If the past few years have taught us all something, it’s that “fake news” has found its home on social media. 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.
For instance, 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. Yes, there’s a tremendous catastrophe happening in the Amazon, but the photo Macron posted was actually a 16-year-old stock photo of the Amazon taken by a photographer who died in 2003. Whoops!.
If you want to make sure what you’re sharing on the web is real (and you should), then you can verify photos like the one Macron shared using a reverse image search on Google Images or Tin Eye. For Google, if you’re using Chrome, you can search for images by simply right-clicking them and selecting “ Search Google for Image” from the drop-down menu. There’s also a Chrome extension.
If you’re using Tin Eye, all you have to do is drag an image or upload it to the Tin Eye site. In most cases, the site will be able to tell you if the image is legitimate or not.