A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification – bellingcat

Verification doesn’t need to be difficult.  It also doesn’t require any complicated algorithms or access to advanced tools or programs that automatically detect whether an image may be fake or manipulated.

A critical mindset and a close look at the context of an image or post, allied with simple tools such as a Google search or reverse image platforms, are often all it takes to discover whether a piece of content is genuine.

As this guide looks at some of the first steps for uncovering misinformation and disinformation, it is not fully comprehensive. Other good guides can be found herehere and here. A list of further resources will be included at the bottom of this article.

More seasoned open source researchers may find advanced guides or articles more useful.

A selection of these can be found via the “Verification” tag on our website.

Source: A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification – bellingcat