Source-verifying an image

Difficulty: 1 (of 5)
Skills: Image verification, choosing a “fact-checking” site.
Move(s): Find previous/trusted work.

So, spoiler alert: the following sign is fake. However, many people have posted it online as “proof” that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

This is a simple task: we are just asking you to find a known and respected fact-checking site that shows what this sign looked like before it was altered.


In the comments, put:

  • Where the unmodified sign is from and what it said before
  • A link to the fact-checking website you used to verify the image
  • What steps/searches/actions you used to get to the site you chose

If you are doing this in class, keep a copy of what you write in a local file for discussion in a couple of minutes. Your submitted answer will be seen by the site administrator and used to improve assignments, but not be publicly posted on the website.

Related Resources

If you find this assignment difficult, you may want to review these resources, which provide some methods that may be useful here.

Tracking the Source of Viral Photos
Using Google Reverse Image Search
How to Use Previous Work