Before you hit share on that amazing photo, take a minute to make sure it’s real. The fine folks on the interwebs can do amazing things, like submerge an entire fleet of airplanes underwater, migrate the Loch Ness Monster from Scotland to Charleston or feature a school of sharks circling an escalator.
It’s not a new thing, it happens every time there’s a big natural disaster.
Over the next few days, you might see some of these on social media. I assure you, they are not real. Please don’t claim them claiming they’re fact.
Some historical favorites:
This supercell from Nebraska in 2004 has been used for numerous storms over the years. A snip here, a cut there…it’s now coming right for your favorite beach landmark.
Remember that time the WonderWorks Eatery in Myrtle Beach was upside down? I promise, Hurricane Florence had nothing to do with it.
HOW much rain did they get at Wilmington International Airport??? Not this much. This photo was shared MILLIONS of times after Hurricane Harvey. In reality, it’s a mock-up photo meant to show the potential effects of climate change from LaGuardia Airport in New York.
Don’t be McFooled. this floating Ronald is not real. The McMassacre is a 2009 art installation by a Danish artists’ group. No need to McPanic.
We want you to share information. We want everyone to be safe. We want you all to please, for the love of God, make sure what you’re sharing is factual. We also want people to quit saying sharks are just cruising down the interstate…
Some photos make it really easy to tell when it’s a fake…others come complete with sources and stories. Just remember, if it seems
A good rule of thumb for photos, articles or posts is to check out Snopes.com – a quick search can save you a lot of embarrassment.
- Google Image Search is a simple tool that lets you copy and paste an image and search for it in Google images. You’ll be able to see if the photo has been shared in the past and, often times, where it came from originally.
- Reveye is a Google Chrome extension that searches Google, Bing, Yandex, TinEye and Baidu. That should clear up any questions.
- Tineye works just like a Google Image search, upload the photos and see just where it’s been before on the internet.
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