Visual Verification Exercise & Resources
WITNESS/MediaJustice workshop, November 2020
Everyone should try to work through these questions on their own computer, then share answers with the other members of your group to double check. (You can also share tips on the way – this is a good chance for more experienced misinformation researchers to advise others.)
The tools mentioned in the presentation are linked below the questions. There are three groups of questions, image search, video search and OSINT, and some extra challenges for anyone who finishes early.
You will have 30 minutes to work on the exercises, then we will regroup to share answers and process, discuss questions that came up, etc.
- image: Where & when was this photo taken?
- : Where & when was this image taken? What is the context?
- : When and where was this image taken? What does it show Can you find the full video?
- Bonus question: What mode of transport is associated with this city?
Video search (InVid):
- Why is about violence in Tanzania misleading?
- Watch closely. Where are these people? (It should be possible to answer with an exact pin on Google Maps.) What’s the date and the context?
- Hint: Look – and listen – for as many clues as you can in the video!
IF YOU FINISH THE ABOVE:
- Try out using to find visual media from your local area relating to a topic you’re interested in (& optionally try to verify / geolocate)
- Test yourself on some OSINT challenges from the Twitter account
- Pick a more specific search tool from the + try it out
Reverse Image Search
Reverse Video Search
- (Chrome or FireFox)
- – First Draft
- Bellingcat (more advanced)