(NEWS CENTER) -- It's not just school yard rumorsthat peoplehave to worry about. Twitter rumors, fake pictures and staged pranks are all over the internet. In the age of digital manipulation and retweeting, spotting a fake takes some practice.
Twitter verifies accounts (the small blue check mark) to signify the account is legitimate. This is the first step in recognizing if the Twitter account is trustworthy. There is also a Twitter account @PicPedant that debunks fake online photos. The owner describes himself as obsesssed with Photoshop. He points out Photoshopped photos and mis-attributed photos. He replies to almost all questions via Twitter.
There have been dozens of wild Internet rumors, some with unfortunate consequences. One Twitter accounttweeted Justin Beiber had cancer and asked fans to go "Bald for Beiber." Many fans actually shaved their heads in support, but it was allfake.
Even news events can get caught up in hoaxes. Venezuela has been experiencing many protestsand supposed photos of the protests have been going around Twitter. However, many of the photos are from other protests and aren't current. News stations have even fallen for pranks like Jimmy Kimmel's Olympic wolf tweet.
There are many Photoshopped or mis-attributed photos on sites like Pinterest. To see a pictures history,reverse Google image searchto see whereelse the photo is online. To reverse Google image search, paste the link of the photo or upload it.
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