Taking A Look At Manipulated Images On Social Media
Newsy looked through thousands of fact-checked posts on social media to help you better spot manipulated content.
It may seem clear to you that this image has been doctored -- cut together from images of Barack Obama and David Cameron kissing their spouses.
But out on the internet, not everyone will see it that way.
After the 2016 election, Facebook created a program to fact-check posts. They started paying organizations like Reuters and Politifact to flag content like this.
Newsy looked through thousands of flagged posts and saw all sorts of misinformation. Much of it was manipulated content -- something that started off real but was later changed in some way to convey incorrect information.
Some of those were doctored photos that were presented as real. For example, fake photos of people hanging out with convicted sex offenders Jeffery Epstein and Harvey Weinstein, or altered documents.
But many more were photos that weren't doctored, but they weren't what the poster claimed. Like this photo: Dr. Anthony Fauci and Obama supposedly visiting "the Wuhan lab" in 2015 with Melinda Gates.
The photo is "real" -- it comes from the NIH. But that's not Wuhan, it's Maryland. And that's not even Melinda Gates.
We saw a lot of examples like this.
And don't think a post isn't manipulated just because it has numbers in it. The person who posted this map said it showed the number of missing children by county in Ohio last year.
This is real data that really comes from the Ohio Attorney General's office. But it actually shows missing children reports, and that's misleading.
There were 20,000 reports in 2018, but less than 2% of those children were still missing when the report was published. Nearly all of them were "safely recovered" that year.
Unfortunately, we can't rely on just Facebook's fact-checking partners to ward off misinformation. Only a small fraction of the millions of posts circulating every day on the platform can be checked.
According to the News Literacy Project, consumers should keep an eye on where a piece of information is coming from. Is it a reputable outlet? Are other news organizations reporting similar information? Where did an image or video first appear?
Misinformation often plays upon emotional responses. So if a questionable bit of information makes you feel outraged, it may be manipulated content trying to manipulate you.
Where Gen Z gets its news: Social media
A 2022 poll shows network and cable TV news came in fifth and sixth place, with newspapers dead last.By Martin Meissner / AP
Donald Trump can soon return to Instagram, Facebook
Meta has reinstated former President Donald Trump's accounts as part of a new protocol.By AP
What is the future of Twitter?
Twitter CEO Elon Musk has floated the possibility of declaring bankruptcy and has slashed costs and thousands of jobs.By Jeff Chiu / AP
Suicide bomber kills 47, wounds over 150 at Pakistan mosque
The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar.By Muhammad Sajjad / AP
US Air Force general warns of potential war with China in 2025
In a leaked memo, U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan said "my gut tells me we will fight in 2025."By Johnson Lai / AP
For 'Amtrak Joe' Biden, Baltimore rail tunnel visit is personal
President Biden will visit the aging Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel that's slated to be replaced with help from bipartisan infrastructure legislation.By Patrick Semansky / AP