How to Find If The Viral Photos Shared on Social Media are Fake or Not

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Anwer Khan
Anwer Khan
Anwer is passionate about helping others to understand this complex web called the Internet. He also has interests Mobile Phones, Movies and Golf.

Internet is a great place to get information about anything. It is also a tool to make your voice reach potentially millions of people who are using the internet.

You may already know the power of social media. It played a crucial role in movements like Egyptian Revolution. When something appears on your Facebook Newsfeed, a simple share puts it in the newsfeed of all your friends, and the chain goes on and on. 

However, everything that lands in your news feed may not be what it looks to be. Even though a friend of yours is sharing it, you cannot be sure about its authenticity.

A simple example of a picture that appeared in my newsfeed, and then a friend notified me that the same image is being used for a different purpose.


Both trigger an emotion among the users resulting in them share this with their friends.

So, how do you know if something fake or not?

The simplest thing you can do is to [su_lightbox type=”image” src=””]look out for the comments on the source post[/su_lightbox]. This is not the best way to find the authenticity of something, but it sometimes saves you from going on to the next step.

Google Reverse Image Search is the best tool to find something about a photo, especially an image that seems pretty common or has many shares of it on social media.

To do that, open a new tab in your browser and type in.


[su_highlight]Go to the opened image and drag it to the Google Image search bar in the next tab[/su_highlight]. Alternatively, you can save your image to your PC and upload it on the image search.

This will return several results for you to look at. Open a few of them in the next tabs after you reach the meta description of those results.


If all those links talk about the same thing, then it is a sign that it’s not fake. Else. You do not want to pass on the wrong information to your friends. Instead, try educating them by putting the link you found while searching for its authenticity.

You can also share this post with friends to help them how they can find that something that appears in their newsfeed deserves a share or not.

How to use Google image search on your mobile phone?

Google image search is easily available on desktop but if you open Google image search on mobile phone, there is no option to upload photos from your mobile phone. This is because Limited clean space on mobile phones.

But you can still use the the feature off uploading photos from your mobile phone. Giving you have that photo save karna mobile phone. Open Google in your browser, preferably Chrome. Request desktop site, hitsan option available both on android and iPhone which opens the desktop version of a website.

What is the desktop version of Google Image search page opens you will find the option to upload photo.

Alternatively, you can also use Google Lense app, which game install from the Play Store for Android or App Store for iPhone.

It is an app which has many other use cases. You can copy the text from any image and even translate it. You can point your camera to a real life object and get more information about it from Google search.

You can also find similar photos of a particular photo, which is pretty much similar use case as finding details about a particular viral photo.

If you use group photo is this is bite into the Google photos app which is available for both iPhone and Android. When you tap on the Google Lense icon, the Google lens gets activated and find similar looking photos from Google image search.

Learn seven more search tricks to find what you are looking for.


With a few tips and tricks, you will be more efficient at searching for things on the internet. Check out these search trick if you haven’t already.

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