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Daily Quizzes to Train Your Verification Skills

November 13, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Translations: Русский

You can read the original blogpost by Fiete Stegers, on which this article was based, here.

Where exactly was a photo on Twitter taken? When was a Facebook video recorded? Is that image fake, or authentic? These are just some of the common questions you can face when verifying social media content.

A few months ago, Julia Bayer (Deutsche Welle) started posting each Monday photo assignments on Twitter to train the verification skills of  journalists — and anyone else interested. Since then, a number of journalists have joined to provide new challenges ever day to test and train your verification and geolocation skills.  At an investigative journalism conference in Hamburg, she told me about her project, and I was happy to take the spot on Thursday.

The over 100 quizzes (and answers) are collected by Fiete Stegers (NDR) in a Twitter moment with some fascinating explanations how answer were found. Each quiz often results in spontaneous collaborations and shows that there more ways to skin a cat. Oh, and you may find our list of digital forensic tools useful while trying to crack the case.

Christiaan Triebert

Christiaan Triebert is a senior investigator and lead trainer with Bellingcat. He graduated with an MA in Conflict, Security & Development from King's College London in 2015, and holds two BAs from the University of Groningen, one in International Relations and the other in Political Philosophy. Along his digital research work, Christiaan has worked in several conflict areas including Iraq and Syria. If you have any questions, or have a story idea, you can contact him at or via Twitter (@trbrtc).

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