Photoshop is notorious for fueling the creativity of pranksters on the web. Put President Obama’s head on a cat? Done. Photoshop a beautify woman lying by you next to a pool. Easy. Photoshop a massive wave about to hit your house? Ah, okay. It’s scary how realistic true Photoshop artists can make any element of a photograph believable.
But now there’s a ‘punctilious internet killjoy on the front of the New Debunkonomy’. His name is Paulo Ordoveza. And his goal is to call out the fake photos on Twitter.
If you want to find out if a photo is fake or not, you can enlist Mr. Ordoveza’s help by tweeting him at @PicPendant. He knows his Photoshop, of course:
.@nilsgeylen Yes, that looks a lot like the telltale signs of lasso feathering. Gonna go with 'shooped' on this.
— PicPedant (@PicPedant) February 18, 2014
What’s refreshing is that Mr. Orodoveza doesn’t pretend he’s perfect like a lot of people on Twitter. When he makes a mistake or isn’t sure about one of his calls, he explains:
— PicPedant (@PicPedant) February 17, 2014
This is just one example of the dozens of ‘call-outs’ Mr. Ordoveza is tweeting in an effort to clean up the web of fake images on Twitter.
Why fight it?
Mr Ordoveza started the account on February 1st after seeing one too many photo-heavy Twitter accounts mislabeling the photos they shared.
He points to accounts like “HistoryPics” and “SpacePorn” as the culprits in a scheme to get more followers: the accounts post a photo, usually minimally captioned and rarely attributed, duplicate the content across similar accounts, and collect retweets and followers.
They then start sending out spammy promotional tweets and affiliate links to these new, unsuspecting followers.
Attribute, Attribute, Attribute!
@PicPedant wants to change this sleazy cycle by calling out these accounts and offering up proper attribution or pointing out where a picture has been photoshopped.
At last check the account has amassed nearly 8,000 followers.
How often do you question an image on Twitter? Let us know in the comments.