Sunday, March 19, 2017
Lying clickbait: Fake historical photos, fake North Korea photos, fake Titanic photos
Content promotion services continue to use the same dishonest tricks to entice web surfers to click on their articles. Chief among those tricks is the use of inaccurate photos.
For instance, there must be lots of great photos from the 1969 Woodstock music festival, but content promotion services like Taboola use modern photos and try to pass them off as historical.
A recent Taboola article titled “15 rarely seen Woodstock 1969 photos” used a picture of actress Troian Bellisario that was taken for the February 2012 issue of Troix magazine. Taboola blurred the photo to make it look older.
Another Taboola article titled “23 Woodstock photos that will make your skin crawl” used a fashion photo taken by Michelangelo “Miky” Oprandi. It is sold as a stock photo on Alamy titled “Girl hippie revolutionary in 1970 style with the symbol of peace.”
Another Woodstock-related clickbait article used a photo from the 1970 movie “Dorian Gray” starring Helmut Berger.
Recent clickbait articles promising rare photos of the Titanic disaster have used realistic paintings by Ken Marschall. Thumbnails of the artwork are too small for web surfers to be certain that they aren’t photos.
Previously clickbait purveyors have used stills from the movies “Titanic” (1943) and “Titanic” (1997) for their deceptive articles.
Another place where content promotion services use fake photos is for World War II pin-up girls.
Outbrain recently ran an article titled “25 photos captured during WW2 that weren’t shown in history class.” It used a photo of model Dee Marie on a vintage airplane at a 2014 air show taken by photographer Mark Goodman.
Meanwhile, a Taboola article titled “Old WW2 photos that will take your breath away” used a photo of model Billie Darling taken by photographer Mark Cafiero in 2006.
A series of clickbait articles promising to show photos of life in North Korea have used photos of sexy Asian women throwing out the first pitch at baseball games in South Korea, Japan and the U.S.
A recent example titled “Unnerving photos of life in North Korea” used a censored picture of Japanese bikini model Aki Hoshino at a Yokohama Bay Stars baseball game.
Another category of lying clickbait uses modern photos with articles supposedly about the Old West.
An article from Revcontent titled “Rare photos from the Old West” used a picture of actress Cara Gee from the Canadian TV series “Strange Empire.”
Finally, a clickbait article titled “Animals you don’t want around you” uses a needle-felted model of a large moth to depict the Venezuelan poodle moth.