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Can You Spot A Fake Photo?

In the age of fake news and alternative facts, could you spot a “fake” (or digitally altered) photo? According to a recent study in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, we detect a false image only 60 percent of the time. And even when we know that an image is false, we identify what is wrong with it only 45 percent of the time.

This means that, in our digital age where nearly anyone with a powerful, low-cost image editing software can create and share fake images, many of us will fall for the fakes and believe them to be real. Will there come a time when photos and videos will not be enough to prove guilt or innocence in a courtroom?

What about photo contests? Who can forget the number of controversies when The World Press Photo Contest disqualified entrants for digitally manipulating their photo entries?

Could you spot a fake photo? Take the test. (True to the test results, I scored a 6 out of 10.)

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