Fake and misleading images of the Australia bush fires, debunked

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Published on 10 Jan 2020, 1:56
Fires have consumed parts of Australia for months in one of the worst outbreaks in the country’s history.

Outrage on the Internet called attention to several aspects of the disaster — from suffering wildlife to the millions of acres of land that have been burned. But some viral posts have featured fake and misleading information.

Misleading visuals are often circulated during large- scale natural disasters. During the wildfires that consumed Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest in 2019, images depicting older fires made the rounds on social media.

While some of these posts did not provide proper context, instances like this show how wildfires have remained an issue in several parts of the world for decades — and have become worse in recent years. Read more: wapo.st/3045j6j. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: wapo.st/2QOdcqK

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