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Seeing Isn’t Believing: The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video

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The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video is a multimedia module created by Nadine Ajaka, Glenn Kessler, and Elyse Samuels.of the Washington Post.

The guide explains the three most common types of manipulated video (missing content, deceptive editing, malicious transformation) and two sub-types of each type. Examples of each type are provided, and at the end of the guide is a form readers can use to tell the authors about videos they believe have been manipulated. Videos in the presentation play without sound, which is helpful for viewing the guide in public and for people with hearing impairments.

It is unclear when the guide was first published, but at the time of viewing (April 2020) video examples seemed to be mainly from 2018-2019.  The manipulated videos were usually about political figures, or ideas politicians were trying to promote. The guide may be updated with newer videos submitted by users, but without a date stamp on the guide, it is hard to gauge. Nonetheless, this guide is an excellent (if unsettling) way to introduce critical video viewing.


The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video