With about a billion tweets sent every two days, it’s easy for a photo to go viral and be passed around the world in a matter of minutes. However, this speed of information is a double-edged sword – these photos are often unsourced or completely fake. So how do you know if what you’re passing around is really an adorable kitten, or just a great photoshop job? Ask @PicPendant.
The @PicPendant account makes it its mission to rid the Twittersphere of misinformation when it comes to photos. According to its bio, it’s happy to be a “punctilious internet killjoy at the forefront of the New Debunkonomy.”
Its owner, Paulo Ordoveza, started the account on February 1st after seeing one too many photo-heavy Twitter accounts mislabeling the photos they shared. He points to accounts like “HistoryPics” and “SpacePorn” as the culprits in a scheme to get more followers: the accounts post a photo, usually minimally captioned and rarely attributed, duplicate the content across similar accounts, and collect retweets and followers. They then start sending out spammy promotional tweets and affiliate links to these new, unsuspecting followers.
@PicPedant wants to change this sleazy cycle by calling out these accounts and offering up proper attribution or pointing out where a picture has been photoshopped.
The account has amassed 8,000 followers and has tweeted over 1,000 times in the past two and a half weeks.
Twitter users have welcomed @PicPedant with open arms, and have started sending pictures his way for verification. @PicPedant also goes after uncredited or edited images he finds on his own:
— PicPedant (@PicPedant) February 16, 2014
— PicPedant (@PicPedant) February 15, 2014