Monday, February 25, 2019

Curbing fake news is social responsibility says Amolo – ITREALMS


Fact checking on suspected fake news has been described as a social responsibility of every stakeholders in the news industry, which requires the understanding of its implications by any news manager in this era, says Emmanuel Caine Amolo, reports ITREALMS.

Speaking at the one-day workshop held recently by The Republic Media in Lagos, Amolo, an editor with The Beat99 fm charged media practitioners especially journalists to make efforts at understanding the implications of fake information and guard against sharing same as news.

“We all need to understand the implications of fake information and guard against sharing them as news,” he declared, urging that the positive change of checkmating this for every well-meaning media practitioners.

Dwelling on ‘Fact-Checking Tools to curb fake information’ Amolo said some fact-checking tools handle specific aspects of fake information such as plagarised texts, altered images, manipulated audios and videos as well as websites and individual accounts on social sites.

Decrying the fact that fake information purveyors are getting ever more sophisticated with their so-called ‘craft,’ Amolo pointed out that is for news persons to check them, “require a mix of traditional journalistic meticulousness, and up-to-date procedures in engaging with internet software.”

Some of the fact-checking tools for altered or recycled images, he listed to include TinEye, Google Reverse Image Search, Yandex, Jeffrey's Image Metadata Viewer, and FotoForensics.

And tools for fact-checking videos, GeoSearchTool, Amnesty International: YouTube DataViewer, InVid, and Mapping.

Tools for checking plagarised texts, he listed to include Who Tweeted It First, Grammarly, NoPlag, Plagiarism Checker and CopyLeaks.

While other fact-checking tools, he said comprised of, Adobe Audition,, Weaather underground,, for Facebook, to name but a few.

Amolo highlighted that TinEye, for instance, creates a “unique and compact digital signature” and compares it with its enormous 26 billion image dataset. Stressing that Google Reverse Image Search, visit and upload or drop your image by clicking on the camera icon. You can also use this on mobile using the browser menu and selecting ‘request desktop site.’

He also explained that Yandex, for instance, is similar to Google Reverse Image Search, and could download or drop any image into the search box. Just as Jeffrey's Image Metadata Viewer, is handy to find out particularly if “you are unsure when a photo was taken from,” noting that most social media platforms strip metadata from images.

In addition, FotoForensics, put in an image Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or drag a photo into this free tool to see how much editing has been done to it, describing it as a “Great tool for fact-checking fake photos” among others.

Nenye Dom/DoP

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