By Joseph Meier
The term “fake news” had been thrown around a lot, and it encompasses a very real problem in news media today.
Fake news is a fairly nuanced issue—much unlike President Trump has made it seem. It needs to be addressed on multiple fronts to lessen its persuasion, and there is something that you can do right now to stop it.
All it takes to stop misinformation is an informed tech-savvy public. If you want to be a part of this grassroots effort to destroy obfuscation, here is a tool you can use to spot fake news.
How to spot a fake YouTube video:
- Go to watchframebyframe.com.
- Copy the URL of the suspicious YouTube video.
- Past the YouTube link in the search bar, and click “watch video.”
- Now you can go through the video frame by frame by pressing the arrows at the bottom right-hand corner of the video.
- You can change the number of frames you move, forward and backward.
- You can also change the speed in frames per second.
Now, it is easier to tell if a video has been doctored or not. Simply go frame by frame and look for things that are missing or that do not make sense.
Some things to look for are: shadows for one object and not the other; objects moving slightly for no reason; objects that do not have the same tint or brightness and objects disappearing and reappearing from frame to frame.
In this frame of a famously fake video of an eagle snatching a kid, it is easy to see that part of the eagle disappeared.
This discrepancy was spotted by viewing the video frame by frame, much to the embarrassment of the people who passed it around. Do not let this happen to you.
Verification tools, like this, are a great way we can make news real again.