Six Easy Ways to Tell If That Viral Story Is a Hoax

This is a really cool article that explains some of the ways that amateur internet detectives (as well as pro’s and, yes, you can use them too) can easily determine if elements of a viral story (such as photos and vidoes) are genuine.  These tools can be used for much more than defeating a hoax.  And there are some tools here that I will definitely use in the future.

“…News in the digital age spreads faster than ever, and so do lies and hoaxes. Just like retractions and corrections in newspapers, online rebuttals often make rather less of a splash than the original misinformation. As I have argued elsewhere, digital verification skills are essential for today’s journalists, and academic institutions are starting to provide the necessary training.”

Most fascinating to me? The reverse image search, Youtube Data Viewer, and Fotoforensics. Check out the site for links.

Also, note this one:

Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer

“Photos, videos and audio taken with digital cameras and smartphones contain Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) information: this is vital metadata about the make of the camera used, and the date, time and location the media was created. This information can be very useful if you’re suspicious of the creator’s account of the content’s origins. In such situations, EXIF readers such as Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer allow you upload or enter the URL of an image and view its metadata.”

Source: Six Easy Ways to Tell If That Viral Story Is a Hoax

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