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Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images Is Unveiled by Jigsaw

By Steve Smith

As the amount of false political content online continues to rise, it is often not easy to tell the difference between real and fake photographs. But the pressure to get it right has never been more urgent than now.

This week Jigsaw, which is owned by Google’s parent, introduced a free tool it calls Assembler that researchers can use to sort out real images from fake ones.Researchers say it could help journalists spot doctored photographs — even ones created with the help of artificial intelligence

A few examples given in a recent New York Times article include a doctored, phony image ofPresident Barack Obama shaking hands with President Hassan Rouhaniof Iran, and a real photograph of aMuslim girl at a desk doing her homeworkwith Donald J. Trump looming in the background on television.

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