Stumbled upon this morning an interesting picture that coincidentally shows an example of what I was talking about in my last article in regards to no margins. The overall idea put forth was to show how understanding the information pipeline is beneficial to interpreting the results from reverse image websites. When I say information pipeline, I'm speaking to how and where information on the Internet originates and the path it takes making its way onto different social media platforms. And I'll add that none of this is concrete or set in stone. The Internet is a very dynamic place that is constantly changing thus the so called information pipeline is always shifting. More important is simply understanding the idea that information is widely disseminated across many websites and social media platforms. That often something starts on one platform and bounces around to different places via the cyber dance of one human sharing something with another human. That this pipeline can be altered, corrupted, manipulated, and is ever changing. But that's enough blabbing, I just wanted to make sure that I was being clear.
The picture in question
Guzman last name
This picture is interesting for many reasons but the first and most unlikely to be legitimate is the users last name "Guzman." Search Facebook and you'll find tens of thousands of fake accounts using the Guzman last name and larping as narcos. So I'm not going to give it much attention other than saying that I'm sure many people in Sinaloa have that last name so even if it is legitimate it doesn't necessarily equate a close relationship to Chapo.
The imagery of this picture screams CDS as if a set from Netflix Narcos or something. The fancy gazebo perched up on a hill overlooking the mountains. Two freshly cleaned white 4X4 package Ford F-150s nestled closely next to each other. This thing though looks more pimped out for sound instead of narco trafficking. I thought they might be dog boxes at first but you'd never paint a dog box black. And you can obviously see speakers on the top which means those big boxes below are most likely massive sub woofers.
Really the thing only missing is the Barrett 50 cals...
In the last article I talked about how photos with margins are an indicator that a picture was not taken by the user and/or with the Facebook app and uploaded via a mobile device. Those pictures tend to instead look like the one above, no margin and higher resolution. As if the person opened up their Facebook mobile app, snapped the picture and uploaded it right after. You can see in the screenshot above the picture has no margins around it and fills up the whole area it's given by the website.
Hilariously enough the same account uploaded another picture shortly before this article was published providing an obvious example of the opposite. The abhorrent resolution as if it was taken with a flip phone and somehow uploaded to Facebook in 2020. Along with the fat margins it's much less believable that it was actually taken recently.
Reverse image yields nothing
This is a picture that I discovered shortly after I published the last article. I knew that eventually I was going to want to talk about this topic again so I took it for safe keeping. The modal background on either side is much darker versus the screenshot above. On the screenshot above I had altered the CSS value in my web browser inspector in order to lighten it and show it actually came from Facebook. I didn't think to do that when I took this but one but will in future screenshots.
It's another example of the no margins and how such photos seem to be more likely taken by the account holder and uploaded via a mobile phone.
Really though at the end of the day it's very hard to verify these pictures. A simple reverse image search is definitely not conclusive. One needs to observe the account for some time to understand who is posting and what kinds of things they post. Many of these accounts will do exactly this, post things that are believable and then go and post something obviously questionable. So the assumption is never 100% but more highly likely or pretty likely.
Some might feel that such media isn't worth giving much attention to, I'd disagree. It's a different type of information that comes from an unfamiliar avenue but that doesn't mean that it can't provide value. It just needs to be handled and interpreted in a different way. But this avenue is never going to disappear and will continue to grow as more people connect to the Internet for the first time every day.
Another thing to think about with such things is the reaction from the public, meaning all the people on Facebook who see it. Are they supportive or not? This can provide small indicators of how much a local population or community dealing with these groups feels about them.
Obviously none of this is conclusive but interesting to think about nevertheless.