The breadth of social media platforms and technology tools has coincided with the proliferation of illustrative and expressive images, which are a major factor in the functions and purposes of this development.
Often the pictures are attached to the texts or news to give the information included a visual aspect in order to attract the reader more, but we are often asked about the reliability of these images? .. and the possibility that it has been modified in a way that aims to influence the public according to a mechanism that serves the source!
Online tools such as ‘Forensically’ can help identify modified digital images, as the site analyzes the images to reveal whether they have been edited or changed, while this tool is not perfect and does not 100% disclose images Modified.
- Identify old photos that are being used out of context
There are a lot of modified digital photos on the internet, however, getting to know these adjustments still needs some technical skill.
A simpler way is to trick people who use old photos and attach them to a description that differs from what it is, making it tell the story the user wants.
Let’s take a look at the example below, as this image shows a woman threatening a police officer pointing his pistol to a man on the ground.
The caption on the photo says that the photo shows a mother in the Dominican Republic trying to protect her son from a police officer.
The story is impressive, the image is of good quality and is a great shot.
But “reverse image search” technology will enable you to verify the authenticity of the image by following these steps:
1) Click on the “hyper link” link.
2) Upload the image you want to verify.
3) Upload the image you want to verify.
4) Click on “SHOW MATCHES” and check the results that are checked out.
Where the second article pulled by Google indicates that the image in fact belongs to a movie.
If you go to the IMDb movie site and search for the movie in question, you will find the image is available.
Simple error rate … even Google makes a mistake!
Although Google is the first platform widely used by people to search for images over the Internet.
However, Google is not ideal and its results cannot always be trusted regarding the origin of the image.
For example, this image is often used by social media users who often claim to show Christians killed by Boko Haram.
If we do a search for the origin of the images on Google, this is checked out:
According to Google, the photo was taken during a massacre in Ivory Coast, which occurred during the crisis that swept the country between 2010-2011.
However, if you keep searching, you will see that this image has nothing to do with the Doikoe massacre, but was taken in July 2010 when a fuel truck exploded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Causes of Google’s error
As for the causes of Google’s error, it is due to its algorithm that searches for the most likely context for an image by searching for articles that use this image.
However, this image was misappropriated on a very wide scale as it was used by many articles and websites that claimed it was a picture of Doikoy. Due to the frequent repetition of these articles, they have turned into reality with Google.
If Google doesn’t give you the results you’re looking for, you can try these tools to be able to check any image you want.