A screenshot of a fabricated statement attributed to former President Donald Trump calling former Vice President Mike Pence “weak” is being mistaken as authentic. But Trump never released such a statement. Let’s take a look at the facts.
NewsLit takeaway: Digital images are easy to doctor, and text elements are particularly simple to alter. It’s always a good idea to double-check the authenticity of images that contain text — especially screenshots that aren’t accompanied by a URL. This example also demonstrates Poe’s Law: A maxim of internet culture that says an unlabeled satirical comment or parody post can be easily mistaken for a sincere, legitimate comment.
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