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Peter Adams @PeterD_Adams
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Thread: #Teachers: Here's a quick demo of how to use an example of misinformation as a digital forensics learning pathway with students. Let's start with this piece of inflammatory clickbait, published under the pretense of satire by Daily World Update:
Drill down on that lead image of people in the trucks using a reverse image search, and you'll find examples of the image that include the license plate on the truck. Like this one:
Let's use the magnifier on InVID's awesome Chrome extension (found here:…) and get a better look:
That appears to be from outside the U.S. -- and a careful observation will suggest that it might be from Mexico. If students go that route, they can eventually match that license plate using an online database of world license plates like this one:
Careful observation will also raise questions about the plants and balloons that the passengers have.
Or a text search of the title of the image -- "El Grito" -- or further exploration on reverse image search results can bring them to the photography sharing and discussion site where the original was 2004…
It turns out to be people in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico, headed to a celebration of Mexican Independence Day and most certainly NOT undocumented immigrants voting in a hotly contested, highly partisan special election in Pennsylvania. /END
BTW Here is the "post zero" link that you want to see students come up with:…
N.B. Text search on "El Grito by Rockyboy" is the kind of text-based search that will return meaningful results here. Simply searching "El Grito" is too broad.
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