Your guide to spotting ‘fake news’ about Harvey (hint: there’s no shark on the highway)

There are some truly astonishing photos coming out of the flooding in Houston. But there are also some astonishingly fake ones.

In general, it’s a good idea to take any particularly jaw-dropping image you see with a grain of salt. If you see items such as “Barack Obama serving meals Houston” or “Joel Osteen luxury yacht,” you might want to do a quick Google search before sharing. When stories come from unfamiliar sites, Google the name and check the site’s About page to make sure they aren’t trying to fool you on purpose.

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The website Tineye lets you reverse-search an image based on the URL, so you can check to see where (and when) a photo came from. Right-click on an image, select “Copy Image Address,” and then paste it into Tineye’s search bar. Selecting “Oldest” from the drop-down menu usually yields the original source.

Here’s a guide to spotting some of the most notable “fake news” stories out there now:

There was no shark on the highway.

This is the hoax photo that refuses to go away. Every time there’s flooding, this shark makes another appearance.

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