About Us


What is Pagella Politica
Pagella Politica is a newspaper registered at the Court of Milan, n. 55 of 8 March 2021. Pagella Politica has been online since 2012, as the only Italian website dedicated to political fact-checking. Our objective is to monitor statements made by Italian politicians and verify their truthfulness according to reliable data and sources.
Since 2017 Pagella Politica is an active member of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), and signatory of the related Code of Principles. Any user can report an alleged violation of the Code directly to IFCN through this questionnaire.

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Who are we?
Pagella Politica is a project of The Fact-Checking Factory (TFCF) Srl. The company was founded in 2013 with the name of Pagella Politica Srls (the name was changed in December 2020) by ten partners (Pietro Curatolo, Daniele De Bernardin, Federica Fusi, Giorgio Gagnor, Amerigo Lombardi, Alexios Mantzarlis, Flavia Mi, Andrea Saviolo, Silvia Sommariva and Carlo Starace) with the aim of monitoring the statements of the main Italian politicians, in order to evaluate their veracity through numbers and facts. TFCF Srl also operates the political fact-checking project Facta.news.
None of the founders or staffers are members of political parties and/or organisations, and the lack of political involvement is a key prerequisite in order to work or cooperate with Pagella Politica, which we verify during the selection process. We do not support a candidate in any election nor advocate or take policy positions on any issues.
If you want to know more about us, you can find our bios here.


How did we start?
Pagella Politica was born as a voluntary and self-financed project by the founding members. Over time, Pagella Politica began to collaborate with newspapers, radio, TV and training institutes. This allowed the company to grow and hire some employees and collaborators. In April 2020, the sister project Facta.news, which deals with non-political disinformation, was launched.


How is the project financed?
The Fact-Checking Factory The Fact-Checking Factory is currently financed mainly through (a) content providing activities, i.e. by selling content and / or services to third parties; (b) participation in international projects and calls.
In 2020, the main sources of financing (those that accounted for more than 5% of revenues) were, in order of importance; Facebook (within the Third-Party Fact-checking Program); some calls promoted by the International Fact-checking Network; the AGI news agency (not renewed for 2021); the Italian public broadcaster RAI (not renewed for 2021); the funding obtained as part of the European projects SOMA (winner of a Horizon 2020 call from the European Commission, grant agreement no. 825469) and Fakespotting. The Fact-Checking Factory doesn’t receive money from political parties or entities related to political parties.


How do we spend our money?
Thanks to our clients we are able to finance Pagella Politica, spending near all the money on wages and running expenses for the company. The team is presently composed of 8 full-time employees, 2 part-time and 4 contributors working on specific projects. The ten owners do not receive any monetary fee, and profits, if any, are reinvested in the company.


What exactly do we do?
1. We collect our statements by constantly monitoring;
- the main Italian newspapers, printed and online, national and local;
- the major news agencies;
- websites and Twitter profiles of politicians;
- websites of national political parties;
- websites of the ministries and of the Italian government;
- Youtube.
2. We only choose statements that are based on verifiable facts or numbers;
3. We quote the statement exactly as it is reported by the source, and include the links to the relative article or video, in order to allow anyone to directly verify what was said.
4. We always cite the sources of the data on which we base our assessments of the falsehood/veracity of the declarations, so that we can easily be refuted if we have misinterpreted the available data. If those data are updated later on, Pagella Politica will not change its assessment, because our assessments are made in the light of the data available to us (and therefore to the politician making the declaration) at the time of the declaration itself.
5. We select the statements to be verified mainly on the basis of their relevance and resonance in the media and in the political debate, always trying to avoid an undue concentration of our articles on a single politician / political party.
6. If you want to have a declaration verified by uss click on the "submit a declaration" button on the home page.
7. We are not perfect! If you see a statement that looks wrong to you, leave a comment under the statement justifying your opinion. We will check our and your analysis and correct ourselves in the event of an error (by posting the correction on this page, where our corrections policy is also available.


Disclaimer
Pagella Politica does not propose a statistically valid indicator of the credibility of politicians. The different number of statements analyzed per politician and the limited time frame of our operation do not allow, at present, to compare politicians on the basis of the veracity of their statements. The graphic views of the individual profiles are intended to be a semi-serious guide to the reliability of the statements. However, they cannot be considered precise representations since they are based on a sample of statements made by the politicians we follow. Over time, we hope to have high enough numbers to give at least a rough idea of ​​the coherence of the policy in question.

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