Can you spot a fake photo online? Your level of experience online matters a lot more than contextual clues


This post is by Mona Kasra from Nieman Lab


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It can be hard to tell whether a picture is real. Consider, as the participants in our recent research did, these two images and see whether you think neither, either, or both of them has been doctored. You might have based your assessment of the images on the visual information alone. Or perhaps you factored in your evaluation of how reputable the source is, or the number of people who liked and shared the images. My collaborators and I recently studied how people evaluate the credibility of images that accompany online stories and what elements figure into that evaluation. We found that you’re far less likely to fall for fake images if you’re more experienced with the internet, digital photography, and online media platforms — if you have what scholars call “digital media literacy.”

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