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As the Russia-Ukraine war escalates, cable news ratings skyrocket. But look at what they’re showing you: social media posts and online inspiration.
There is no doubt that the invasion of Ukraine is a social media war – the world’s first war. Many TV interviews are with Ukrainians who are gaining a large following on social media. Tic Tac Toe is full of post-bomb scenes and video clips of bomb shelters. They are shot on smartphones by citizens and shared directly with the world, ignoring traditional media outlets.
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From real posts and videos you come across fake, outdated footage and misleading information. Here’s how to find the junk, so you don’t inadvertently share it.
Take a critical look
Sharing on social media is always one click away. Many people don’t take the time to research an article, photo or video before it is published – especially when it comes to a friend or online person you trust.
Russia’s propaganda machine is working hard. Using artificial intelligence, Russia is creating fake Ukrainian accounts that agree to attack their country on Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and Twitter.
These accounts say that Ukraine is a “failed state” and that President Vladimir Zelensky is “establishing a neo-Nazi dictatorship.” Accounts often say that this person works for a news organization or represents a political movement in Ukraine in order to establish a reputation.
Want to see an example? Meet Vladimir Bondarenko.
Senior reporter for NBC News Brian Collins Discovering Vladimir Bondarenko and posting about him, he said, “He is a Kyiv blogger who really hates the Ukrainian government. According to Facebook, it doesn’t even exist. They are targeting Ukraine. The Russian troll farm was invented. Its face was made by AI. ”
If you take a closer look at Vladimir Bondarenko’s face, you can see a piece missing from the top of his left ear. This is the problem with AI. It often lacks details.
Have you ever seen a picture and you have a terrible feeling that something is closed? Listen to your conscience.
Are there signs or notable buildings in any of the pictures? What time of year Can you see a time clock or other indicator?
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Find the first use.
Old photos and videos go viral during conflicts, natural disasters or emergencies. The video of the dramatic explosion after the Russian invasion of Ukraine was shared tens of thousands of times. The footage was original, but showed an explosion in Beirut in 2020.
There are some tools that can help you find recycled content. Get started with Google Images.
You can search the Internet using images instead of words. When you run an image through Google Images, it will search and search for other similar images so that you can determine the authenticity of the image. It will also pull the modified and modified version.
- To find the image, you can:
- Drag the image. Google Images Search Field.
- Copy the URL of the image and paste it into the search engine.
- Right-click on any image in Chrome and press “Search Google for image”.
TinEye.com is another reverse image search option.. Images are checked against its domestic index, which has more than 52.6 billion images.
Pro Tip: Do you usually scroll through social media or news sites on your phone? Tap or click for a few ways to do a reverse image search from your smartphone..
Go on a fact-finding mission.
Whether you’re looking at photos, videos or just text, the more facts you know, the harder it will be to fool you. Where should you start? Many news organizations are devoting their resources to eliminating counterfeit viral content. Here is a list of facts checked by the Associated Press..
Independent groups are doing the same. Belling Cat “An Independent International Collection of Researchers, Investigators and Citizen Journalists” investigating the disseminated information about the Russia-Ukraine war. Click or click here for a list of Balling Cat’s fact-checked claims..
Metadata also tells a story.
Not everyone who posts pictures or videos online realizes that these files contain a lot of identifying information. Are you giving more than you feel? Tap or click to see how you can extract details from your photos or photos stored on your computer or phone..
If you see an image and want to know where it came from or when it was shot, use an online tool to check the metadata. Try exifdata Or metapicz To see if you can gather any interesting information. You can also view metadata using editing software such as Photoshop.
One thing to note is that social media sites often snatch metadata to protect user privacy. Unless a photo is shared with you directly or through a messaging app, you may have more luck using Google Images or TinEye.
Report false and misleading posts.
If you see fake photos or misleading posts, report them. Whether it’s Facebook or a popular news site, take the time to point out that the information is incorrect.
Fake images come with misinformation, and can lead to serious problems. Do your part to understand the truth from the beginnings and often the fiction.
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