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Fake News

What is fake news? Why should you care? How can you avoid it? Find out all this and more, in the UVic Libraries Fake News Guide.

How are photos and videos being manipulated?

It’s not just textual media that can disseminate misinformation. Photos and videos can be manipulated in a number of ways to trick you into seeing something that isn’t real.

  • Alteration of photos and videos is becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to identify. Photoshopped images and deepfake videos abound on the internet. 
  • Watch out for photos and videos that are being presented out of context. What was happening before and after the photo or video clip was taken? What was happening off camera? Visual media doesn’t always capture the whole story, so consider what isn’t being shown just as much as you consider what is.
  • Ensure the photo or video is actually connected to the story. Just because a news article tells you that a picture was taken at a particular location or during a particular event doesn’t mean that it actually was. Do a reverse image search to see where else the photo shows up online.

How to verify visual content

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