Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fake airplane photos and other lying clickbait

Content promotion services like Taboola and Outbrain often get away with using fake or incorrect photos with articles because the pictures they use are so small. They use eye-catching thumbnail images that exploit the “curiosity gap.”
If the pictures were larger, more people could tell they were obviously fake or wrong.
For instance, recent clickbait articles on “stunning private jets” and strange-looking aircraft have been using Photoshopped images. Digital artists created images of crazy-looking airplanes in the mode of the recent “face swap” picture trend. They swapped the jet engines with the front of the planes for their wacky images. You can more easily see they are fake if you look at a larger image.

A Taboola article on exotic creatures used a Photoshopped image of a wet koala made to look like the mythical drop bear. See articles by the Museum of Hoaxes and Gizmodo.

An Outbrain article titled “The early days in Vegas left us speechless” used a photo from the science-fiction TV series “The Bionic Woman.” The scene in question is from the 1977 episode titled “Fembots in Las Vegas.”

Taboola recently ran an article titled “After losing 220 pounds Rebel Wilson is gorgeous now.” The Australian actress is estimated to have weighed as much as 291 pounds, but has lost weight recently. Still, I doubt she weighs just 70 pounds now.
The Taboola article pairs a photo of Wilson on the left with a body shot of California model Mikayla Carr on the right.
As President Trump would say, “Fake news! Sad.”

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