Today, the Internet abounds with false images, making it difficult to know what to believe. But Gizmodo is here to help.
Below we have collected seven viral images that you may have seen floating around places like Facebook and Twitter recently. And they are all false in one way or another.
This photo has gone viral in the past week and it's easy to see why. It's totally awful. It is at least terrible if you think what people are saying about it.
The text from the viral tweet reads: "A whip made from two real human spines discovered in the basement of an abandoned house in Wyoming." Could it be true? Thank goodness no.
The whip is actually a movie profile from the 2014 version of Hercules with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and it seems that this photo was taken to sell the stopper online. If you look around you can also find versions of the whip with a green screen that is added at the end of the lashet.
Still don't we think? Check out this short battle sequence from the movie.
Where did the macabre story of a human spine come? It seems that "the real human spine" was first claimed on Reddit about 8 months ago. But even then people fell in the comments for what it really was a movie prop.
[ Twitter and Reddit]
2) Does this image show $ 14 billion in cash seized from El Chapo?
Trump supporters have gone through this photo, which probably shows that billions of dollars have been arrested from the infamous Mexican drug addict Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. And they ask why this money cannot be used to build the president's racist border. For many reasons, as it turns out.
The picture actually shows stacks of money seized in 2007 from Chinese-Mexican businessman and alleged methandeln Zhenli Ye Gon. The bust, carried out by the US authorities in Mexico, provided about $ 207 million in cash – the largest drug quota in history at that time. But the picture has nothing to do with El Chapo and his latest test.
The drug handling agency announcement on the seizure is no longer active online, but you can still see the press release thanks to Wayback Machine, which has filed a page from 2007.
How was the photo associated with El Chapo? One possibility is this Imgur collection from February 2014 which contains some real pictures from a raid at El Chapo, but also unrelated images are thrown in for no apparent reason.
3) Is this a photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton in the blackface?
19659004] This photo, which shows that former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the blackface, has been around for years. It even made the rounds of the 2016 presidential campaign that pitted Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. But no it's not the famous couple.
The image has gone viral again in the wake of a blackface scandal in Virginia. A photo from the democratic governor Ralph Northam's old medical school's resurfaced yearbook where he (or one of his friends) appears in the blackface. Surprisingly, Northam first acknowledged that he was in the picture, then backtracked at one of the most bizarre press conferences ever.
The governor has refused to go down, and other Virginia politicians have come forward, including lawyer Mark Herring, to say they have donned blackface before.
How do we know that the viral photo does not appear Bill and Hillary? Because we have eyes. It's not them. But it is super-racist.