How Fake News Is Built

By AQ Editors

To make a falsified image go viral, Internet users deploy digital smoke and mirrors.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on the battle over fake news If the photo on our cover of Pope Francis and former Bolivian President Evo Morales sharing a joint looks almost real, it’s because its creators used real photos, changing just one detail. Fact-checking agency Aos Fatos helped Brazilians figure out how this meme was put together. Pope Francis sends a kiss as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square on December 11, 2013 at the Vatican. Bolivia's former President Evo Morales celebrating the tradition of coca leaf...

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