How To Check If Someone Is Using Fake Photos On Social Media
For this article, I need you to imagine two hypothetical scenarios:
1. That you successfully matched with someone on Bumble. You hit it off, and you take the conversations to another platform—maybe Instagram, maybe Facetime.
2. You ask for each other's photos, and they send you this:
Now, we all know THAT is Hyun Bin, aka Captain Ri on CLOY. But what if your new online friend does exactly what I did, which is to pick a random Google Image (here's where I got the image) to pretend they're someone else?
To check if someone is catfishing you, you can perform a reverse image search on Google. This easy-to-do search will return similar images and websites that use that particular photo. According to Business Insider, it's a great way to:
- Find information about something in a photo.
- Uncover plagiarism.
- Find other similar images.
How to do a reverse image search on Google (Best done on Google Chrome browser):
- Go to Google Images' home page (images.google.com). Click the camera icon.
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- Go to "Upload an Image." Alternatively, you may upload the image URL of any photo you find online.
- Once uploaded, Google will display websites that contain the photo.
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- If your goal is to find out if this is a unique individual who is telling the truth, then click all the matches and verify if search results match the identity of the person you know. If there are inconsistencies, then it's a definite red flag. If nothing pops up, well, that could be a warning sign too. Who doesn't have a social media presence these days?!
Also, if it's the real Hyun Bin's photo, then it's probably too good to be true, as we have proven with this exercise. Asa ka?
If you want to do a reverse image search on your phone, the steps are pretty similar, but you need to request the desktop version of your browser. The video below shows how it's done:
For more tips on how to catch a catfish, click here.
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.