Have you ever come across an article, news, or a story that sounds fake?
Well, I have had most of the time the story is fake. But I am a tech guy. I am on the other side of the table, creating content for the web for guys like you to read.
So if I come across something fishy, I can smell it. And today in this article I will tell you how you can too.
How to quickly find if a story is fake?
Before I detail, you can check out this Instagram Reel that I created. It is in Hindi, which is my native language. If you are reading this from India, you surely will understand. But if not, you may continue reading the article further.
Do a reverse image search on your mobile phone.
If you use Google Chrome on your mobile phone, be it Android or iPhone, it is pretty straightforward to do a reverse image search.
When you are on a story that has a photograph, and the story claims the subject in the photograph to be a victim or the perpetrator of an incident, along with profiling him by giving specifics like their name, their area of residence etc.
And the story tries to Trigger your emotions. Stop for a while before sharing it further and verifying it. Long tap on the image, which will give you are few options; one of them would be to do an image search.
It will open in a new browser tab on your mobile phone, and the search will contain similar photographs. Go through the first few results, at least the results on the first page, and acceptable if the story is consistent on all the articles.
Try finding an article from a reputed Publication. If you find inconsistencies with the details of the subject claiming to be a victim or a property later, then the story you read is most likely fake.
There isn’t a hundred percent surety that Google image search will show you the same image on different articles, but it’s still a start.
The next thing you can do is use the keywords such as the victim’s name on the perpetrator mentioned in the article, do a Google search and even social media search about it.
Twitter is also another great source where I can find information since most people discuss events. But since Twitter also has users who try to propagate fake stories, you will have to look for verified people, all who share verified stories.
I know it is too much to do, but it is always better to verify the story before amplifying it. Most of the time, Google image search would do the job if it won’t tell you the story is the way it would at least tell you if the story is authentic because you will find a verified Publication that has published that story.