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

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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 it is being shared by a friend of yours, you cannot be sure about its authenticity.

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

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

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

The simplest thing you can do is to look out for the comments on the source post. This is not the best way to find the authenticity of something but sometimes saves you from going on to the next step.

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

To do that, open a new tab in your browser and type in. Google.com/images

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

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

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If all those links talk about the same thing then it is a sign that it’s not fake. Else. Do not want 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.

Learn 7 more search tricks to find what you are looking for.

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With 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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