurn (A part of People Educational Awareness Trust – Non-profitable education and awareness trust)
In the “Fake News” era, nuance and neutrality are dead. Unfortunately, with 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.
People Educational Awareness Trust 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 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 favouritism 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 (photo or video) is digitally manipulated/altered to make it look authentic, when it is not.
Mix symbol indicates that the information claimed has a mix of both true and false information/data.
Sarcasm symbol says that the claimed information was created/published/shared with sarcastic intention with bit of humour.
Misleading symbol in an article states that the claimed information is partly true but shared out of context, sometimes with an intention to create a wrong perception or an image for someone or something.
False seal denote that the claimed information is false.

Team behind YouTurn

Youturn is a unit of the People Educational Awareness Trust. The Trust is managed by Mr.Kalidasan (Chairman & Managing Trustee), Mr.Rajkumar (Secretary), and Mrs.Kavitha (Treasurer). We currently have a team of 10 members who are not a part of any political parties nor inclined towards any organizations.

It’s the idea of our Founder, Mr. Vignesh to start the organization and he is the advisor of the Organization. The founder has given complete freedom of decision authority to the Editorial team in order to provide unbiased fact-checks. The editorial team is led by Ms.Gowthami Ramasamy who has the exclusive editorial control. Our Sub-Editors write articles and publish them once it is verified by our Editor. Our team of Research Analysts research and fact check the claims and provide inputs. Multimedia Specialists take care of the memes and video section. Sub-editors, Research Analysts, and Multimedia Specialists report to the Editor.

Founder and Chief Advisor: 

Mr. Vignesh Kalidasan is the Founder of You Turn. He has a graduate degree in Computer Science Engineering, 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.

Co-Founder:

Mr. Karthikeyan M, fondly called as Iyan Karthikeyan, co-founded YouTurn and was the Former Editor-in-Chief till October 2023. He had contributed immensely over the years to take YouTurn to the people.

Editor

Ms. Gowthami Ramasamy is the Editor of YouTurn. She joined the You Turn in April 2018 and has been instrumental in its growth and reach over the years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Having volunteered to be part of YouTurn’s Research team, she had risen through the ranks and now heads YouTurn.

Gnanaprakash – Associate Editor

Gnanaprakash graduated from Madras University in 2017, with a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication degree. He worked previously with a couple of other web pages as a Sub Editor.

Ramasamy Jayaprakash – Senior Sub Editor

Ramasamy Jayaprakash is a Senior Sub-Editor and writes for our English site. He holds a Masters Degree in Management. He joined us in September 2022. His role is to look for misinformation spreading in Social Media and debunk those fake stories. He also makes videos for YouTurn in both Tamil and English.

Krishnaveni – Sub Editor

Krishnaveni works as a Sub-Editor at You Turn. She completed her Master’s in History from Madras University. Additionally, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Tamil Literature. She was a former employee of an IT company, and currently, her role involves verifying the factual accuracy of news on social media to identify and expose fake news.

Medical Experts:

  • Praveen Kumar C MBBS MD MRCP(UK). D̅N̅B̅ G̅A̅S̅T̅R̅O̅
  • Dr. G.Suchitra Lakshmi. B.S.M.S, M̅P̅H̅
  • 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 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. 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.

  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 parties, 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.

Correction Policy

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 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.

  1. 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.
  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 on 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 the “UPDATE” column from time to time despite the correction.

Funding

YouTurn was an independent organization that was funded by Proprietor and Founder till June 2022. Currently, donation amount from readers, grant, advertisement revenue, 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.
Our Financial Statements for the FY 2022-23 can be viewed here.

Website Privacy Policy

At YouTurn, accessible from youturn.in, one of our main priorities is the privacy of our visitors. This Privacy Policy document contains types of information that are collected and recorded by YouTurn and how we use it.

Log Files

YouTurn follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services’ analytics. The information collected by log files includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.

Contact Forms

If you try to reach us while submitting a claim, reporting any article or donating on this website, your name, email address and message will be stored in our website backend to allow us to respond to your query. Your information will not be used for any other purpose.

If you have additional questions or require more information about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us.


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