3 Acts of Internet Deception, Caught

Can you identify misinformation if you see it?

Do you know how to spot truth, from fiction? Do you rely on other sources for all your information? Or do you have enough foresight to realize that not everything you see is reality?

In the below examples, I provide 3 instances where I have personally found inconsistencies in the information presented.

Now whether the mis-information was presented by the author knowingly or unwittingly, only they know for sure. But I wanted to point out how easy it is to perpetuate a certain narrative without getting background information first.

Take a look, and then determine if you may have possibly been misled without you even realizing it:

(At the end of the article I give an example of a fake news story and how easy it is to duplicate. – And if you see any links no longer working, please let me know. I’d like to rectify that as soon as possible.)

1. Footage Caught Misleading the Viewer

The below video shows this footage of Justin Bieber arriving at the Perth Airport on 6/5/2011. The screenshot below shows the video was uploaded on 6/6/2011.

Okay, nothing fishy here so far. But keep reading.

Justin Bieber Perth 2011

Nothing fishy here, yep, except that is an interesting still from this video…

A case of “face pareidolia”, perhaps? (Which is when we can detect or visualize a face in everyday objects or images.)

But here is where it gets interesting. (Other than the fact that the “image distortion”, if that’s what it was, seemed to depict Justin Bieber changing shape…)

The below video was uploaded on March 15, 2017, claiming “Justin Bieber shape shifting at Perth Airport Reptilian 2017

Bieber allegedly from 2017.

Of course, the images and footage is the same between the 2011 video and the alleged 2017 video. But if we look closer, we can see that the tiny video snippet within the second video, doesn’t show Bieber at all. That’s not to say that the video is not legit. Just that we did not see how that 2-3 second footage related to Bieber in anyway. But one possible correlation that I spotted is the very noticeable large pink bag in both videos.

And yes, it is possible that in both years, two different fans of Justin Bieber will have the same looking pink bag at both times; or it could be the same exact fan bringing their same bag. Or even that the snippet was from the same exact video from 2011. We don’t know. Only those that were there would know for sure.

But what we can glean from this is that the video was first posted in 2011, and then was used again in a video from 2017 claiming to have happened that same year.

That is false.

Now whether the uploader realized this inconsistency or not is only known by them. We are not sure if they made the compilation video, or if they grabbed it from someone else. I did not reach out to this youtube channel for a comment. Only wanted to show you how easy it would be for someone to claim a footage happened at one particular time, and pass it off as if it happened at a different date.

Kind of like “cat-fishing” in a way. Where someone claims to be someone they’re not, especially on a dating platform. This could be anything from posting an image of themselves from 10 years ago and claiming it’s a current pic, posting a picture of a completely different person and claiming it’s them, some even pretend to be a man, when they’re a woman, and vice versa.

Back to the two different videos, I did notice how the one from 2011 clearly shows a lot of fans exuberant and elated, screaming in excitement to be seeing their music star. However… the other brief snippet, assuming that it was a Justin Bieber encounter, seemed to show a lot of fans confused and perturbed with what was going on. The screams of excitement now seem to be screams and expressions of fear. …I don’t know. You be the judge. What do you think between the two clips?

2. Video Editing Software?

Now following in line with the whole “Justin Bieber is a reptilian” theory (which, poor guy. I’m not bashing on you, I promise.) …Unless you really are a blood-sucking, baby-eating reptilian (or even a human or completely different species for that matter who does those things)… If you’re just a regular reptilian who doesn’t harm humans, or not a reptilian at all (as long as you’re not committing horrible atrocities), then we got no beef.

But since people are speculating about all this, and since the tech giants have been deleting a lot of these videos, I wanted to dig into it myself to see what I can find. Of course, by the time people see this article the videos might not be available, which… go figure.

But in the meantime, I’d like to present two different video clips for you to ponder about:

Now, I know, exposing this as simply a video editing software technique or glitch in the recording camera takes all the fun out of “conspiracy theories”, but if one wants to seriously look into this subject (which, there is still plenty of interesting accounts to discuss) then we must be able to look at everything with a discerning eye and differentiate between fact or falsities.

The first video clearly is shown in very high quality. The second video has more pixelation and distortions. Could that be what’s attributing to Justin’s eyes both glitching out at the same time? …It’s questionable, but a professional camera operator or computer graphics expert would be able to decide more resolutely. It also could be down to someone deliberately tampering with the video and altering the eyes personally.

Perhaps it’s a matter of reverse-engineering, for all you conspiracy theory lovers out there. Maybe the “powers that shouldn’t be” realized that Justin’s eyes were “shapeshifting” or glitching out, so they fixed it with their own video editing software before the damage could get out of control.

Again, it’s up to each of us to come to an educated conclusion; I just wanted to provide the two different pieces of evidence for you to review.

But for even more possibly glitchy (or real) fun – depending on how you look at it…, here is another video that depicts strange anomalies from different celebrities/newscasters/politicians, etc.

Celebrity Glitch Compilation 2020

3. Reviews/Comments: Bought and Paid For?

So since, apparently, I decided to pick Justin Bieber as a topic, that brings me to this article: Music Industry: The Gate to Hell – Justin Bieber Speaks Out About Pedophilia and Abuse in Hollywood

Again, sorry Bieber. Nothing personal. If anything, I’m just trying to expose the fake from the truth. As I’m sure any one who’s been in the spotlight of the media/paparazzi probably know that they like to twist the story.

And I have to reiterate, again, that doesn’t mean the content that’s presented here is NOT true, just that we have to be aware of being misled by different avenues.

To begin, here are a couple of screen shots showing when this article was posted and a rundown of what was allegedly said by Justin Bieber:

Article alleging Bieber exposing Pedophila in Hollywood
Justin Bieber talks about abuse in the music industry.

As for proof or video footage that this was said by Justin Bieber, I’m sorry, I cannot provide that. But as there are other interesting stories that actually can be verified by actual video footage and interviews, such as:

Billy Corgan interview with Howard Stern excerpt – Billy Corgan admits he saw someone changing shape right in front of him (be advised of possible strong/offensive language in this link and the others)

Celebrities and Entertainers Admitting to Selling Their Soul to the Devil – Some are depicted in song lyrics, other testimonies are said in interviews/on stage – some people suggest that they are just expressing an “artistic” side. I say they’re telling it to you right to your face.

Corey Feldman’s New Documentary – Corey Feldman on the Wendy Williams show discussing his journey into making the documentary to expose the corrupt Hollywood industry.

I’d say it’s not too far-fetched.
But the real part of this section is to expose the reviews that this site has, explaining how wonderful their article is and how insightful the information they provided is.
Take a look for yourself:

I only recorded a brief section of their comments, as it went on for quite awhile, most of them exactly the same style of comments… A glowing review, and then a link to their own website – most of them about “enhancement” products or for an escort; CBD oil if you scroll down long enough, and repeated comments about a company from Puerto Rico? Still not completely sure on that one.

Notice how most of them are within the same day of each other. Only minutes apart.

Add to that, I checked out a few other articles from the same site, and interestingly none of them had any comments.

So it goes from 350 comments (most of them fake) to absolutely ZERO.

Public Service Announcement: If you’re going to create a website, please do not buy fake reviews/comments. Automatically your credibility takes a HUGE dive, and even if you have relevant, informative articles, no one is going to take you seriously. It is just letting the reader know that you are okay deceiving and lying to them in order to try and boost your readership and subscribers.

Now, if this is some crazy tactic that the internet gurus employ to deliberately try to debunk and discredit reliable news sources (as, lately, I wouldn’t doubt it…) then my sincerest apologies (and we’re all screwed).

Imagine if you’re just an innocent blog or website creator, and the evil robot overlords don’t like your content. They can just aim their trolls and bots at your website and completely desecrate it; while you, maybe not even any the wiser, don’t see anything wrong on your own end of the screen. Meanwhile, millions of people see your website as an advertisements dream – and an honest reader’s nightmare. (Hm… I hope I didn’t give them any ideas…)

But what a coincidence! My next part in the “Does Media Affect Our Thoughts?” series is just about that. Trolls, shills and bots.

Have you seen any first hand-experience of your content (or your account in general) being deleted or altered? Or even someone you’ve followed? Please share below. I’d love to hear about it.

BONUS:

For Fun, I Wanted to See if I Could Duplicate a Fake News Story

Here is the Result:
Justin Bieber: Not New King of Pop
How easy was it to create a fake news story? Scarily, very easy. Simply copy/paste a website into Paint and text write over it. What do you think? Could you be tricked into believing this was real?

Again, I want to reiterate that this is a fake news story.

I took certain liberties with the username and the main story, of course. Which is just that. A story. I also altered the url line to duplicate what the title would be. I left everything else (almost) exactly the same so you can compare the two between the screenshot from earlier, but these could have easily been changed with the copy/paste function as well.

And this was done in the simple Microsoft Paint program. No fancy editing or photoshop program required.

DISCLAIMER (again): Australian National Review did not create this article.

So what do you think? Do you think you could believe that this is a real article? Is there anything that gives it away that it’s a fake? I did try to make it quite sensational-tabloid-like. But let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear some opinions.

It’s important to be able to have a very discerning and critical eye when looking at things on the internet, or the news, the radio, etc., etc. Not everything is as it seems. Some people don’t realize that articles can be easily manipulated. And some don’t realize that there are people that deliberately give out false information. Others can be misled or misinformed and share the information; believing that it’s real.

At the same time, it’s also important to keep an open mind. Just because some things are proven as false, does not mean that they all are. There are truths mixed with lies, and some are intertwined to deliberately create confusion and disbelief.

Please don’t fall into this trap either. Having a completely closed off mind is just as dangerous as having a completely gullible mind. It will keep you from seeing the truth.

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

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