The Wall-Street Protest that is “NOT” happening, according to the media is just bad Photoshopping

Nathaniel Christopher 11 Comments

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 but today I’m going to have to do the work.

A friend of mine shared this photo to his wall:

Wall Street Protest Photoshop

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:

Foley Square in Google Earth

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!

I am a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada who has blogged here for 20 years. I like to share my thoughts and feelings on my own online space. From 1998 until 2017 I worked as a journalist and I hope to use this website as an archive for all of my stories.


  1. Rikki: Thank you! Wouldn’t it be nice if truth and accuracy went viral a little more often?

  2. ED: I’m not claiming that Google took this photo within the last seven days. Google Earth shots are usually moths or years old. What I have shown is that someone has just taken an image (screen capture or whatever) from Google Earth or Google Maps and then used Photoshop or some other software to add the crowds.

  3. Thank you for clearing this up. The damn ‘omg they are out to hide the truth’ disclaimer was pissing me off and I couldn’t find anything at the usual place. (Snopes) I’ve linked you on a couple friend’s that have shared the photo. Too bad it’s gone viral, the original guy has something 14k shares of the photo.

  4. It’s really stupid of you to think that google earth took this photo in the last 7 days, in fact google earth photos date back to between 6 months to a year…. WOW! Great sleuthing numbnut…

  5. I hate people that try to fame them selves by creating bull shit and asking people to pass it on. The person who makes it can scream conspiracy if his picture is removed. Good detective work

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