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Practical guide to identifying fakes

Practical guide to identifying fakes

We’ve all been victims of false news. The old media functioned as a filter to differentiate the from the real news (though obviously not always fulfill their work well ), and when the appeared there was a period of adjustment on the part of society to this new technology, as people believed that because there was information online, it was true (now that was successfully exploited by the advertising campaign for the film The Blair Witch Project).

Knowing search for images, not just text

As Hurricane Sandy lashed New York, hundreds of images circulating on Facebook and Twitter that showed the level of devastation due to natural disaster. From fake photos one could distinguish two types: those modified with an image editor (which usually consists add sharks to the scene), and they were real , but taken quite some time ago.

The easiest way to find the source of an image is through Google. When one enters images.google.com , next to the search field is the icon of a camera that opens a new search field where you can enter the URL of a photo, or upload one from your computer.

After finding all similar photos, one can find among them the original and determine the date you got on the web. So, if someone says that yesterday I took the photo to a UFO in the sky and see a picture like rise for years but obviously a hoax.

Know how to recognize the sources

It may sound obvious, but it is common for some people to give false information because they do not know the source of the information may be, for example, half satire like The Onion, who invent news in a fairly serious and usually are collected by Facebook users .

A few months ago the news spread in social networks after the verdict in the case of Apple vs Samsung, the Korean company paid U.S. $ 1,000 million in coins to the Cupertino company. Everything started from the satirical website eldeforma.com , and was spread over the Internet at any time without questioning the source of the information.

More recently, a new news flooded social networks and various media were deceived : They had found Atlantis in Cuba, in the Bermuda Triangle. Only a little googling enough to notice something strange, because of relevant news and obviously would have been treated in every way in the world.

However, the news only existed in American media: The news originated in the Spanish website of Russia Today (who already withdrew from their website), and collected as a source entries in various blogs and occult conspiracy theories. The story was subsequently picked up by the official Cuban agency Prensa Latina (who also dropped the news ) and spread among various media.

In other words, Russia Today journalists relied on anonymous bloggers instead of googling to find the news and it was a former BBC noted that the scientists involved were not working on the project for years (and in fact a member facing various problems legal in Mexico ), and the animation and pictures of note came from the TV show ‘Ancient Aliens’ the History Channel. You know, the kind of meme .

Therefore, the important thing is to recognize that there are good sources and bad sources, responsible media and others who make money scaring people or surprising. Obviously creating a media list ‘reliable’ is risky and irresponsible, but certainly there is a substantial difference between the old Weekly unusual and the BBC, is not it?

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For auction, the sunken city is not even close to the Bermuda Triangle.

Knowing how to be cautious and wary

Not talking about absolutely distrust everything you say, but if something does not sound right when you read certain information, search the Internet does not cost anything. Just 20 years ago, if someone told you that the ceiling fan in a house you could decapitate, one could only doubt it, wait a few hours and motivate (much) to go to the public library to look up information on the subject.

Today, one can resort to recognized MythBusters , or websites specializing in refuting myths and rumors as Snopes.com . This implies a very related previous: Never rely on just one source. It can lie. Even those named.

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