Social media buzzes with fake photos of Sandy
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CHARLOTTE -- When severe weather hits, fake images almost certainly hit the web. And, Hurricane Sandy is no exception.
The first one to make a huge splash on social media was the photo of the Old Guard standing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was said to be during Sandy but was actually taken back in September.
COURTESY: THE OLD GUARD
The amazing image of the Statue of Liberty turned out to be a photoshopped photo taken by a photographer during a 2004 thunderstorm.
With these photos getting thousands of retweets and shares on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the news verification site Storyful.com offers these tips on how to determine if the images real:
COURTESY: MIKE HOLLINGSHEAD
First, you can find the history of the image by using Google Images
to find its online footprint like where else it was posted and when.
Second, it seems simple but ask the source. You see someone sending out an image, make contact, and ask them about it. Did they take the photograph themselves? If so, get details.
The lesson here is bring your skepticism to Sandy even as social media buzzes with instant, awe-inspiring updates.
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