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5 Tools Every Young Journalist Should Learn About To Identify Fake News

If you suspect an online article, video or image is fake, here are some simple tools you can use to identify whether the news is fake:

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Google Reverse Image Search (Search Engine)

A lot of fake news can come in the form of photos. A simple way to identify the authenticity of an image is through Google Reverse Image Search. Google Reverse Search lets you search by images instead of keywords. The reverse search option helps in finding the original source of an image. It can also help in determining the approximate date when a photo was first published on the Internet. 

InVID Verification Plugin (Brower extension)

InVID is a plugin available on Chrome and Firefox. As you upload the image on InVID, you can able to trace its original location, thumbnails, keyframes, and date of creation. InVID Verification Plugin also allows you to reverse search on Google and Twitter. You can also magnify the images to observe its details minutely.

Youtube Data Viewer (Website)

After you paste the URL of the video on the search bar on Youtube Data Viewer, you will be able to see the upload time of the video. You can also view thumbnails and a link to reverse image search the thumbnails.


StalkScan is a tool that shows all public information for a given Facebook profile. This tool is used to identify details of the uploader of an image, video or news. By entering the link of the Facebook profile you can check and get all the public information. 


PeoplefindThor is another tool that is used to find details of Facebook.users. You can see the interests, likes, comments, photos, age, gender, etc of the uploader of a particular image or video or news. 

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