In our previous issue we showed you how to verify the authenticity of pictures sent through internet. Videos are as important as images, so today we talk about how to verify their authenticity before sharing them.
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, among other instant messaging services such as WhatsApp and Blackberry Messenger are now being used as substitutes to obtain the information we are looking for. These sources being less than reliable, it is necessary to check what we are reading and watching before sharing, as some unscrupulous people, protected by anonymity, circulate fake information that contribute to the lack of information.
Here are a few tips on how to verify videos on the internet:
- Find the original source: in order to do so, you need to examine the channel the video came from. In the case of YouTube, the site offers the option to perform an advanced search applying filters and organizing the information by: the date they were uploaded, type of result, length, functions and relevance. YouTube filters help verify internet videos’ information.
- Find points of reference or other distinctive elements on the footage: using these references and Google Maps’ satellite images you can verify the video’s location.
- Social media as a means for citizen journalism give you access certain information that can help verify the authenticity of a video. You can interact with users who may have witnessed the events to confirm the facts.
- Contact the video creator: YouTube allows you to contact the user who uploaded a video by clicking on the username and displaying their personal information (name, website, location, among other things). You can also use the comments section and interact with the user who uploaded the video.
Source: UCAB Media Lab