Facts in Focus: Combating Fake News Through the Artists’ Lens

July 3, 2023

Meta presents Facts In Focus – a collection of artwork from local artists and creators in Lithuania, Slovakia and Bulgaria, designed to help people identify and respond to misinformation. 

At Meta, we believe that visual art can be a powerful tool for understanding complex societal challenges, such as misinformation. That is why we have asked illustrators and graphic artists from Central and Eastern Europe to use their art to empower people to decide for themselves what to read, trust and share – both online and offline.

Scroll down to view the artwork.

Our Work to Combat Misinformation

At Meta, we are taking aggressive steps to combat it on our platforms.

We remove misinformation when it violates our policies. This includes the most serious kinds of misinformation, such as content that could lead to imminent violence or physical harm.

For all other types of misinformation, we focus on slowing the spread so fewer people see it and directing people to information from authoritative sources. To do this, we work with 90 independent third-party fact-checking organisations across the globe – the largest fact-checking programme of any platform. In Central and Eastern Europe alone we work with more than 20 fact-checking partners.

When our fact-checking partners rate a piece of content as false, we show it lower in Feeds so that fewer people see it; notify people who share the content — or who have previously shared it — that the information is false; and apply a warning label that links to the fact-checker’s article disproving the claim.

Read more about Meta’s approach to misinformation here, and remember these tips for how to spot false news.

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