Type of project

Data science & machine learning

Period of time


As consultant of

Catchy S.r.l.
Google – Digital News Initiative


Slowly, Slowly, Catchy False News: Compass a project for truth
“You’re entitled to your own opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts”, Senator Moynihan’s famous quote no longer applies in the digital age. From political elections to sport, healthcare, wars and cultures, public opinion increasingly clusters in angry communities, clinging to “their own facts”. According to the World Economic Forum, “the spread of false information is one of the most dangerous trends of our age”. Catchy, a research team composed of scientists and media analysts has realized a “Compass”: a software based on AI algorithms to steer editors and the public away from tainted sources and toward legitimate websites, a crucial task during emergencies or breaking news.

How it works

Compass is a machine in its learning phase. In order to help us catching the fake news you have to follow these simple steps:

  • Look for the news you’re interested in;
  • Read the articles collected (you can indeed filter the news by sources – Feed RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest and Youtube);
  • Vote the articles: choose if they are True, Fake or Unknown by clicking T, F or ?.

To achieve these objectives the Compass project includes:

  • experimentation and testing of big data analysis techniques applied to the extraction and processing of data through the integration of online sources, offline, social, web and IoT;
  • concept and testing of dashboard for the “data visualization”;
  • realization of publishing products;
  • activities for the coordination of the development team;
  • implementation of “DEEP learning” and NLP algorithms for data classification, automatic summarization, automatic extraction of keywords and automatic classification and meta-data extraction.