We’re getting a lot of snow, even blizzard conditions, in Central New York and I wonder if bogus snow pictures will find their way around the Internet.
He says BBC uses a 4-point checklist, which makes good sense to me:
- Establish the author or originator of the image
- Corroborate the location, date and approximate time the image was taken.
- Confirm the image is what it is labeled or suggested to be showing.
- Obtain permission from the author or originator to use the image.
Other tips from Barot that I found helpful:
- Sources usually talk in descriptive terms about where they are and what they see. If the person is vague, be skeptical.
- Ask the photographer to send additional images. This helps you verify as well as get a sense of how the event rolled out.
- While many people suggest you look at the metadata, or Exif data, from the photo (make/model of camera and time stamp), he said, which I didn’t know, that Instagram, Facebook and Twitter strip out the metadata.
- Use Google Translate to read signs in languages you don’t understand.
The Verification Handbook is well worth reading — and do it now, before a disaster or emergency when you need to authenticate something quickly.