Reverse Image Lookup

September 3, 2019

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The struggle to determine fact from fiction can be daunting, especially in the world of immediate social media posts. While “fake” posts are often news stories, they can also be images that people share, sometimes without the knowledge that what they’re sharing isn’t factual. Last week French President Emmanuel Macron posted an image along with a post calling for an emergency order to help save the Amazon rain forest. However the photo he shared was a 16-year-old stock photo of the Amazon taken by a photographer who died in 2003. There's an easy way for you to check to see if a photo you want to share is legitimate.  If you are using Google Chrome while browsing the Internet, right-click on the image to open a drop-down menu and click on “Search Google for Image.” Google will bring up the photo from multiple source along with date and time stamps so you can verify where the photo came from.  There's also a reverse image search website called TinEye which can also track where images originate online by dragging the image into its search box.  Both are free.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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