Take a brief moment to check viral images online before you share them. This can help stop the spread of misinformation/disinformation. There are many online search engines and tools which will point to the origins of images you see on social media channels and elsewhere on the web. As fact checkers these are often our “go to” tools when considering an image.
Images are a quick, easy, and shareable way to communicate a message online. At FactCheckNI we often see them reappear some time later because of a renewed interest in the topic that the image is associated with. We also see them used out of context (e.g. a different time and/or place) in misleading ways.
Here’s a worked example of how we checked an image that was widely shared. Continue reading How-to: Reverse image search