Browsing the "Fake" Tag

How A Production Company Faked ‘Instagram Migrant’ Account

September 15th, 2015 | by EJC

An Instagram account purportedly documenting a migrant’s journey from Dakar, Senegal, to Spain began trending earlier this year after the Huffington Post shared a story about it. The account, which was in fact created by a Spanish production company, is emblematic of the hazards that come with taking what we see on social media at face value


Boko Haram ‘Massacre’ Image Fake

November 6th, 2014 | by EJC

A graphic image circulating on Facebook and Twitter is said to show the badly charred bodies of 375 Christians murdered by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. Researchers at Africa Check investigate


Hard Evidence: How Does False Information Spread Online?

April 29th, 2014 | by EJC

At the recent World Economic Forum, members raised concerns over the spread of misinformation online. Farida Vis, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Media, looks at online communication channels and explains how false information propagates



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