Restoring faith in photojournalism: new tech lets readers check a photo's details

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Do you believe everything you see on social media? If so, you probably shouldn't. To take just one example, after a global warming protest in London’s Hyde Park in 2019, photos appeared showing the area covered in litter. 

What hypocrites, right? Actually no: those photos were actually taken in Mumbai, India. But how would you know that, unless you'd been at the protest, or wanted to spend hours researching the topic?

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.