The InVID platform is described as a “Swiss army knife” to verify the authenticity of images circulating on social networks. If you want to avoid being a victim of fake news, we tell you how to use InVID to verify misleading photos and videos.
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InVID’s goal is to build a platform that provides services to detect, authenticate, and verify the reliability and accuracy of newsworthy video files, as well as video content disseminated through social networks.
Although the InVID platform is specifically geared towards journalists and the media, it can also be useful for those who are interested in contingency issues and who want to be sure that what they are sharing is true.
How to install Invid
The tool, which is 100 percent free, is available as a Chrome and Firefox add-on for Windows, macOS, and Linux computers.
In the case of Chrome, you just need to go to the app store of your favorite browser and install it. The process for Firefox is a bit longer, as you have to download the file and install it manually.
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What apps and features InVID offers
The provided tools allow you to quickly get contextual information about Facebook and YouTube videos, as well as perform reverse image searches on Google, Baidu or Yandex search engines.
Other features is that it allows you to fragment videos from platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Daily Motion into keyframes, to enhance and explore keyframes and images through a magnifying glass.
In addition, it allows querying Twitter through time intervals and other filters to read image and video metadata, check video copyrights, and apply filters on still images.
How to use InVID to verify deceptive videos
Once you have installed InVID in your browser, every time you visit a website that has a video or image that you want to verify, you must press the plugin button, located on the right side of the address bar.
- Video analysis: It allows you to retrieve contextual information from YouTube, Twitter and Facebook videos, location, top comments, apply a reverse image search and search for tweets associated with the video. It may take a while, depending on the number of comments.
- keyframe: Allows you to copy the URL of a video from a social network such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or upload a video file to segment it into keyframes, which you can then search with a right click on search engines such as Google, Yandex, Tineye and Baidu.
- Thumbnails: activates a reverse search of images in key search engines from four thumbnails extracted from a YouTube video. Although it is similar to what the scan tool does, it is faster and more efficient.
- Twitter Search: allows you to perform a search on Twitter with keywords or hashtag, including advanced operators to consult within a time interval or place where a certain content was published, among other filters.
- magnifying: It allows you to examine an image in detail and/or improve it through a bicubic algorithm to discover data such as written words, banners, among other data that cannot be seen at first glance. Also, you can do a reverse search on services like Google, Yandex, Tineye and Baidu.
- Metadata: allows you to consult the Exif metadata of an image in jpeg format or that of a video in mp4/m4v format, through a link or through a local file. If they are available, you will know where the video was recorded or the photo was captured.