Okay, the thing I hate most about Facebook are all the unverified, made-up, and otherwise spammy articles, links, and photos that people seem to forward.
I’ve been a journalist for over 13 years because I have a passion for uncovering the truth. I like sources, footnotes, and names and so forth. I can usually debunk a questionable Facebook post with the assistance of snopes.com but today I’m going to have to do the work.
A friend of mine shared this photo to his wall:
This is the caption:
This photo is actually getting pulled off Facebook…so, the photographer added a lil text and renamed the file. Pass it on. I’m SURE the media doesn’t want this one out there. Share it as much as you can.
It was pretty easy to debunk this one. I just went to Google Earth, looked up Foley Square, New York City and this is what I got:
If you compare the two images you’ll notice that the cars are all in the same spots, the building shadows are all cast in the same direction, and so forth.
It is obvious that someone just pulled an image from Google Earth or Google Maps and added all the crowds with the aid of some photo editing software such as Photoshop.
Think before you share!