Axios reporter Sam Seder has written about how to spot a fake post.
If you’re seeing one in your timeline, it’s a fake.
It might be a picture that’s cropped to a smaller size than it’s supposed to be, or a caption that’s copied and pasted from a Facebook post.
In other words, it looks like a genuine post.
The real thing doesn’t look like that.
So check out the post and tell us if it’s legit or not.
We’ve got tips on how to do it. 1.
Check the text and text size of the post.
Here’s how to check: Click the image and go to the text box.
Hover over the words.
The font size should change to a normal size.
If it’s bigger than normal, it probably isn’t a fake Facebook post and you’re safe.
Look for text and captions that match.
Websites that post in their own language often add captions to their posts.
You can usually tell if they’ve done this by the text size.
That means it’s the same text that’s in the Facebook post or the captions.
If the text isn’t the same size, it might not be a genuine Facebook post, and you might be missing a post.
Check for similar Facebook posts.
Facebook posts usually include similar text.
If they’ve included the same captions as their posts in other languages, then it’s likely that it’s real.
If there’s no caption at all, it could be a copy and paste.
Check your friends’ posts.
If someone posts a picture of themselves in a Facebook status, it usually looks fake.
They might be posting it because they want to make a point.
If that’s the case, look for someone else who posted the same picture.
If their friends have posted similar pictures of themselves on Facebook, they’re likely sharing them as well.
If no one has shared the same image, it likely isn’t real.
Check that the post was shared by people you know.
It’s easy to see if a friend has shared a photo of you or someone else.
Just search for your friend’s name on Facebook and look for the “like” button.
If your friend shares the same photo or caption with another friend, that’s likely a copy.
It could be fake, too.
If a friend posts a photo or captions of you with a friend or acquaintance, that might be their friend or acquaintances sharing the same fake photo or other posts.
Check if you’ve already been tagged by someone else, or tagged multiple times.
If so, that person might be an ad copy.
The only way to tell is if they’re also the person who posted your photo or post.
You might see a post tagged with your name in your status or on your friends profile, but not others.
If this is the case and you see the same post or caption in both posts, it may be an authentic post.
If other people have tagged your post, they might be sharing it to others.
You’re more likely to see a similar post, with the same caption, if you tag it multiple times with the exact same friend or person.
You don’t want to see it again, so make sure to tag it with their name.
Check whether it was shared or shared multiple times and whether you’ve seen it in your friends timeline.
If people are tagging it in their timelines, that means it was posted more than once.
Check how people are sharing your post.
This may be important if your friends have tagged it with your own name.
It means they’re sharing it as a comment, like you’re sharing a photo.
It may also mean they’re tagging it as an image or a comment on your profile, like someone tagged your photo and posted it to Facebook.
If any of the posts are fake, you might need to flag them.
You should flag any posts you’re not sure about.
You shouldn’t tag a post as a joke, because the person posting the joke may have posted it on Facebook.
If something looks like it’s being edited, you should flag it. 11.
If nothing seems wrong, you’re probably safe.
If anyone has posted your post before, it doesn’t mean they’ve tampered with it.
That said, you need to be careful with posts that don’t match what you’ve read about them before.
You need to check their Facebook profile and make sure that the person has not edited or removed any posts or comments about them.