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Measure the truth and your nose!

A player evaluates credibility of information and various propaganda methods. To do so, the player must select one of four alternative answers. If the answer is incorrect, player’s nose will grow in Pinocchio's style. If the answer is correct, the nose will shorten and take on a perfect shape.
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A friend shared an English article titled “Former MI6 Chief Admits Defeat to Putin on the Russia Fragmentation Strategic Plan” on social media. What should I do?
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My teacher shared ‘Motherland’ newspaper’s article on Facebook. Based on Italian outlet Ilgiomale.it, ‘Motherland’ wrote that ‘following a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), baptism of infants will be banned from March 2016’.
Almighty God, what should I do?
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Russian media published two photos of a meeting with Russia’s Patriarch Kirill. Which one of the photos below is authentic and which is manipulated?
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Which one of these photos is authentic and which is a manipulation?
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Which propaganda technique is used in the narrative below?
Politician: ‘If fagotry is required for Georgia to join the European Union and NATO, is it worth for centuries-old Georgian nation to reject its traditions and customs?!”
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Watch an extract from Russian TV channel HTB’s story and select the propaganda technique used in RT reporter’s question: “Are you not afraid that because of these warnings the opposition might use a chemical weapon and blame it on Assad?”
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On August 8, 2018, Russian TV channel НТВ published a video that contained the photo below. According to НТВ, the photo showed the bombing of Tskhinvali population by Georgian forces. From the answers below select the city where the photo was captured and date when it was taken:
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Select one feature that distinguishes the propaganda of the so-called Islamic State from Russian propaganda:
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Which one of the listed news is invented by satirical outlets:
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The shape of your nose is perfect, which means that it is impossible to deceive you.

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Your nose is almost ideal but to be fully perfect, you need to identify disinformation with a 100% accuracy.

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To avoid a nose surgery, you should think more of distinguishing truth from lies.

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You are a real Pinocchio! Distinguishing truth from lies is a better alternative to a surgery on your nose.

1. I will share this article, it is credible. It was published by British outlet The Guardian, not by ‘Komsomolskaya Pravda’ (Комсомольская правда), wasn’t it?!
2. I will share this article, because usually English language sources tend to publish trustworthy stories on Georgia.
3. I’ll visit The Guardian’s official web-site and compare whether the source shared by my friend is authentic.
4. I will share it because the title sounds convincing.
Verification of this information by BBC Russian Service revealed that the material was published by a fake website that imitated the British outlet The Guardian. As for John Scarlett’s interview, it was entirely fabricated. The web-page developed for this specific purpose displayed visuals that were identical to those of The Guardian, while the URL differed from The Guardian’s actual web-address in just one latin letter ‘i’. This is called a deflective source model, whereby the primary source of information is concealed and western media brand is used to legitimize a message or fake news and to make readers perceive it as a material published by the apparent source.
1. I will share the article because one must partake in the sacrament of baptism in adult life and parents should respect this choice.
2. ‘Motherland’’s source is an Italian publication. Italy is a member of EU and Council of Europe, so the information must be trustworthy.
3. It should be a part of the ‘West is fighting against orthodoxy’ agenda.
4. The article does not indicate a country against which the ECHR made the decision. I will check the primary source, i.e. ECHR website.
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) resolves cases on the basis of individual applications, against the states. This decision is not listed in ECHR database and the information published by the media was denounced by ECHR itself.

The fact that primary source of information is an Italian outlet cannot be a guarantee of its trustworthiness because deflective source model additionally implies the practice of developing web-pages for temporary purposes. As soon as the information about banning baptism went viral, the Italian “primary source” was taken down and is no longer available.
1. The left one is authentic, the right one - manipulated.
2. The right one is authentic, the left one - manipulated.
3. Both images are manipulated.
4. Both images are authentic.
In 2009 web-page of the Russian Orthodox Church published a photo of a meeting between Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Minister of Justice.In 2012 bloggers found out that the photo had been manipulated: Patriarch Kirill was not wearing a watch, while the table surface clearly reflected a watch. In the authentic photo Patriarch Kirill is wearing a luxurious $30 000 watch by Swiss brand Breguet. After exposing the photo by bloggers Russian Orthodox Church apologised for manipulation and restored the original photo on the web-page.
1. The right one is authentic, the left one - manipulated.
2. The left one is authentic, the right one - manipulated.
3. Both photos are manipulated.
4. Both are authentic.
On May 2, 1945, photographer Yevgeny Khaldei staged a scene with soldiers raising a Soviet flag on Reichstag. After his return to Moscow and careful observation of photos the Soviet leadership noticed that one of the soldier’s was wearing watches on both wrists which was an indication of possible plunder. Khaldei was ordered to manipulate the photo: not only was the watch erased from the soldier’s wrist, the photographer darkened the background smog for a dramatic effect. The manipulated photo was soon published in Ogonyok Magazine and became a symbol of USSR’s victory in the so-called Patriotic War.
1. Reproduction
2. A false dilemma.
3. Ad nauseam.
4. Card Stacking.
A false dilemma or black-and-white thinking is the approach of presenting only two choices and propagating one of them as the better choice.
1. Exaggeration and over-generalization.
2. Whataboutism
3. Presenting opinion as a fact.
4. Agenda setting.
Whataboutism is a technique which, instead of responding to accusations or complex issues, either makes counter-accusations or move the focus to a different issue, thus trying to shift the attention from the object of criticism and/or justify this object by using inaccurate comparisons and manipulative moral discourse.
1. Tskhinvali, August 10, 2008.
2. Gori, August 9, 2008.
3. Donetsk, May 26, 2014.
4. Gori, August 7, 2018.
The given photo was taken by Reuters’ photo reporter David Mdzinarashvili in Gori on August 9, 2008.

Photo metadata allows you to establish a photo’s location, date, time, direction of camera and other details. To view a photo’s metadata, use Jeffrey's Image Metadata Viewer. Use only original photos and those captured with digital carriers.
1. Instil fear and polarise societies.
2. Peer-to-peer communication in social networks for recruitment purposes.
3. Weaponization of religion/information.
4. Conspiracy theories of Western oppression.
For recruitment purposes the propaganda used by the so-called Islamic State favours a peer-to-peer communication over traditional sender-receiver communication model. In other aspects Russian propaganda and the propaganda of the Islamic State have many common features, including weaponization of information and religion, sewing fear, polarisation of societies and spreading conspiracies about Western oppression.
1. Washington museum employee raped a 2500 old mummy.
2. In 1979 snow fell in Sahara desert.
3. Drunk thief fell asleep while robbing a house near Moscow.
4. Russian militaries invented a flying church, paratrooper priests will help lift soldiers’ spirits.
Propagandist platforms often pass off stories by satirical outlets as real news. Information about raping a mummy initially was published by satirical outlet World News Internet Report. According to the mission statement, all their characters – even those based on real people – are fictional. Georgian media outlet published this story as a real news. Detailed information on Geworld’s photo manipulations and disinformation about raping a mummy: https://bit.ly/2Pp88wL

Real stories:

1. In 1979 snow fell in Sahara desert: https://bit.ly/2PGkAHL
2. Drunk Thief Falls Asleep While Robbing House Near Moscow: https://bit.ly/2DrRshE
3. Russian Militaries Invented a Flying Church: https://bit.ly/2STecvd
The game Measure the truth and your nose! was produced by Media Development Foundation (MDF) in cooperation with ForSet.

The game was created by

Author of the concept and questions: Tamar Kintsurashvili, Sopho Gelava
Designer: Anano Sharashenidze
Web developer: David Savaneli, Giorgi Mosashvili
Illustrator: Maiko Khutiashvili
The game was created with the support of the U.S Embassy in Georgia within the framework of Media Literacy Youth Lab for Responsible Media Consumption project.