An alert photo editor noticed that the pattern on the dust repeated itself in an unlikely way and subsequent investigations revealed the visual fraud.

A freelance photographer for AP was caught manipulating sand granules in one of his photos of children playing soccer in Argentina. A memo was later sent out announcing that the photographer would no longer be associated with AP as their “reputation is paramount.”

Is this an example of technology as a double-edged sword? What does photo (or even content) manipulation say about credibility in an industry when credibility is the foundation?

H/T: Poynter

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