How to detect fake news using pictures

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This post is all about how to detect fake news using pictures. Fake news simply refers to any information or news that is generated and disseminated to mislead. Fake news ,they say,is as old as journalism. Lives have been lost to fake news. People worldover have loss properties, valuables and even their happiness to fake news.

“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise” —Goebbels.

The club- footed Joseph Goebbels,a devout catholic,an author, an orator was the minister of propaganda for the German Reich. He is the father of modern day Misinformation. He was the unrivalled disseminator of fake news.

But even Goebbels would cringe at the fake news purveying -ability of Present day Politicians especially those ones from Nigeria. Weekly, the terrorist group, Boko Haram kills hundreds,rendering thousands homeless. The government and their spokes people would announce to the world that no such thing happened and that Boko Haram has been ‘technically defeated’.

This post is not about Nigerian politicians,as that would be an endless write-up and almost an exercise in futility. The politicians in this part of the world hates even constructive criticisms. Speaking out against the bad policies of the governments in power especially in Nigeria is a risky venture and comes with a heavy price such as been arrested and detained indefinitely for terrorism, treason and felony etc.

So. I am sticking to what I have set out to do-how to detect fake news using pictures.

A picture that was taken by a certain Jehovah’s witness,Roncliffe Odit for bbccswahili about the effects of famine in Turkana Kenya has been shared online and falsely labelled as Colonel Ibrahim Chamseddine who State sourced claimed died in a plane crash.

A man suffering because of farming in Turkana
A man emaciated from farming in Turkana
A picture showing the effects of famine in Turkana Kenya that was seized upon by purveyors of fake news in Nigeria

I am not going to mention names of the Nigerian winners of fake news spreading awards because they are too many and it is beyond the scope of this post.

Now to our business of the day(detecting fake news using pictures):
1.Download or save the picture in your phone
2.Navigate to tineye or google reverse image
3.Upload the picture you downloaded earlier in the search bar of tineye or Google images.Where Google images is employ for the verifications, set your opera or chrome browser to desktop site. The URL of the saved picture can also be pasted on the search bar of tineye or Google images
You can then relax and wait for the original information about the pictures in question from tineye or Google images.

Alternatetively download fake news detector from Google play and follow the prompts.

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