Too often lately I have seen far too much hoaxing. For the longest time it was YouTube video hoaxes. They became so dominant after a while, some in the research field do not even glance at YouTube for potential video evidence any longer.
But the new rage lately it seems to me, has been Facebook hoaxers. Look at this fine example just posted by a Facebook user June 19th, 2015, found on one of the Social network group pages.
This was quickly brought to a screeching halt by a couple of users, particularly my friend Randy Filipovic who correctly recognized this as a manipulation of one of the Sequoia photos.
The originals are also thought to be a hoax created by up and coming filmmaker about ten years ago.
The original poster attempted to change his tune, to the old, “That’s what it looked like,” crap, but then why the manipulations added to it? Hogwash, the person was called out.
But if you think it is commonplace to Cryptozoology, my better half, and Co-Founder / Director of the Extreme Paranormal Encounter Response Team, Stacey Horton found this gem posted on one of her group pages.
Well I must be rubbing off on her, because within minutes she debunked this photo by this hoaxer by discovering a ghost app which uses this little boy.
Of course the “ghost” had been manipulated a bit, in this case the image was reversed, and added to the kitty’s pic.
Like everything on the web, it is caveat emptor! I always live by the trust, but verify mantra. I often tell folks that submit material, do not take offense to the rigid testing or questioning if they submit evidence. If everything passes it can only bolster and enhance their claim.
Till next time,