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Fake Photo of Trump’s ‘Photoshopped’ Hand Fools the Internet

After ABC News aired an interview with President Trump this week, controversy erupted after people began accusing the White House of Photoshopping a photo of Trump to make his hand look bigger than it actually is. It turns out that Photoshopped photo was actually a fake.

The photo in ABC’s broadcast at the center of the controversy is one that is currently hanging near a staircase in the White House.

The Washington Post reports that the hoopla started after New York Observer writer Dana Schwartz Tweeted a comparison photo showing how abnormally large Trump’s hand is in the photo:

“Trump 100% photoshopped his hand bigger for this picture hanging in the white house, which is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen,” wrote Schwartz in her Tweet, which has since been deleted.

She soon did some research and found the original photo on Getty’s website and posted another comparison:

Schwartz’ Tweets went viral with tens of thousands of retweets, and soon others were weighing in about how clearly Photoshopped Trump’s hand is in the photo.

“It’s a warp deformer,” Tweeted Disney animation supervisor Joaquin Baldwin:

From the comparisons, it was clear that Trump’s hand had been digitally inflated by the White House for its print hanging near a staircase. Case closed… except it was the original viral image that turned out to be the fake.

The Washington Post points out that the photo shared by Schwartz isn’t actually the photo that appeared in ABC’s broadcast, and it’s not the photo that’s hanging in the White House:

The photo that went viral was an edited version of ABC’s still frame, as people soon began pointing out:

It turns out Schwartz had found her original comparison photo through a Twitter account called @JohnnyAmerica6, which had apparently ‘Shopped the picture as a joke.

Schwartz then took down her original Tweets and began Tweeting out apologies for not verifying the information before broadcasting it to the Web:

As an interesting side note: Schwartz’ employer, the New York Observer, is owned by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

The Problem of Fake Photos in Fake News

The New York Times just reported an incredible story of how a 23-year old recent college graduate created a fake news story about fraudulent Clinton votes in Ohio and netted $22,000 on a fake news website from ads.

Desperate for cash to pay for living expenses, Cameron Harris concocted the piece, which was quickly picked up by pro-Trump websites:

Embedded within Harris’ story was an image he stole (“With a quick Google image search for ‘ballot boxes’”) that allegedly showed “Randall Prince, a Columbus-area electrical worker,” who had discovered the fake ballots. The image was actually from the Birmingham Mail, a UK-based news site and showed a worker delivering ballot boxes to a district community center in Sheldon.

The original, undoctored image. Photo by Birmingham Mail

According to Snopes, Harris flipped the image and blacked out some of the lettering on the boxes in “an apparent attempt to make it difficult to find the original image.”

History is littered with allegations of staged photography in news settings, but the decentralization of the news media and the rise of hyper-partisan sites has led to something else: image theft and fraudulent captions.

And with the potential for virality, individuals are using social media as springboards for fraudulent imagery like this image from circa 2013 that was promoted by @YoungDems4Trump as evidence of a mass of bikers making their way to Trump’s inauguration.