Pic Debunking Photo of Paris Riots Proven False After Going Viral

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That headline was a doozy to write, but here goes with keeping this story straight.

Many of us in the photography world follow the news, and the riots in Paris are a particularly photography-worthy moment in time.

Producing some stark images of people power in action, the Paris protests, as well as those outside of the French capital city, are among the biggest stories this year and, being political, it is producing a ton of false narratives in its wake.

One of these false narratives involved the supposed debunking of a viral video that spread across the Internet showing a fire raging in front of the Arc de Triomphe. The photo debunking this image shows a small pile of wood burning and says that “perspective matters.”

People on the web naturally latched on to this later explanation as yet further proof that the riots were being overblown by the media.

Of course, other facts matter as well, such as when the photos were taken. The original viral photo was taken before the debunking photo, proving that the second photo could not be just another perspective of the first.

And we have Agence France Presse to thank for this investigative reporting.

The French news agency stated in its tweet quoted by PetaPixel, “Perspective matters, and so do dates and places… because these two photos were taken on two different days in two different places, in Paris. …Criticism of media coverage is legitimate, but this isn’t the best example of it. …These photos were taken on 2 different days in 2 separate places… and AFP did not find a single photo combining a scooter on fire and the Arc de Triomphe in the background.”

Manipulating images for political gain is nothing new, but social media has given the game a whole new spin.

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