Doing a Digital investigation might seem like the job of a highly skilled journalist, but what if I say it’s not, what if you need the right tool and the right idea, to begin with. In this how-to article, I’ll give you a step-wise demonstration of how-to-use the most loved digital investigation tool by a journalist- InVid.
This is a free tool that does not require much technical knowledge to work with, it’s merely a browser extension that helps you out in your foot-printing. This tool is made by Condat AG, and its sole purpose was to help journalists verify news-worthy user-generated videos or photos. It’s a European product and has been said the be ‘The swiss army knife’ of digital investigation. And since it has too many features, to begin with, I’ll be instructing how to use this tool in a step-by-step guide in this article.
Installing InVid on Chrome:
Step 1: Click on Add to Chrome button.
Step 2: Click on Add extension to add this as your browser addon.
Step 3: Click on Turn on Sync, this will enable the extension on other devices that are synchronised with your Google account. I would recommend to not do this for safety reason.
Step 4: Click on the Puzzle icon, and you’ll find ‘Fake News debunker by inVid’. Click on the pin icon to add it into your browser toolbar.
Step 5: Now start looking for content to verify.
Installing InVid on Firefox:
Step 1: Download the zip file.
Step 2: Extract the .zip file.
Step 3: Select the. Xpi file, Right-click, and select open with firefox.
Step 4: A new tab will open, and you’ll see a pop-up for permission. Click on Add button to install the addon.
Step 5: Click on, Okay, Got it to finish the installation process.
Step 6: You’ll now be able to see an InVid icon in your browser toolbar.
How to use InVid?
This extension is easy to use once you get the hang of it. And for your understanding, I’ll be demonstrating how to fact-check a misleading video clip in this step-by-step guide. The video I’m going to use is just for demonstration purpose, and it is already verified by several fact-checking websites.
The video went viral and received 1800 retweets and 4100 likes, however when I fact-check this video with InVid, the information is quite surprising.
Step 1: Open InVid page by clicking on the InVid icon at the toolbar.
Step 2: Click on Analysis.
Step 3: Copy and paste the video URL in the textbox, and press submit.
Step 4: Once done, you’ll be able to see results like details of the video, details of the user who posted it and at the end few thumbnails from the video.
Step 5: Click on Google Image Reverse search, you’ll be redirected to Google, and there will be various search results related to the picture.
Step 6: Now, it’s research and dedication that will help you find the original source of the video. So, go back and Try the Yandex Images Search, and Tinyeye as well. Explore as much as you can, you’ll find the source.
Via Yandex I found that the video was uploaded by a YouTube channel, Kazmii007 on September 13, 2017, with Title “NA 120… Shameless people of PML N….”, this is the video.
When I search “NA 120” on Google, I found out that it is a constituency of Pakistan. So, I searched a targeted keyword “NA 120 women gutter” and found a news channel Capital TV, that already did coverage of this news, on September 13, 2017.
Video of Capital TV-
This video was falsely shared as a recent incident of Delhi, and in a few minutes, we were able to verify its authenticity.
Although I have only explained the Analysis feature of the InVid Browser extension, the application, however, comes with multiple features like Keyframes, Thumbnails, Twitter Search, Magnifier, Metadata, Video Rights and Forensics. I’ll quickly explain those features as well.
Once you have inserted the link and submitted it, the addon will show you a different timeframe of the video. Clicking on any picture will lead you on Google Reverse Image Search. You can choose a Simple & Detailed view for your extensive research as well.
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