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Instagram is increasingly becoming part of people's daily lives. However, the widespread use of editing tools such as Photoshop and metadata-tampering means that many realistic photos are simply faked.

Bellingcat's Henk van Ess shares his top 10 tricks and tools to verify Instagram posts so that you too can become an Instagram detective.

One of the tricks is browsing Instagram on desktop and utilising a variety of browser extensions to cross-check the location and time period of a post.

Reverse image search tools such as Google and Yandex also come in handy if you look to debunk false pictures.

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