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Fake News: NO Ghost in Photo of Trump Speaking at United Nations

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Tue, 01 Oct 2019 09:42:24 Z)

Was there a "ghost" visible in a photo of Donald Trump speaking at the United Nations on September 25, 2019 because there are some mysterious fingers on his sleeve? No, that's not true: the photo was digitally altered by a website known for publishing hoaxes.

The story originated from an article published by City News on September 30, 2019 titled "Ghost in Trump's photo sparks debate on social media - New York Latest News" (archived here) which opened:

Photo of President Trump speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2019 has sparked debate on social media as what believes to be a ghost is spotted in the photo. The Photo captured by Photographer Saul Loeb for Getty Images sees strange two fingers appearing to ...

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Ghost in Trump's photo sparks debate on social media - New York Latest News

Photo of President Trump speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2019 has sparked debate on social media as what believes to be a ghost is spotted in the photo. The Photo captured by Photographer Saul Loeb for Getty Images sees strange two fingers appearing to ...

Here is the digitally altered photo in question:

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But one quick look at the original photo by Saul Loeb at Getty Images clearly shows the "fingers" have been digitally added later:

US President Donald Trump holds a press conference in New York,...

Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes ab-tc.com as:

A site whose homepage is titled "City News" that has published hoaxes and fabricated crime stories.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

We wrote about ab-tc.com and their hoaxes before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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