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Study: You Suck At Spotting Fake Images

We all like to think we can spot a real from a fake. But a new study by researchers from the the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul suggests that, actually, we’re pretty awful at telling a real digital photo from a fake.

Six Easy Ways To Tell If That Viral Story Is A Hoax

“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems confirmed”. The image in question purported to show a group of Syrian refugees holding ISIS flags and attacking German police officers.

The Professional Hoax Trolls Of St Petersburg 

The stereotypical internet troll is sitting at home bored, primarily interested in shit-disturbing for chaos’ sake. But in Russia, trolling has been professionalised, with troll workers paid for full-time stints perpetuating hoaxes and trash-talking online.

9 Albert Einstein Quotes That Are Completely Fake

As Albert Einstein once said, “Don’t believe every quote you read on the internet, because I totally didn’t say that.” This year marks Einstein’s 136th birthday and to celebrate, we have nine quotes incorrectly attributed to Einstein that you may have seen swirling around the internet lately. They’re all fake.

LinkedIn Joins The Hoaxbuster Club, Buys Patent For Fact-Checking System

Now that social media sites have your attention, they’d like to have your trust. Today LinkedIn filed a patent for a fact-checking system, in yet another sign that people are simply fed up with the internet’s lies. And social media platforms are trying to do something about it.

Facebook Is Finally Going To Stop Showing You Garbage Hoaxes

Your Facebook News Feed is, more often than not, full of fetid, steaming, click-projectile-vomiting garbage. And Facebook wants to change that! Its latest attempt at weaning out undesirables? Calling out dumb, viral hoaxes.

10 More Viral Images That Are Actually Fake

The fakes are coming! The fakes are coming! Today we have 10 more images you may have seen floating around the internet recently. But don’t believe your lying eyes. They’re all totally fake.

That Time A Lying Factbot Accidentally Told The Truth

The internet loves fun facts. But those images and facts we see floating around are often more fun than fact. Sometimes, these incorrect facts are distributed by people who simply haven’t done their homework. Other times, they’re the product of people who just want to throw a spanner in the machinery of social media.

UberFacts Is Still UberWrong

A few months ago we did a little fact-checking and found out that UberFacts is full of shit. So we wanted to give it another shot. The results? UberFacts is still spreading way too much misinformation.

Inside The Colour Factory: My Chat With A Photo Colouriser

Dana Keller is a colouriser. He takes old black-and-white photos and applies his digital paintbrush, transforming them into a new work of art. Colourisation of old photos isn’t new, but it’s becoming increasingly popular on forums like Reddit’s r/ColorizedHistory, where people share their colourised creations. But how do these new works affect our understanding of the past? And what happens when the colourised photos become more popular than the originals?

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